Taxation for Education

January 20, 1868


General Butler proposes that all property and non-property-holders should have to pay taxes for education, a more conservative idea than expected coming from Butler. His justification remains that it is only fair since all people have children that need to be educated.


Taxation for Education. General Butler, in his speech to the Mongrel Convention,-which was far more conservative than we had anticipated gave the motley Radicals who remained to listen to him very good advice on the subject of taxation for education. He contended that that was clearly a burthen which should rest upon all men-non-property-holders as well as property-holders. "The tax," he said, "should be put upon the individual, because the individual has "the children to educate, and not the property." But we apprehend this good logic will not go down with the mongrels, who, belonging to the "Destructive" class, therefore demand all the privileges and repudiate all the burthens of society. They have, according to the instructions of the mischievous missionaries who have been sent from Washington to teach them, already in their resolutions and public speeches declared against any personal tax whatever, and every proposition for education yet introduced proposes to levy the tax to sustain it altogether upon "property." There have been many of them-all of the same tenor. It is one of the most monstrous among the monstrous aspects of the present misrule of Virginia and the South by negroes and scallawag whites that they claim all the benefits and even the governing power in the body-politic whilst they propose to protect themselves in the constitutions they are making from ail the burthens of the State!
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