Vol. 8    No. 5
MARCH 7, 2013

The Capital City Hues
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Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
                                Keep it Separate!
The beauty of the U.S. Constitution is that it provides a separation of power within our society, making
enough room for all of us to grow and prosper. We have power delineated to the states and power
delineated to the federal government. Even in the federal government, we have power divided between
the legislative, the executive and the judiciary.

And we have power delineated between government and individual citizens, power delineated in the Bill
of Rights because people were afraid of tyranny and the power of the federal government. It states that
people are free from unreasonable searches and seizures and have the right to bear arms. It also calls
for the separation of church and state.

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, my parents put all of their eight children through private, parochial schools.
We went to St. Mary’s Grade School and Marquette University High School and Divine Savior/Holy Angels
for high school. Every Sunday, my father gave money to the church through the offering. I never knew
how much he contributed, but I do know that he gave each and every Sunday religiously. And when it
came time for us to enter high school, my parents paid the tuition for each of us, sometimes as much as
$450 per year and we had upwards of 3-4 of us in high school at any given time.

My parents made sacrifices to send their children to parochial schools. We rarely ate out and holidays
and holy days were family affairs with a lot of good food, but little additional expense. We would go on
family trips in the family car, riding down those winding two-lane roads and camping out or renting a
cabin on occasion.

My parents made sacrifices to educate their children in private schools, but I never heard my father
complain about his tax dollars only going to support public schools. Oh, he would complain about taxes,
especially every April when he would be camped out at a table in the den, calculating every possible
business expense deduction. But he never complained about the public schools being a burden or said
that he should get public funds to send his children to private schools.

While my father might complain about how much he had to render onto Caesar, he dutifully gave to
Caesar and to the Lord. And he kept each of those parts of his life separate from the other. He would be
the first to raise the alarm if the state began to mess with the private schools. He kept church and state
separate, protecting each from the other.

I think my father, who was a life-long Republican, would have disagreed with Governor Scott Walker’s
education plan that calls for up to $73 million of public funds to be spent on vouchers for private schools.
I think he would be appalled with Walker tearing down the separation between church and state for the
sake of a short-term monetary gain.

It is said in life that whoever controls the purse, controls so much more. Once you start accepting money
from someone, whether it is your parents or your government, you have opened up your life to be
controlled by them. “You want unemployment compensation? Then you must do X, Y and Z.”

The $73 million in school voucher aid to private schools, many of them religious schools, may sound like a
great idea for those who want to have their children educated in private schools and still be able to take
that trip out to Colorado to ski. It might create a nice cash flow for Catholic and other religious schools.
And, for now, Walker’s legislation places few strings on the money.

But it creates a precedence and restructures the relationship. Eventually, the private schools will become
dependent on the money and won’t be able to do without it. And then, at some future point, the state
government will be able to start requiring things of the private schools, the parochial schools, and they
will be in a poor financial position to resist. In an indirect — and maybe direct — way, they will have
become a part of the public school system. The separation between church and state will have been
torn down for the sake of greed. And there is more to the separation of church and state than just
financial matters.

While I have other objections to Walker’s education proposals, destroying the separation between church
and state could be detrimental to us all in the long term. It should be preserved through the defeat of
Walker’s education-funding proposals.

I just think my parents would be turning in their graves over this proposal.