It must be the start of the school year, once again we have someone upset at the parents of large families ("Large families burden system, Aug. 29). The implication in this letter is that large families are unfairly benefiting from "my" taxes and "I" am not getting anything out of it.
I can see the writer's viewpoint. The first time I received a property tax notice after buying a house in this state, the thought came to mind: "Why should I pay so much money for the school levy? I have no children. What do I get out of it?" Well, I stopped to think about it and decided that I did benefit, though not immediately.It is in my best interest to make sure that the children in this state are as well-educated as possible. The reason? These children will eventually grow up and get jobs. They better they are educated, the better paying the job they will get. The higher their pay, the more Social Security taxes they will pay.
Since the U.S. government works on a spend-as-soon-as-they-get-it (and often before they get it) basis, my Social Security taxes are not being set aside for my retirement. The only thing that will secure my pension when I retire will be the Social Security taxes being paid by today's children.
Does the fact that I am subsidizing people who have large families bother me? No. The more children there are today and the better their education, the more secure is my pension. Paying toward the education of these children is in their best interest and mine.
So, to parents of large families, I'll gladly subsidize the education of your children because I realize your children will be subsidizing me when I can no longer work.
Salt Lake City