by Dr. Michael Sanera
Director of Research and Local Government Studies
Wake School Board members need to take this article by Don Boudreaux to heart. They continue to live in a dream world where top-down central planning makes sense. If it works so well with schools why not try the same central planning system with grocery stores and after that shoe stores and after that department stores.
Suppose that we were supplied with groceries in same way that we are supplied with K-12 education.
Residents of each county would pay taxes on their properties. A huge chunk of these tax receipts would then be spent by government officials on building and operating supermarkets. County residents, depending upon their specific residential addresses, would be assigned to a particular supermarket. Each family could then get its weekly allotment of groceries for “free.” (Department of Supermarket officials would no doubt be charged with the responsibility for determining the proper amounts and kinds of groceries that families of different kinds and sizes are entitled to receive.)
Except in rare circumstances, no family would be allowed to patronize a “public” supermarket outside of its district.
Read on for the punch lines.