It is time for the Republicans to shift their paradigm on Governor Nixon’s veto of HB 253, the historic tax cut bill. Here is the old paradigm as quoted by Senator Sater: “I am disappointed the governor is holding the education of our children hostage to win political points. We voted this session to increase funding for education and to let the taxpayers keep more of their own money. That’s a win-win for Missouri, and the governor is refusing to do either.”
Let me first praise Senator Sater unconditionally for his commitment to HB 253. He said prior to the above quote that, “This is a long overdue and much-deserved tax cut for the people of Missouri. The taxpayers and businesses in southwest Missouri I have heard from do not believe they are undertaxed.” It is time the state of Missouri diminish the amount of property it is confiscating from its people.
But it does not follow that Governor Nixon is holding the education of our children hostage by his budget cuts. That paradigm should be analyzed. Who is the ultimate care taker of “our children?” Is it not the parents? But the old paradigm assumes it is the state run school. How else could funding of a state institution be characterized as holding anyone hostage? The old paradigm believes our children’s education depends on the state.
If we remind ourselves that children are a gift from God and the duty to raise and educate them is the responsibility of the parents, as Sir William Blackstone makes clear in his Commentaries, we will see that high taxation holds the education of our children hostage. Parents have the ultimate right and duty to educate their children. If anyone needs to have the money to educate children it is the parents. Confiscation of their property in the form of taxation is the real hostage taker. Allowing parents to keep more of their own God given property is the only way to liberate education from the confiscatory taxation that holds our children’s education hostage. Governor Nixon, please continue to reduce the state’s education budget so that we can return increasing amounts of the citizen’s property to them and liberate the education of our children.