It happens every day. Politicians take our money, and then, after they already have our money, they tell what we will get for our money. Whether what we get for our money has anything to do with what we want depends upon our persistence in badgering our leaders.
Does that seem like a joke? Then consider this parable.
Luke 18:1-8 Good News Translation (GNT)
The Parable of the Widow and the Judge
18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to teach them that they should always pray and never become discouraged. 2 “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected people. 3 And there was a widow in that same town who kept coming to him and pleading for her rights, saying, ‘Help me against my opponent!’ 4 For a long time the judge refused to act, but at last he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect people, 5 yet because of all the trouble this widow is giving me, I will see to it that she gets her rights. If I don’t, she will keep on coming and finally wear me out!’”
6 And the Lord continued, “Listen to what that corrupt judge said. 7 Now, will God not judge in favor of his own people who cry to him day and night for help? Will he be slow to help them? 8 I tell you, he will judge in their favor and do it quickly. But will the Son of Man find faith on earth when he comes?”
As the Bible attests, God listens to our prayers, but getting what we want out of leaders is age-old problem.
Want a modern example, one relevant to our local area? Then consider this story at Bristow Beat.
One of the residents’ greatest concerns with residential growth throughout western Prince William County is how county services can keep pace with the increasing population.
In a presentation to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 27. Planning Office Director Chris Price, presented the planning study for the Stone Haven Development, where he acknowledged the need for new schools and praised the high level of community involvement in the pre-planning process. (continued here)
The Bristow Beat story is not badly written. The reporter is not trying to mislead. Nonetheless, the reporter neglects pertinent details. For example, even if development company that wants to build Stone Haven development actually did pay for a new high school (and it will not), that new high school would take about five years to build. With all the red tape, our government is that slow.
So what happens if the Prince William Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) approves the Stone Haven development? Depending upon whether our economy collapses first, we will get a big new development, the BOCS will get more money to spend, but nobody really knows when or whether we will get a new high school.
In fact, the Bristow Beat published this story the next day.
In a presentation to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, School Board Chairman-At-Large Milt Johns stated that budget cuts proposed by Chairman-At-Large Corey Stewart’s flat tax bill, might forces the school division to eliminate popular programs and delay funding of new schools.
“An additional 12 million dollar cut in the funding that we are receiving, I believe, will significantly change the education system that we deliver to the citizens,” Johns said. (continued here)
So how should we assess the situation? The PWC Education Reform Blog provides an interesting and detailed post here.
Several days ago Planning Office Director Chris Price presented the recommendation for development of the Stonehaven property in the Gainesville / Bristow area. The proposal from county staff was to reduce the amount of land in that parcel that was to be dedicated to employment centers and increase the number of houses to be built there from about 1200 to 2000. During the presentation it was implied that this would be a good thing for area residents as we’d “get” a much needed high school that would relieve overcrowding at Patriot and Battlefield high schools.
This folks, is malarkey. (continued here)
This absurd situation is, of course, directly due to the fact we put politicians in charge of the education of our children. Since they already have our money, we have to persuade our leaders to spend it appropriately. How did we ever get in this situation? They conned us. They told us education is a “right.” In addition, they told us they would spend somebody else’s money to pay for the education of our children.
So now all we can do is badger them. We just have to figure out what for. Will it be easier to badger our county supervisors not to approve the Stone Haven development, or will it be easier to badger our county supervisors to build new schools (including elementary and middle schools) after they have approved the Stone Haven development and added to our student population?