Private schools, however, can be selective about their admissions in a way that public schools cannot, taking students that are better prepared to begin with, or have a better support system outside of school to augment their in-school learning. It's far from clear that they achieve better results with lower costs once you control for that factor.
The parent poster's point, I believe, was that public schools, and public roads, are a socialized function in order to achieve universality. There are economic and social benefits to an educated population, and to improved flow of labor and commerce, which accrue to everyone to some degree.
Whether that same universality is a desirable thing for health care is currently a matter of debate. Personally, I think it is, but I don't have it in me to argue the point at this time of night.
- Charged and fined in illegal fund solicitations for 9/11 victims (charities he listed said they never got any money).
- Lost a trademark case where he claimed software maker Centra 2000(TM) infringed his "Sentra" trademark. Stoller filed corporate bankruptcy in an attempt to avoid paying after losing.
- Got a smackdown from Columbia Pictures after threatening to sue them over the title of their film Stealth.
- Sued Hall-of-Famer George Brett for selling a Stealth(TM) brand baseball bat. The judge found for Brett's company and cancelled Stoller's trademark registration in that category.
- In 2006, the US Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sanctioned Stoller for filing 1,100 extension requests in 5 months for trademarks he was opposing. He can't file any more for two years.
- The real legal beatdown came at the hands of Pure Fishing, Inc., maker of Spiderwire® Stealth(TM) and other Stealth(TM) brand fishing gear. Stoller went after them and they fought back. Hard.
- Before a final judgment could be entered, Stoller again declared bankruptcy under Chapter 13, which had an automatic stay on all litigation. Pure Fishing filed a claim in the case and requested the corporate bankruptcy be converted from reorganization to Chapter 7 (liquidation of all Stoller's assets, corporate and personal).
- The bankruptcy judge found that Stoller's Chapter 13 filing contained bogus information and unreported assets, so he not only approved the liquidation, but found that Stoller's personal assets and corporate assets were one and the same.
- The trustee appointed to liquidate Stoller's assets was granted additional authority to act as sole shareholder of Stoller's many corporate entities, and he promptly began settling all outstanding trademark litigation, including Stoller's claim that he owned the trademark "Google" for a brand of exercise balls.
- The court cancelled 44 of Stoller's existing and pending "Stealth" trademarks on October 4.
- On December 12, the court awarded Pure Fishing over $969,000, affirming the statement that Stoller and companies were vexatious litigants.
Stay tuned for more Leo Stoller(TM) Adventures® in © 2007!"