6.4.06

EXIT TAXES. Photon Courier links to a Belgian source that turns up a statement by Dutch Labor Party member of Parliament Sharon Dijksma that is unlikely to tone down the Mommy Wars.
"A highly-educated woman who chooses to stay at home and not to work - that is destruction of capital," Dijksma said. "If you receive the benefit of an expensive education at the cost of society, you should not be allowed to throw away that knowledge unpunished."
It doesn't sound any better in the original.
Daarbij is het uitgangspunt een sociaal leenstelsel, waarbij ex-studenten naar rato van het inkomen achteraf hun studiefinanciering in maximaal 25 jaar terugbetalen. Dat zou er toe kunnen leiden dat afgestudeerden die er voor kiezen niet te werken hun schuld niet hoeven terug te betalen. Ik zou het onterecht vinden als mannen of vrouwen die er bewust voor kiezen (het gaat dus niet om ongewilde werkloosheid, etc) niet te werken hun studieschuld niet hoeven terug te betalen. Dit is niet meer dan rechtvaardig naar al die werkende mensen toe die na hun genoten studie wel hun studieschuld moeten afbetalen.
Anybody remember the large bills the Soviet government presented Jews emigrating to Israel in the early 1970s? For that matter, doesn't the same silliness crop up in state university appropriations (e.g. legislatures reluctant to subsidize the educations of Wisconsinites that turn up in, say, Illinois?)

But something else also occurs to me. Suppose somebody pursues an expensive, taxpayer-subsidized education and becomes ... a docent at a museum? ... a music teacher? ... a county forester? ... when that person has the credentials to be ... a lawyer ... a bond trader ... an aircraft designer. Isn't that also a destruction of capital?

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