||[Jan. 29th, 2003|05:13 pm]
there are a couple of things bothering me today.
first, taxes. obviously, i realize that my taxes go to pay for many worthwhile things. but this year, my taxes are going to help fund a war that i don't support. henry david thoreau went to prison for refusing to pay taxes on things he didn't support. if i didn't have a child, i'd consider just not paying my taxes. there's a risk of prison for that. a lot of people get away with it; maybe i could handle going to prison to make a stand. (or maybe i say these things because i'm going to pay my taxes anyway and nothing will happen to me for that.)
what's more on my mind today is the state budget crisis here in new york. let me say straightaway that i don't have a solution. i don't know enough about it. but what i do know is that pataki is making huge cuts to education (both public elementary/secondary schools and state colleges) and health care (including medicaid, which is my son's health insurance provider, which is hugely important as we've been to the doctor/emergency room no less than a dozen times over the last year, plus had to get prescriptions, all of which were free for us, courtesy of the state). there are also plans for 5,000 state jobs to be cut. the only thing that's being increased is 'public security.' this is all to avoid 'job-killing taxes.' personally, i would rather taxes be raised to fund important things like education and health care, rather than 'public security.' i would rather have a tax hike than cut funding for those things. i know most people don't feel that way, because most people don't look at the big picture and the long term effects. i don't know enough about balancing a state budget to offer a real solution. but christ, it makes me angry that these things are being cut. new york already has pretty shitty school systems, and health care, well, that affects me personally (especially once i'm out of college).
as for the state of the union, i'm still thinking. i didn't watch it; i decided going out for dessert was a far better way to spend the evening. i want to be optimistic, but i'm not sure i can believe a single word that comes out of bush's mouth. optimism and cynicism are battling to control my outlook.