Prop G (SFUSD Parcel Tax) Rebuttal from Jawj

Hi All. OK, here is Jawj's rebuttal. I suggested to her that we call them
"government" schools rather than "public" schools in the 3 spots they're
written--makes them sound as horrid as they actually are. Clocks in at 222

The proponents of Proposition G make it sound like we’re against motherhood
and apple pie. They tell us, again without argument, that we need a new
20-year parcel tax to give San Francisco’s public school teachers an extra
2% pay raise so that they can afford to live in the City.

They don’t tell us that, because of the higher cost of living here, our
public school teachers are already paid more than any in the whole Bay area..
Or that *they are paid significantly more than teachers in our private and
religious schools, who never threaten to go on strike.* Or that parents
will sacrifice for private school or home schooling alternatives, so that *only
about 59% of our school age children are educated in public schools.*

Nor are they troubled by the inequities of a parcel tax. Only about a
third of San Franciscans pay it. It’s a perfectly regressive flat sum tax.
Parcel size and value are irrelevant.

But teachers like parcel tax measures because they pass easily whenever
they have “teacher” or “education” in the title. So why *not* ask for a
new 20- year parcel tax, *even when taxpayers still have a decade of
payments to go on the last such parcel tax*?

Fight teacher union manipulation. *VOTE NO ON G.*

Libertarian Party of San Francisco


Yes! I strongly advise calling them "government schools" rather than "private schools", and also substituting "independent" for "private"!

  A few other quick suggestions:

• "Or that parents often sacrifice..." rather than "Or that parents will sacrifice..."

• "But union leaders like parcel tax measures..." rather than "But teachers like parcel tax measures..." (to make up for the extra word there, change "whenever they have 'teacher' or 'education' in the title" to "whenever 'teacher' or 'education' appear in the title)

• Replace "Fight" in the final sentence with "Resist" (good connotations right now with the "Resist" term being commonly applied to anti-Trump efforts).

• capitalize "LPSF" in our website address, to make it stand out a little more (the lower-case "l" is more readily mistaken for an "i" or a "1").

  Otherwise what Jawg wrote looks pretty solid and no other simple edits are leaping out at me.

  If I were doing more of a rewrite, I would probably take out the paragraph about the "regressive tax" angle (which was already discussed in our initial argument), and instead try to say more about the last parcel tax, or the big salaries that many administrators are being paid and how some of that money could go to teachers, instead of soaking taxpayers who are in many cases less well-off.

Love & Liberty,
                                 ((( starchild )))

Also excellent…