Now I’ve been resisting writing today’s blog because it’s really of no interest to anyone but me. But, that said, which I just did, sometimes ya have to vent about stupidity at it’s best. And, to me, THIS was stupidity at it’s best.
I’m referring to our political system which allows a few elected officials to dominate town hall meetings in which we, as peons, only have a few minutes to voice our opinions. Which was the case in a recent town hall meeting that I, and my other half attended last week.
I figured I’d clue you all in on how democracy actually works. Providing of course that you may, at some point, wish to go to a town hall meeting and make a complete idiot out of yourself by having something to say, saying it partially, being cut off, and then, because you were cut off, making absolutely no sense at all.
I might have just as well have stood up at my town hall meeting and said, “Hey…I object to letting aliens from another planet take up parking spaces at the town library rather than actually saying something like, “Hey, I wanna talk about this pre school budget.”
Me thinkith mentioning aliens would have got me more time to speak. Everybody, including politicians wants to hear what anyone has to say about aliens.
But, alas, such was not the case.
First some guy, a finance guru, got up and made his presentation about what my town’s budget consisted of for the coming year. Really great stuff. Kinda like watching paint dry. A really great slide presentation, but, it didn’t hold my attention as I like interesting photos of things to hold my attention. It’s like watching “Dancing With The Stars” on TV and only hearing the audio portion.
But, I hung in there. Toothpicks holding up my eyelids also helped. After all, I did wanna make a statement so I had to stay awake somehow. Oh, yeah, my other half jabbing me with a hair pin also helped.
Sooooo, what were myself and Mrs. Misfit all up in arms and legs about? Well, the proposed budget of course. Part of which included an increase in our town’s mil rate which would raise our taxes once again, which is NOT good if you are on a fixed income such as we are.
BUT…..being the civic-minded logical person that I am, I DO realize a town has to tax us peons in order to survive and provide us with needed town services such as police and fire protection, and all the other necessary services. Including the salaries of the town officials so that they can increase their salaries as well for sending us out notices to remind us that they require salary increases too.
As that old philosopher Mitt Romney once said, “Tax officials are people too.”
Our complaint was with an increase in pre-school funding. Briefly, the plan was to add a “full day” to a proposed universal preschool program at a budget increase of $185.000. Which means my taxes, (we are on a fixed income) would raise by an additional $52 to $104 depending on the value of our property.
Soooooo, Mrs. Misfit and I wanted to add our two cents, (or proposed $52 dollar tax increase) to that proposal, but, were not allowed to finish our comments. So, pissed off as “I” was, I stomped out. Democracy at its best….don’t ya think.
Now, this week in “TIME” Magazine, (4/21/14) in an article by Alex Altman entitled, “Skipping Out: Common Core Tests Spark A Parent Revolt,” there are some interesting comments by parents of preschool children about how the “Common Core” program effected their children as well as what other states have figured out with regard to preschool children trying to figure out how much sand is in a sandbox using algebra.
My guess was 3,496,743,000 grains of sand. But I think some preschooler beat me out with the exact amount. Damn!
Presently our town has parents pay for partial preschooling. And, considering there are only 33 to 35 preschoolers in our town, I personally felt that if they wanted their children to be Einsteins, hey, let them continue to pay for the preschooling they are presently getting rather than asking the rest of us town fools to foot the bill. And, have our taxes increase.
But…..as we all know, that would be too logical.
As Gary Oldman said in his classic line from the movie “Leon The Professional,” when asked who he wanted to call in. His response, “EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Which is what the town is proposing when it comes to who should pay for little “itty bitty sand box I just wanna have fun being a kid” in school children.
As far as I’m concerned, preschooling is fine if that’s your bag. You want your kid to learn math, English, calculus, algebra, how to read “War and Peace” and possibly write his own novel at age 6, fine. But to me I’d want my kid to enjoy being a kid, have fun, and learn how to mingle with other kids while having fun….NOT pushing him or her to instant adulthood.
If that’s YOUR thing, to push your kid into instant adulthood, then YOU fund it….not the rest of us.
Which, getting back to our attendance at that town meeting, is most likely what they didn’t want to hear. Which is why I stormed out.
Which is also why I suspect all the members of the town council might have had parents who DID send them to preschool to learn how to become members of the town council when they grew up.
Thereby never learning how to relate to us who did not have preschool educations, but, we learned how to interact with our other sand box pals which taught us the basics of human nature.
How to communicate with one another.
At a town meeting or in the sand box.
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