Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My political schizophrenia

In general, I'm a left-of-center kind of gal.

But then I say I'm a moderate in a roomful of crazies, and I'm forced to turn a hard left.  I don't know, to me, being a moderate means you like the environment, hungry kids and civil liberties.  Maybe it means corporate tax breaks to other people.  Shrug.  

I'm probably a fiscal conservative, but in a country where Republicans spend billions on a war in Iraq and Democrats spend billions on a stimulus package, that is an irrelevant trait.

What I do know is that when I open my paycheck on a bi-weekly basis and check out how much of my money I'm not taking home, I become a little bit more Republican.  (Which, as I previously mentioned, doesn't make a whole lot of sense.  Republicans are spending tax dollars just as gleefully as Democrats, but hypocritically pretending otherwise.)

And here's where it gets really nuts.  I don't care much about gay marriage.  I think we should have laws that don't violate the Equal Protection Clause, but it wouldn't bother me in the slightest if the government got out of the marriage business altogether.

Gay, straight, I don't care.  If you're in a couple, you don't have to die alone.  You don't deserve tax breaks too.

So says the bitter girl in Austin who wishes she had a few (hell, even one) deductions for her W-4.


  1. OH MY GOSH. I COULD HAVE WRITTEN THIS POST. I got a sign-on bonus. And seriously, like millions of dollars were deducted from taxes. I was so pissed off.
    I've been planning a post exactly like this haha.

  2. My dad always told me this would happen. That my optimistic, altruistic Democratic tendencies would temper once I actually earned enough to start paying taxes. I'm still not Republican, and I'm all about libraries, roads, schools, etc., but it's hard to see how much of a paycheck does not actually make it into one's account ... especially when the Social Security part just feels like throwing money to the wind.

  3. See, my dad used to say the same thing ... and then he got more liberal in his old age, hahaha.

    I actually kind of hate that whole Winston Churchill quote on liberals/conservatives/youth/age (hyuck hyuck hyuck) because it's incredibly condescending. (PS - Quoting Ronald Reagan or Winston Churchill does not make it true, unless it's about something about never giving up or tearing down walls.) Also? People who are wise in their old age were usually pretty smart in their young age, but stupid is forever.

    My problem is really that I'm still liberal at heart, and wouldn't mind paying such high taxes IF the benefits were commensurate. But no. There are 40 students to one teacher here in Mystery State, benefits for hungry families are slashed, prisons are overcrowded, cops are under-trained, etc. etc. etc. and the state is STILL basically on the verge of bankruptcy. If this were a place like Sweden or Denmark, where parents get 18 months of paid maternity or paternity leave, free education, free health care, solid environmental policy, I wouldn't mind paying even more in taxes. Socialism gets a bad wrap because communist dicatorships failed. Socialist democracies are usually pretty awesome places to live.

    Also (tangent) I don't think I'll ever be able to get behind a party that can embrace Sarah Palin so enthusiastically. Another post for another day.

  4. I'm totally with you on this one.

    Libertarian is what my husband identifies with. I'm registered Republican, but I voted for Obama, and think they're ALL corrupt. Sick of the lot of them, I am.

  5. Well written post. I totally agree with you.