Why you can’t keep giving everything away for free

iPad destroyed by student

I’ve made no secret that I work at a school in a very poor urban area. We bent over backwards to make sure students had devices and wifi access during remote learning this past year. Unlike neighboring school districts, parents were not required to pay a small fee for use of the device. BIG MISTAKE. This is what was returned to me this week. When asked, the student replied he tried to take the plastic cover off. He shrugged his shoulders when I asked why.

I have learned that people take better care of items when they have some skin in the game. My sewing students take better care of machines and supplies when a small user fee is tacked on to the class fee. Students tidy up the library before special treats or privileges are enjoyed.

When I was a kid, you didn’t admit that you received any type of government assistance. It was considered shameful. Now, it’s considered a badge of honor to get as much free stuff from the government as possible. It needs to stop.

Businesses can’t find workers because stimulus checks and unemployment benefits are far more lucrative. Now the federal government is starting to send out payments to parents based on the number of children in the family. Where’s the incentive to go to work?

Raise corporate taxes! Corporations are merely going to pass along the tax increases in the form of higher prices paid by the consumer (that would be you and me). This is also known as inflation.

Tax the rich! They don’t *need* the money! Perhaps not, but most of the more well-to-do folks that I know worked very, very hard for their money. They scrimped, saved and invested over the years. Why shouldn’t they be able to keep their money? If the government takes more via taxation, that’s usually less money they have to donate back to the local community. It may also mean the small business owner decides not to expand, not to raise wages, to decrease benefits or even close the doors because it’s no longer worth it due to all of the higher taxes. Again, no incentive to bust it every day.

That’s just wrong.