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What Chris Christie Thinks or Does is Simply “None of Your Business.”
June 18, 2011

If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to use a $12.5 million police helicopter to attend his son's softball game, it's apparently none of your business. In May 2011, when asked by a reporter at a press conference whether he believes in evolution, creationism or intelligent design, Governor Christie responded specifically it's “none of your business.” We may now add to the list of things that Governor Christie believes is “none of your business,” the answer to the question “Why do you send your children to a private school”? At least this time, however, no one can accuse Governor Christie of being a hypocrite.

If you position yourself as a fiscal conservative, but you insensitively try to stick the taxpayers with the cost of a helicopter ride to your son's softball game, you are a hypocrite. If you send your children to a private Catholic school, so they can receive religious instruction as part of their educational program, but for political reasons you won't admit you are a creationist, you are a hypocrite. Remarkably though, when Governor Christie sends his children to a private school, instead of the state public schools, he is not being hypocritical.

Governor Christie has never tried to hide his disdain for public schools. Nor has he been shy about announcing his intention to privatize the New Jersey's public education system. Governor Christie has simply exercised an option that, sadly, is not available to most other Americans. Unlike Governor Christie, few Americans can afford to pay mandatory school taxes, and also pay private school tuition for their children.

America's public school system is a monopoly on top of a monopoly. As taxpayers, we are forced to pay property taxes to support the government educational system. Compulsory education laws then compel us to send our children to those schools, unless we can afford to opt out. Consequently, unlike other service industries, our public school's economic viability is not dependent upon year-end profits derived from courting and producing satisfied clients. Public school employees are paid from taxpayer dollars, and compulsory education laws guarantee a steady supply of customers. As a result, America's public education system is a service industry comprised of employees who have no real inducement to care about either the product they produce or the customers who are supposed to benefit from their service.

Unfortunately, the public education system does not lend itself to improvement or correction from within either. Government schools count within their employee ranks a percentage of incompetents, misfits, malcontents, thugs, bullies, racists and perverts. These same employees, however, are also civil servants, which means their employment cannot be terminated without first satisfying a maze of due process requirements. In addition, school teachers belong to some of the most powerful state and national labor unions ever conceived. If that isn't enough job security, school teachers also enjoy “tenure.” Tenure is virtually a lifetime employment contract, but without the annoying requirement of demonstrating ongoing satisfactory conduct or performance as a teacher.

Governor Christie may be a lot of things, but you cannot call him a hypocrite for not subjecting his children to an education system which he publicly demonizes on a regular basis. It is simply another example of the privileged elites' quiet secession from a country the rest of us still must inhabit.

America's rich and powerful live in gated communities with private security services, rather than being forced to rely upon the local police for their safety. They have the option of going to boutique health clinics and paying private doctors for personalized health care, rather than being relegated to a single-payer, public option health system. They can also send their children to private schools for their education, rather than subject them to the vagaries of the public education system, where the teachers aren't teaching, and our children aren't learning.

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