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I was living in the upscale Birmingham school district of Michigan in 2000 when the voucher program was overwhelmingly defeated. It wasn’t hard to see why. Good school districts have high property values. Even if you maintain the high quality of the school district when outside students are brought in, property values will decline because the need to move to the district to get into the quality school no longer exists. With vouchers, a family that wants a quality public school education can live just about anywhere. Thus the distortion in home market prices that occurs wherever there is a quality public school system will cease to exist wherever there are vouchers available. Current property owners are left holding the bag, and they of course, don’t want that to happen.p>Although the economic incentives provided by vouchers do improve school systems, you can’t get people to vote against their pocketbooks. br> — Paul Doolittle /p> p> IRAQ, ONE PIECE AT A TIME br> Re: John Connly Walsh’s Iraq in Late Summer : /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?