Is education as an expense or an investment? When does spending, even for a good cause, yield too little of a return to be worth it?
Taxes are at the center of the debate, specifically the issue of how to allocate revenues for education.
Like today, practical realities made it impossible to pay for everything in the 18th century. We simply can’t afford everything we would like to have.
Barring compromise, whoever holds political power gets to decide the community’s needs, as opposed to mere wants.
Times change. But in the long run, budget choices say a lot about our priorities as a people.
What should Americans value most?
What is indispensable?
What are we willing to give up?