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October 25, 2023
Watch: Property Taxes And How The Government Ties Owning Your Own Home To The Indoctrination Of Your Children
Today’s show got into how owning your home and paying taxes finances the indoctrination of your children in America's schools.
The American dream is not dead, at least not yet.
"It really is long-term theft. You don't really get to own anything. That is compounded by the fact that you may not be able to own homes in the future considering what the rates are these days," said Crowder.
Basically, the cards are stacked against Americans these days.
“If you believe the American dream is dead, you are probably looking in the wrong places. There are ways to make it work. That being said, homeownership is a huge component of that,” Crowder said.
Property taxes make it feel or seem much more like renting. This is even true in Texas.
In his 2023 State of the State address, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made cutting property taxes an emergency item for the 88th Legislature.
If you don’t pay your property taxes, then you unfortunately don’t own your property anymore. All states have a process that allows the taxing authority to sell a home to collect delinquent taxes.
What do you think property taxes pay for?
Well, officials tell us that property taxes are necessary for funding social programs. But in fact, a large portion actually goes towards schools or public education.
Many people may believe that is a good thing because it’s commonly believed that more money means better school. But that’s not exactly true.
"Even if you took every single dollar that was spent that was sent over to Ukraine, it wouldn't help at all. It would not improve the metrics in public schooling. It’s actually incapable of improving with increased funding,” Crowder said.
Total expenditures for public education average $17,013 per pupil.
Subsequently, we are spending more money but we are worse off. Scores are getting worse, not better.
In New York City, over $30,000 is spent per pupil. But more than half of students cannot even do math. In Baltimore, 13 high schools don't have a single student who has achieved grade-level proficiency in math.
The point is that the education system is failing while the bureaucracy of it increases.
Does anyone remember a school secratary that changed their life?
It gets worse.
Of districts with more than 100,000 students, 89 percent have a chief diversity officer, which is up from 79 percent just a couple of years ago.
"Your property taxes are paying for these absurd costs in schools,” Crowder said.
But this is why local elections matter.
"You can have a direct impact on your property taxes, where they go, and how your schools are being run. That's something you can do,” Crowder said.
This is why school choice is important. The money should be attached to the student, not the school. Your zip code should not decide your fate in education.
"Our school system, as it exists right now, doesn't work," Crowder said. "Before scaling back a dime, just make it so they have a choice."