Monday, May 10, 2010

Federal Money = Federal Control

Last week in a comment defending homeschoolers who accept government money to help pay for their educational materials a friend wrote on my Facebook,
"If my end game is to educate my children, be with them, teach them our values, allow them to learn at their own pace, protect them and prepare them to be in a world with an eternal view rather than temporal, than I don't see the damage in allowing the state to foot the bill for some materials. Afterall, taxpayers certainly pay for them."
My rebuttal was in part,
"Because just like you, the government has an "end game" as well. And they're willing to throw out a few freebies to some for the eventual control of all homeschoolers.
This isn't just hyperbolic speculation either. Federal money equals federal control.

Last week we had the absurd story a third grader punished with a detention for possession of a Jolly Rancher because school officials were worried about losing federal funding. And now we have a nursing home in Savannah, Georgia telling its seniors they can't pray before meals because Uncle Sam pays part of the bill,

Tim Rutherford, Senior Citizens Inc. vice president, said some of his staff recently visited the center and noticed people praying shortly before lunch was served. Rutherford said his company provides meals like baked chicken, steak tips and rice and salads at a cost of about $6 a plate. Seniors taking the meals pay 55 cents and federal money foots the rest of the bill, Rutherford said.

“We can’t scoff at their rules,” he said of federal authorities. “It’s a part of the operational guidelines.”

I guess it's time not only to get kids out of the schools but granny out of the nursing home. Oh and by the way, Uncle Sam now wants to buy your kids dinner after school. Any takers?

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