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February 11, 2003
All about me

I'd suggest you pass on this entry and go read something more interesting or something that's more the kind of thing you should be worrying about right now.

Along with the value, of blogging, I've been contemplating my political opinions recently.

It's just, you see, that I'm not so much for one party's platform as I am against Bush and all of his political and religious personas and agendas.

And it's necessary to be for something. It's easy to sit around and complain that someone else ain't doing it right and heaven knows the current Administration just begs for any intelligent person to do so, but it's not so simple, especially for the average know-nothing like myself, to be for things.

It's easy to point a finger and say this Administration is using "No Child Left Behind!" as a rallying cry while, behind their backs they're indifferent to those issues that are of most importance to children, but not as easy to explain how all children could rationally be given an equal and fair chance at success. No, this Administration shouldn't be making hypocritical speeches, but I don't know how I'd solve the problem, either.

It's easy to scream down the house when people's civil liberties are infringed because the Bill of Rights was overridden by panicked legislation from a shaken Congress, but not so easy to explain how I'd handle improving security in a nation like this.

It's easy to be angered over the Bushleaguer's indifferent slashing of the budgets for necessary federal programs because I think of the cost to the millions of individuals dependent on those programs, but the truth is that I'm not necessarily for a huge, federal government.

If there's such a thing as, "economies of scale" then surely there's such a thing as "dis-economies of scale" and I defy anyone to ignore the fact that millions upon millions of dollars that might be used to aid the needy are eaten up by the costs of running a huge bureaucracy. I do think that that same amount of tax revenue, if collected on and used at the city and state levels, would translate into more assistance.

Of course, some states and some cities have less revenue to begin with, meaning they'd be left with less revenue to work with if not for the feds parceling out the money from a central source and that's how we got nationally subsidized assistance programs in the first place.

This just isn't a simple issue.

Also.

It's easy to shout in outrage against opening up our untouched wilderness areas for oil exploration while also objecting to this Administration's grab for the oil of Iraq, as I'm sitting here at an electronic computer, eating my microwaved meal in a centrally heated building, secure in the knowledge that the current to the lights will continue to flow and that my gasoline-powered car will take me comfortably home again.

I'm not unaware of the irony.

Nor do I think that using paper towels made from largely recycled materials absolves me of crass consumerism.

I'm going to go start being for things. More thought is needed....

Posted by AnneZook at 09:16 AM


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