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ONE PERCENT SOLUTION . . . (one page per day) Page 101 of 252


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A satire of dysfunctional politics and economic disparity.  

Chapter IX: Day/Page 101 CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY. . . .  In theory, the voucher system sounded compellingly good, which prompted many to initially jump on the bandwagon. The problem, however, as they later found out, was that tuition for private schools invariably cost more than the vouchers were worth, meaning families had to pay for the additional costs of private tuition themselves. For wealthier families who could afford to do so, and who were planning to do so anyway, this was a great deal because now they could use public money to subsidize private education. But for less-affluent families who could not afford the additional burden of private tuition, and had to keep their children in public schools instead, it didn’t work out quite as well, because now public schools had less tax revenue available to fund their educational services.

Accordingly, the quality of public education fell, due to less funding; while the quality and, more importantly, the profits of private education rose, due to more subsidies. This resulted in even greater polarization and economic disparity, which was perfectly aligned with the tenets of the sanctified DDT system.

As it turned out, this mass dumbing-down of society was also great for corporate profits in other areas too, just as the right-handers promised. With a larger, more desperate, less educated workforce, the cost of labor fell precipitously as people fought for exiguous jobs. As labor costs plummeted, corporate profits soared. It was simple economics. Even the mealy-mouthed leftists who professed adhering to reason and logic should understand that, the right-handers gleefully proclaimed. People were plentiful and poorly skilled, while jobs were scarce and in high demand; so the price for people fell, and the demand for jobs rose, just as the market and god had commanded.

One particular area of the economy that got a really nice boost from dribble-down economics, coupled with faith-based law, was the lucrative business of building and managing prisons. With so many more poor, uneducated people now blessed with more babies—which they could neither afford to support nor educate—the juvenile-delinquency rates climbed. And when those tender young pups matured into hardened, full-fledged criminal adults, well, the crime-rate surged then too, which was great for the burgeoning prisons.

It didn’t matter that it cost 100 times more to incarcerate someone in prison than to educate them in public schools. That wasn’t the point, because prisons were profitable businesses, while public schools were not, for the very reason that they were more easily privatized and generated 100 times more revenue per head. This way, at least . . .

TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW

Available on Amazon , Barnes & NobleKobo, and Smashwords in Digital and Paperback versions. 

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2013 by Gregory James      All rights reserved

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About Gregory James

After 20 years working and living overseas, I returned to the US and was disgusted by how partisan and polarized the country had become. Civility and compromise are now quaint things of the past, replaced by intolerance and the rule of extremes. So I gave up a lucrative career for staring at blank pages and searching for words, in the hope that words might help enact change. Stupid. . . . I know! But after 9 months of labor I birthed forth a book, entitled ONE PERCENT SOLUTION. Reminiscent of Vonnegut, with a dash of Saramago and Fforde, this humorous, satirical, often irreverent romp mocks the absurd we accept to be normal, ridicules the ridiculously low bar we set, and challenges all of us to demand more of ourselves by making light of what is sacred that shackles us.

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