Ron Paul Urges More Tax Breaks For Education

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Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Shutting down the Department of Education and returning control of the education dollar to the American people is the key to improving education. The best way to put the people in charge of education is by shutting down all unconstitutional bureaucracies, repealing the Sixteenth Amendment, and ending the Federal Reserve’s money monopoly.

Since Congress is unlikely to restore constitutional, limited government in the near future, supporters of quality education must advance policies aimed at giving Americans control over the education dollar so they can seek alternatives to the federally-controlled system. This is why I have always supported education tax credits and deductions.

When I was in Congress, I introduced legislation providing tax credits for contributions to education scholarship funds. These funds provide K-12 scholarships to low-income-family students whose parents cannot afford private schools. These scholarship funds allow these children to escape government schools that have been ruined by federal “reforms” like No Child Left Behind and Common Core, as well as mandates such as the ones dictating what can be served in school cafeterias.

Including education scholarship tax credits in the tax reform bill currently before Congress would be a major step toward creating a free market in education. In a free market, parents could select the type of education that best suits the unique needs of their children, instead of the demands of politicians and bureaucrats. Schools could compete on the basis of academics, extracurricular activities, and even lunch menus. Those with unique and innovative education ideas would be free to establish schools and prove their models’ superiority.

Moving to a free-market education system would increase the amount of money spent on educating children.

This is because in a free market resources would not be siphoned away from the classroom to support a bloated federal bureaucracy and schools would not be force to waste valuable resources proving they are complying with federal regulations.

By increasing competition, education scholarship tax credits encourage government-run schools to improve.

The threat of losing more students may even cause local school boards and state boards of education to resist federal mandates. Thus, education scholarship tax credits can improve the education of all children.

Some libertarians oppose education scholarship tax credits on the grounds that they are a form of government “subsidy.”

Since education tax credits allow people to use their own money to support education, this claim only makes sense if one believes that all income is owned by the government, so any income not taxed away is a gift from government. This is a strange position for a libertarian to take!

Other critics say that tax breaks for education (or any other item) distort the market.

They also claim that these tax breaks cause income taxes to be higher than they would be without these credits. These critics may have a point, but the answer is to force Congress to cut spending and reduce or eliminate all taxes, not to take away existing tax breaks.

Almost all Americans agree that education should be generously funded.

The only question is who should control the education dollar — the federal government or the people. Anyone looking for the answer need only consider how American education has declined as the federal government’s role has increased. Education scholarship tax credits are an important step toward restoring control of education to the American people and providing a quality education to children from low-income families. Congress should help American children and include education scholarship tax credits in the tax reform bill.

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IH8OBAMA's picture

I thought Ron Paul retired.  Aren't you supposed to go have fun and shut up when you retire?

 

ACP's picture

Wait, Ron Paul picking and choosing winners and losers? That was unexpected.

Whatever happened to ABOLISHING the income tax altogether?

HRClinton's picture

RP, either play with the grandkids, or go "full ZH" and tell them the Truth: End the Fed!

No more mamby-pamby, passive-aggressive objections and lamentations.

Gap Admirer's picture

Tax breaks for eduction?  No.  Education should be completely free market without government interference (so shoudl pretty much everything else, BTW).  If a special snowflake wants to major in Womyn's Studies, let it pay for the "education" itself or get a PRIVATE loan to do so.  The private loan won't happen, and rightfully so.  If they want to get a degree in a marketable field (STEM, in general), they have a good chance of getting a loan because it will probably be paid back.

Also, loads of "free" money flooding into the education system is what's driving prices up.  Allow the education system to become efficient.

Billy the Poet's picture

Has everyone missed the point that Ron is talking about tax credits for parents of K-12 students who want to escape public schools?

gatorengineer's picture

What part of pay your own way don’t you understand?

Billy the Poet's picture

That's the entire point. Let parents pay the school their children actually attend and not some other school entirely.

gatorengineer's picture

Let the parents pay exactly. Not me not you. The sperm and egg donors. I have three kids BTWand I should be the one to house feed and educate them. Not my neighbor. And when they are done in 12 years I don’t pay anymore.

Billy the Poet's picture

So let me understand this. You want no tax cuts of any kind until the entire tax code is abolished. Is that right?

