Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Civic Duty

With the election coming up, does anyone else feel torn about the things they think they should be voting for? Take Proposition 1D, out here in California, a $43 billion bond measure to improve public school facilities. I'm all for fixing up the schools. But I'm not for funding everything with bonds just because Californians can't stomach raising taxes. What sense does it make to borrow everything and pay it back many times over for the next several decades?

I don't want to shock my East Coast friends, but the governor's race is even tougher. Phil Angelides seems like a nice guy and all, and he says he'll raise taxes on the wealthy and support labor, but he's not looking that impressive in comparison to anti-global warming crusader Schwarzenegger. The man had the Democratic assembly speaker crying tears of joy when he signed the historic legislation last month. Sure, during the debate he taunted Angelides by saying he gets a gleam in his eye when he talks about raising taxes, but would limp old Phil have been able to stand up to business interests that threaten to mire the state in lawsuits for the next 20 years? I just don't know, friends, I just don't know.

Voting is about as fun as eating overcooked brussel sprouts.

P.S. Angelides also isn't looking very impressive because, well, the polls suggest he is sure to lose. Maybe I've developed an alpha-male complex?

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