No business being involved
Melinda Gates Charity and Michael Bloomberg organization donate $2 million to yes on Amendment 66.
Once again people who don't live in Colorado are trying to influence, or tell Coloradans what to do.
They have no real interest in Colorado kids or schools or they would have donated the $2 million to Colorado schools.
These out-of-staters are not more enlightened or smarter than Coloradans. They just want to influence elections in our state where they have no business being involved. They can't believe that Colorado residents value the right to control their taxes rather than write blank checks to politicians.
Amendment 66 won't help schools and will provide a constitutional loophole for politicians to raise taxes at their will regardless of TABOR.
Pretty ads don't give whole picture
The Gazette's Megan Schrader revealed Colorado is again under attack from Eastern establishment megabucks in the form of a $2 million dollar cash infusion to the already multimillion dollar ad campaign promoting Amendment 66. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Melinda Gates "charities" are again meddling in Colorado's politics. Hmm.....
What's it to them? Well here is a possible answer. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has spent at least $150 million on "Common Core," which is essentially standardizing (read federalizing) education. The standards are so lowered that school districts and states in the know are opting out of Common Core so they can get back to the business of properly educating students.
All this ultimately is such an Orwellian scheme that even old George Orwell himself couldn't have imagined it. Eventually, no more pencils, no more books, just big brother watching your kid study through the big Internet in the sky. Each child will have a laptop complete with camera to monitor facial expressions and mouse pressure. And when the child disagrees with the social agenda, he will need to be re-educated, along with his parents, after all to disagree constitutes bullying.
Amendment 66 and Common Core are intimately connected, all those pretty ads are not telling you what you really need to know, which is big brother and big sister are after your kids and your money and freedom.
Opening the door to higher taxes
Now the Wall Street Journal has weighed in on Amendment 66. In their Opinion Section printed on Oct. 24,they stated:
"The Colorado Tax Increase for Education or Amendment 66 follows the well-trod union script of claiming to raise taxes in the name of better schools. Its real purpose is to repeal restraints on tax increases and open the door to even higher taxes and more spending on everything."
The article goes on to say - referring to the 5.9 percent increase on those making over $75,000 per year - "That's a 26.6 percent tax increase on anyone making more than $75,000 per year."
Small businesses would be hurt because: "more than half a million small businesses in Colorado, or 92 percent of all in-state businesses in Colorado pay taxes at individual tax rates and thus would face a tax increase under Amendment 66".
We all know where most of the money will end up - the public teacher's pension fund.
The article concludes with an interesting example: "although the Cotopaxi (Colorado) School District received nearly a 36 percent increase in per pupil funding from 2007-2012, the highest in the state, its test scores dropped by 8.3 percent."
Throwing more money at education without reforms in teacher accountability, which the unions refuse to accept, is a nonstarter that the voters should and will reject.
Judge the future by the past
Didn't we just vote down a year or so ago Sen. Rollie Heath's "Bright Colorado" tax increase for education? A hastily put together boondoggle!
We sure did, and now comes Amendment 66. In the Monday edition of The Gazette, look at where the money is coming from and the huge amounts of money in support of Amendment 66! That's telling us something.
If we were assured that this huge tax increase would be invested first and foremost in the classrooms (bottom's up versus top down) that is one thing.
More computers, updated textbooks instead of supporting bloated administrative salaries and not being forthright with the voters as to how each dime is spent, while lessening the burden on teachers who shop for back to school supply sales paid out of their own pocket on meager salaries each August, then perhaps we can negotiate an increase in lieu of this $1 billion boondoggle and have it properly spent.
But like anything in our society - do read the fine print and judge the future by the past on issues such as this one, which isn't pretty.
Until we get a full accounting of this $1 billion tax increase for education, vote no on Amendment 66!
John R. Drillock