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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Private sector carrying the load

  • What is the future of the United States of America? Is it going to be like it was intended to be by our founding fathers?
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  • To the editor:
    What is the future of the United States of America? Is it going to be like it was intended to be by our founding fathers? Our founding fathers based their ideas and beliefs on indididualism, and private entrepreneurship. So capitalism became the way to grow the country's economic future through private sector endeavors. They decided that the private sector had to be vibrant to grow the country.
    There are two sectors, private and public. The private sector consists of people who do not derive their income from others. This is the sector that produces the tax dollars that others spend.
    The public sector such as the federal, state, county, city governments, and military derive their income from the private sector. In effect the public sector cannot exist without the private sector, but the private sector can exist without the public sector.
    The following is an example of a public sector entity such as Leavenworth School District #453 has total expenditures of $68.6 million for the school year 2012-13. The district has 3,866 students. This is roughly $17,700 per student. The district has one teacher for every eight students. The district has 37 administrators. Average teacher salary and benefits $50,597.
    Teacher contract days 186, or one-half year. There are eight teachers and administrators making over $100,000 per year. The Superintendent salary and benefits $177,050.
    Question – how many private sector workers does it take to support one public sector person? 20 – 30 – 40 – 50 –100? Now Leavenwoth School District is paying $21,574 for membership in a move to get more money from the private sector.

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