Policy-Making and Chopped Logic

(To preface, Seattle recently slid a little further into the depression due to a vote on transit.)

I was reading a friend’s post about road funding and the comments that followed about voting and funding public works in general. Some of the comments made me want to kill people as much as I did the last time I had to muddle through health insurance.

Some jackass actually said, “Tell me why I should be paying for something that I don’t use.” and then to bolster his point, added, “I don’t have children. Explain to me why I should pay any money towards education.” This master of rhetoric cited that he was “just sticking with the “me first”” line of reasoning to inform his opinion. And then as a final flourish, clarified for anyone who might have been interested, “So essentially if something doesn’t affect me immediately, I have no obligation of any sort to support it.”

Those opinions, right there, and the fact that those people are allowed to vote on public policy make a REALLY GOOD ARGUMENT ON THE NEED FOR BETTER EDUCATION. This society is totally going to hell, we’ve been overdue for a major revolution for a long damn time, but as long as we’re stuck here, trying to work within the broken system, at the very least we have to educate future policy makers.

(**Admittedly, I jumped around a bit there and am probably guilty of some logical fallacies along with the dry sarcasm, but honestly people: actively support education. It’s not enough to stand back and hope the good parts of the status quo will be maintained, let alone get better.)

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