 

ne-tiger's picture

I never understand why tuition is not tax free. That's the least government could do if they don't pay for education.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Government should give free cars and houses to returning military staff.   Add cash prizes into the mix for combat vets.

 

Government should give all of us Uber credits to combat global warming.  And students should get free Internet enabled phones for study. 

ne-tiger's picture

What the fuck are you talking about? Government should spend all your ass on wars?

Boxed Merlot's picture

Government should give...and a baby's arm holding an apple...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgjfi1DU1mQ

(The tubes - What Do You Want From Life?...)

ne-tiger's picture

Education is free/low cost in almost any part of the world.

gatorengineer's picture

Everything should be free right. You Fing idiot. Hell why pay for anything right it’s all free.

ne-tiger's picture

Fuck you, education IS much more important than a lot of things! I'm just saying tuition should be tax exempt. But it's not a concern for you fucking rednecks.

 

That's why US is a shit hole now.

gatorengineer's picture

The US is a shot hole right now because of the loss of morals and values due to the LEFT. The everything should be free and handed to me mindset that you espouse.

gatorengineer's picture

The US is a shot hole right now because of the loss of morals and values due to the LEFT. The everything should be free and handed to me mindset that you espouse.

Boxed Merlot's picture

I agree but I can understand the reluctance in the fact that much as what passes for "education' is nothing more than an indoctrination of unproven and malicious concepts that either provide continuation of cover for existing criminal entities / families and / or their propagation of such false and injurious claims to feed and spawn breeding grounds for their misguided and malformed descendants.

ne-tiger's picture

What about math/engineering? Those tax dollars will be much better spent than fucking wars.

tmosley's picture

Yes, please, we need MORE misallocation of capital into the liberal indoctrination system.

Jesus Christ.

Billy the Poet's picture

How is helping kids escape public K-12 schools supporting the "the liberal indoctrination system?"

The public schools ARE the "the liberal indoctrination system."

ne-tiger's picture

So basically, parents who care about and pay for their kids education get double whammy while people/rednecks who don't give a shit and pay nothing for it get a free pass.

Billy the Poet's picture

I pay school taxes and I have no kids. But I'd feel really screwed if I had to pay for public school while my kids attended another school entirely (which I also had to pay for).

ne-tiger's picture

You don't have to if you don't want. What I don't get is, if college is 50K, parents pay for it, it's 80K before tax, do our government basically encourage either low education or debt slave kids? They would much rather spend the money for fucking wars.

Billy the Poet's picture

If I own property and don't want my house to be sold at auction I have to pay. Let's try to remain grounded in reality here. Even renters pay property taxes through the conduit of their landlord.

gatorengineer's picture

Check your non .gov education system they are all more liberal than .gov. A school that had Mark Twain on the shelves would be labeled racist and burned.

Try and find a canned home school program on the net. You won’t because the education establishment won’t allow it.

Billy the Poet's picture

all more liberal than .gov.

 

All of them? Really? When you make blanket statements like that I simply have to doubt your veracity. It's like you just don't want there to be any solution to the problem.

gatorengineer's picture

The fix is get .gov and .unions out of it. Education is a local issue that is the fix. Orange Jesus was supposed dismantle the department of education remember. That would be a first step in the solution

Billy the Poet's picture

That sounds familiar. Now where have I heard that before?

 

Shutting down the Department of Education and returning control of the education dollar to the American people is the key to improving education. The best way to put the people in charge of education is by shutting down all unconstitutional bureaucracies, repealing the Sixteenth Amendment, and ending the Federal Reserve’s money monopoly.

hxc's picture

Lmao! You mean like...

RON PAUL'S HOME SCHOOL PROGRAM???

chunga's picture

It already is generously funded. Way too generously funded.

I'd take away this bankruptcy "reform" shit and make the crazy debt dischargeable. The education piece of this scam is merely notational, it's all about the debt, the moar the better. Plain and simple.

HRClinton's picture

RP is getting dotty. Either that, or he's still the comfy, Controlled Opposition.

The "Financing" is not the problem. The PRICING is the problem, you damn old fool!

