If Johnny couldn't read before, he's really in trouble now that there is a taxpayer's revolt in this country.

In a couple of years this scene could be played all over the country.

"Hey, Johnny, what are you doing throwing that rock through the window?"


"Why aren't you in school?"

"School's closed."

"Then why don't you go and play in the park?"

"Can't. The park's closed."

"Well, go to the library and read a book."

"No way. All the libraries are closed."

"Then go play in the streets."

"The streets are full of garbage. No one's picked it up for over a week."

"Surely you can find something constructive for an 11-year-old boy to do."

"I could set fire to a building. But that's no fun because the fire engines won't come any more."

"That's a bad bruise on you leg. Have you been to see a doctor?"

"I tried to but the emergency room at the hospital is closed. They said they don't have any money."

"Where's your mother?"


"Then you should be in a day-care center."

"I was until they closed it."

"Who gets your lunch for you?"

"Don't have lunch since they closed the school."

"I guess you're too young to get a job."

"Yup. Nobody wants to give me a job because they say I should be in school."

"What do you intend to do after you've broken all the windows?"

"I don't know. Maybe steal a bicycle, if I can find one."

"I don't like that kind of talk, Johnny. You should set your sights on higher goals than that."

"Like what?"

"Getting a good education for one."

"How can I do that if the schools are closed?"

"They won't be closed forever."

"They'll be closed long enough for me to steal a bike."

"Why don't you educate yourself?"

"Don't have no books."

"There has to be something you could do that isn't against the law. What do you want to be when you grow up?"

"Don't care."

"Why not?"

"Nobody cares about me."

"That's a terrible thing to say. What makes this country great is that you can be anything you want to be when you grow up, including president of the United States."

"What's the president of the United States?"

"You mean to say you're 11 years old and you don't even know about the president of the United States."

"I guess they closed the schools before I had a chance to find out."

"Well, if you don't stop breaking those windows I'm going to have to call the police."

"Won't do no good. Those windows is the police station. They closed it eight months ago."