There is simply no point in arguing with steel-trap logic.
Under the syllogistically undeniable headline, “Uncertainty is bad, but so is mediocrity,” Las Vegas Review-Journal left-listing columnist Steve Sebelius recounts a few quotes from Monday’s UNLV 2014 Economic Outlook in which experts warned that the potential passage in November of a margins tax on businesses is not good for the economy because it creates uncertainty.
But then he bulls his way forward with certitude and confidence, boldly saying the state’s public education system needs more money to improve the level of performance of high school graduates, which will be better for the economy than a tax that sucks the profit out of doing business in Nevada.
The Education Initiative proposes a 2 percent margins tax on all Nevada businesses that gross more than $1 million a year.
“Certainty may be good for business, but it’s not always a good thing. It’s almost certain that if we keep running our schools the way they’re being run now, we’ll continue to reap the disappointing results we’ve seen up until now,” Sebelius writes. “It’s almost certain that if we don’t provide future businesses with an educated workforce capable of performing in new, high-tech jobs, businesses that offer those jobs will continue to set up shop elsewhere.”
Who can argue with that? It sounds reasonable. It sounds logical. It makes sense.
It simply isn’t based on any factual evidence whatsoever.
This is what throwing ever more money at public education in this country has so far accomplished:
Tried and true, right?
The only thing that has a chance of improving education outcomes in this country is competition and choice.
And don’t think for a minute that Nevada hasn’t already been pouring more and more money into its public education system:
Also to no avail:
Besides, there is no assurance any of the margins tax revenues would ever be spent on education.
But those are just pesky facts.