"1. If I send the kid to private school, I still must pay school taxes -- so I get dinged twice, once for the tax bill and again for the private school tuition"
And if you have no kids, you still pay property taxes for other kids to go to school. What's your point? I smell a lot of entitlement in your post. Even if the tide does turn eventually for home-schooled kids, unless those kids are locked up in a subterranean dungeon somewhere, they will and do interact with society. I don't want to have to take an infant to the ER again to be exposed to the kid whose parent didn't vaccinate them for measles (yes, I *have* had that wonderful experience). Measles is highly contagious and an infant isn't fully immunized against measles yet.
"they have an obligation to their shareholders to make as much ROI as possible."
I get sick to my stomach every time I read this bullcrap. ROI is not simply just cash. ROI can be a lot of things, including the improving of the quality of life for the workers, or the areas in which the company operates. Since nobody has the balls to fight the "it's only the green" mentality, we all get fucked in the end.
The Retail Equation is what a number of big retailers in the USA use (i.e. Victoria's Secret). Even if you show up with the original receipt in hand and are just asking to do a like-item exchange for a different size, they demand to scan your gov't issued photo id. They will refuse your exchange unless you capitulate or try to dispute the purchase with your credit card company.
If there was ever a legitimate use for a fake id, this is it.