06 November 2018

Friend or foe ... Vote!

Selma march, 1965 (unknown)
I love Fall.  My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving: family; falling leaves of colour (I like the colorful spelling of color better -- it's the Anglophile in me); expressing thanks to the divine and our fellow man for the things we're blessed to have and thankful for those we can hold.  I love Fall (capital 'F' fall). I love Fall so much, I'll even call it Autumn.

One of the other things I love about Fall is the franchise, our sacred November right to vote on the things of import in our lives which happens on "the Tuesday following the first Monday in November."

Some tips from a sclerotic conservative of faith:

1. If a measure/proposition involves a tax increase, vote agin it, my friend.  I mean the government already wastes so much of our money and have the poorest of poor stewardship history with our money, they have forfeited the right to ask for anymore of our funds.  So, no, you get no more tax funds.

2. If it involves a bond, same as above ... that's a nope vote, and I'm votin' agin it once more. Our brood, our amazing children, are already saddled with a Sisyphean task of paying off the debt handed down by Boomers, Gen-Xers (my guys and gals) and others, that they WILL NEVER be able to pay off this giant rock heading up hill. It is immoral to give successor taxpayers a pecuniary financial bill of attainder (say that 3x fast).  So, no, bond measures are 95% a bad decision waiting to be voted upon (sorry 5%, but your sacrifice is to the good).

3. If it involves a tax CUT ... Yessir, I'll take two please and I'm fer it. And, when that frozen day in hell occurs, please call me from my lovely dirt nap grave where I'll be spinning, son.  Spinning I tells ya.

4. If an election involves a person who wants MORE government in our lives, I'd suggest voting for his or her opponent. Less government is better in our lives.

I could go on, but I'm afearin' I've become partisan in my PSA "get out and vote" message, so I'll leave it there!

Seriously, I'm sure none of us cares what each of us are registered politically (Dem or GOP or Ind.) -- though I admit a passing bias toward what you are in your worldview, i.e., conservative or progressive (do liberals even exist any more?) -- but, as I'm sure we all agree, we all need to exercise the franchise every two years and get out and vote.  That is, as long as you are a legal resident of these United States, with attendant citizenship rights to vote.  Just sayin'.

So, exercise the franchise, Dear Reader!

1 comment:

Shelley said...

Jg - I'm not a resident of the US, but I voted in the last election. I pay US tax on my worldwide income and as a citizen of the US am entitle to vote in spite of being an ex-pat. British citizens living abroad do not have a vote in British elections (hence the Brexit vote) but neither do they pay UK income tax. Other than the US only one other country in the world taxes non-resident citizens: Eritrea. My reading on that leads me to gather no one takes their tax law very seriously. On the other hand, I take US tax law very seriously. I can't agree with your politics, but I certainly agree that every citizen should vote. In fact, Australia legally requires its citizens to vote, a law I think is most sensible.