Billy the Poet's picture

I'm curious. Why don't you want to make it easier for students to opt out of public schooling?

smallblockchevy350's picture

I don't think they read past the headline so they didn't see the K-12 part.

Billy the Poet's picture

It's apparently more important to hurry up and post comments calling Ron Paul a dotard than to actually read the article. Casts those Baltimore schools that don't graduate a single student who can read in a whole new light.

gatorengineer's picture

Billy google charter schools learn a bit before you say dumb shit. It’s just the establishment repackaged. Education in the US needs to be burned down. Get the feds and state government out of it. Education should be local.

Billy the Poet's picture

You're right. Ron Paul's position should be "Burn down the schools!" That' a sure fire (pun intended) way to gain support.

 

chunga's picture

I read your comments //`// closely because you always read the articles carefully, damn you. If this is confined to squeezing public K-12 I'm all for it. I still haven't read it but I'll take your word for it.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZeDvbyaJA4

Billy the Poet's picture

I love The Band. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down was my song of the year.

I was confused by the comments and so I reread the article. I also searched the page for the words "college" and "universities." "College" only appears in the comments and not in the text of Ron's article. "Universities" does not appear anywhere on the page. Ron only mentions K-12 schools.

chunga's picture

It's guitar practice night and being close to Christmas I gotta play this for my honey. She loves this song. I'm just wandering into this room shooting my mouth off, half-cocked as usual. This song isn't easy to play for me at least.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xghPB05YSNk

Billy the Poet's picture

I've owned a guitar since the 70s but no one would make the mistake of saying that I can play it. Now I'm going to take up the bass so that I can play along with a good friend who often brings his guitar along. I'm getting a cheap but well reviewed acoustic/electric bass for Christmas but in the meantime I've retuned my guitar and octave lower and started plucking Sunshine of Your Love.

 

https://jet.com/product/Natural-Acoustic-Electric-Bass-Guitar-With-Equal...

Fantasy Free Economics's picture

Ron Paul's idea sounds great. Almost everything sounds good on paper.

For example, a chain letter looks like a great business model on paper.

http://quillian.net/blog/anti-moore-republicans/

I have to give him some credit. What other lawmaker has even suggested closing a government agency?

There hasn't been a genuine conservative initiative since Calvin Cooledge refused to expand the role of the federal govenment prior to the great depression.

Lost in translation's picture

Visit a public high school sometime, if you can.

At least once per quarter I visit an old classmate teaching grade 12 in the valley. Title I school, 86% hispanic.

High-end cell phones out, everywhere I look. Students are sweet by nature but seem completely unmotivated, no one has anything more than passing interest in new information of any kind. Yet almost all of them tell me “I’m going to college!” when I ask: what are your plans for the future?

Teachers don’t seem very bright. Every one I’ve seen so far is somewhere between noticeably overweight and morbidly obese.

Most of the student life I’ve seen to date revolves around non-educational activities: assemblies, rallies, dances, and hip-hop music played through large speakers, outdoors, daily at lunch time. Local residents must be insane by now.

Public education in CA is truly an obscene waste of taxpayer dollars if ever there was one.

Nobodys Home's picture

....I'd add removing the Communist professors and Common Core.
Shut down the communist infiltration of the education of our educators.
Pay and tenure measured by results. No more gradgeyatin gradgeiates that kan't spel or doo maff!

herefortheshow17's picture

End the FED. End the Dept of Re-Education. Ron Paul 2020 since Trump won't do his job!

Nobodys Home's picture

Mr. No would have been awesome. Although I'd bet they would have been all over him worse than they are all over Trump.

rf80412's picture

Compare how much the average family pays in taxes each year to fund the public school system versus how much a year's tuition at the local private schools costs.  Vouchers and tax breaks alone won't do it.  If you think public schools are shitty, imagine how bad a private school would need to be for tuition to cost the same as school taxes and fees ... especially when you include seven figure paychecks for C-levels and generous dividends for stockholders.

Billy the Poet's picture

The tax credit helps pay the bill. It doesn't necessarily pay the entire bill. Doesn't make it a bad thing.

rf80412's picture

I agree, but I think the revolution would be easier if you could tell people they won't be paying any more than they already are.

The conventional wisdom is that privatization means higher prices for a lower quality product.