• Captain Pain

Who Not to Vote For

It's that time again! Yes, out here in the United States the presidential election is just days away. There are also many local elections happening around the country that day as well. Now I'm not here to tell you who to vote for, because honestly, I really don't give a fuck! I hate all politicians, so you don't have to worry about this being left-leaning or right-leaning. What I am going to tell you is who not to vote for. If you heard a candidate ever say something along the lines of "I don't understand why ball players make millions of dollars, but teachers live paycheck to paycheck, and have to buy their own supplies", don't vote for that person, because they are an idiot. Before you guys start closing this page, I am not bashing teachers. I'm bashing that phrase, because it is a true apple and orange comparison, due to the fact that pro athletes and teachers sources of income come from two very different sources. So people that say this either don't know that, they are dumb, or they are pandering to a group of people. Luckily, Captain Pain is here to explain how these two groups get paid, and why this phrase is dumb. Over the years we have all seen on TV or on social media about an athlete signing a huge multi million dollar contract. The question is, was it always like this, the answer is no. When pro sport leagues started off, players would play games, and then on their days off/off season they would work regular jobs since they weren't getting paid like players are getting paid today. Could you imagine walking into a Best Buy and Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was the one that assisted you with buying your new TV? Well, that was a thing back in the day, since the only athletes that were making enough money that they didn't have to work regular jobs were boxers, and crazy enough, pro wrestlers. So what happened that made the huge change in money, and pro athletes just having to focus on just being pro athletes? I'm to try to keep it short, so basically, all the sports got really popular, and everyone wanted a piece. First major thing was Television. At first leagues had some really crappy deals. For example, NBA games were usually on tape delay, and were shown in the team's local market, after the nightly news. Think about this for a second, there was a time when the Lakers played the Celtics in the Finals, that's right Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird, and people didn't watch those games until their local news ended, and that could have been 10:30 or 11:30 at night. So if you ever wonder why your dad or your uncle had those games, or other games on VHS, this is why. As the league got better ratings, TV networks started airing games at better times, and even started showing them live. That brought in advertisers, that were willing to pay a good amount of cash to advertise during the games. Shoe companies like Nike and Reebok made deals with leagues and teams to make and supply jerseys, shoes, and other accessories. With all this new money coming in, that was mostly going to the team owners in the leagues, the players wanted their share. At first, the owners fought to keep this money, after some strikes, and CBA (collective bargaining agreements), players started getting paid these huge contracts. One of the main places this money comes from are the fans of the sports. Most fans have this thing called disposable income. For those that don't know what that is, when someone pays all their monthly bills, taken care of everything in their house, and puts money in savings, if they do that, whatever they have left over, they spend however they want. For most of us, that might be treating yourself to something off the dollar menu at McDonald's, for others, they can do a lot more. Like they can buy season tickets to games, buy their favorite teams apparel, upgrade their cable package to get sports channels, or league passages, and even buy a ton of sponsors items like alcohol or sports drinks. Funny thing is, in some way shape or form, we all are putting money in athletes' pockets in one way or another. Think about it, do you have cable? Even a basic package where you just get your local channels, some of that money that you pay your cable company, goes to sport leagues, for airing their games. Do you buy beer? Well some of them from Anheuser-Busch, pay the NFL, NHL, and MLB to be their official beer sponsor, while the NBA has a deal with Michelob Ultra. Do you drink Gatorade? Well they are the official sports drink of pretty much every sports league. This is just a piece of where their the money comes from, since I'm not even going into individual sponsors that athletes have, and other sponsors that leagues have such as jewelry companies. So if you don't like the fact that pro athletes are making millions of dollars a year, you should probably look into who gives money to these leagues, so you can avoid giving your money to these athletes. Now that we understand where the money comes from that athletes get, where does the money come from that teachers get? Well, it depends. If they work in private schools, which gets little to no backing from the government, they get paid from the money the school receives from the tuition the school charges students to attend. The schools also gets money from boosters, donations, and even fundraisers. These are mostly done to keep the doors open, add something the school needed, like a library or a computer lab, and also to pay their staff, including the teachers. Not many teachers work in private schools, most work in public schools, so the money that is used to pay them comes in very different. So where does the money come from that pays public school teachers? Simple, it comes from us, but not in the same way as athletes. That money comes from taxes, mostly from property taxes. So any city and/or state taxes that comes out of your paycheck, hell even some federal taxes, in some areas that get federal funding helps pays teachers. If you pay property taxes, that goes to help pay teachers. Basically, any taxes that you pay like sales tax and gas tax, some of that goes towards teachers salaries. So why are most teachers salaries so low, well mostly because no one wants to pay higher taxes. So is there any way to get public school teachers to make more money? I thought of three different solutions, and most likely no one is going to like them. The least liked one is asking parents to pay a weekly or monthly fee per child in school. That's definitely not going to happen, because no one is going to tell a poor struggling family that they can't send their child to school, because they can't afford to pay for their education. See, I told you you weren't going to like it. The next one is finding sponsorship. It would be pretty cool if companies like Scholastic or Houghton Mifflin Harcourt could sponsor school districts, since Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is the leader of making school text books, and Scholastic probably the biggest company that publishes and distributes education materials. Unfortunately, sponsors are a bad idea. Its just a matter of time before the sponsors, not just these two, but anyone in general, starts telling districts what they can and can't teach, if they want their money. So, it seems like the only option would be to either raise and/or create new taxes. Again, most people are going to be up in arms about paying even another penny in taxes. What do you guys think we should do to fix this issue? See, I told you that I wasn't bashing teachers! I'm Captain Pain, and go fuck yourselves!

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