Playing the ‘save-the-children’ card
To the Editor
I received in my mail a 6x11-inch postcard which, according to the card, was “Paid for by Move Duncan Forward.” MDF insists we “must” come up with $41 million to “ensure” the future of our children. I have noticed the tax and spend crowd always plays the save-the-children card to justify expenditures which are not otherwise justifiable.
Previous promotions from MDF and others minimize the huge total by claiming it will only cost a fraction of a sent of property value and, by implication, state that anyone not willing to part with a few cents is a selfish scrooge.
This is the Salami Game: A little slice here, a little slice there and no one notices until the salami is gone.
This is how it’s played by MDF
• Recite that the “investment will be used to finance measures which will guarantee the wished-for future for those children. I have noticed “investment” is the code word for “tax and spend.”
• Tout several brick and mortar features — repairing facilities, constructing new class rooms, etc., which will “ensure” the wished-for result. Has it ever been show by anyone that brick and mortar will in fact ensure any future?
• Imply “touchy-feely” features — improving the student educational experience, giving students the best educational environment — will “ensure” the wished-for result.
• Assert the “investment” will impel business owners to come to town and bring money/ That is surely the most unfounded assumption of all.
Is any “investment” going to make “more” perfect the long list of students who have a grade point of 4.0? Are we now being asked to pay more to get the same result? What is the point of gilding the lily?
Thomas R. Weaver