- How much work there is in not only reading about all the propositions and candidates and such, but then communicating it coherently to others, and
- How 2 weeks before the election, I inevitably get thoroughly sickened by all the negative ads, backbiting, muckraking, mud throwing, hair pulling, insults, raving, face scratching egoist celebration that is our election process. I really just want to put my head in a hole until November 8th.
In addition, though I had all last week off due to an aborted vacation, I didn't feel like blogging. However, my husband and I sat down, consulted each other, the intertubes, and our voting pamphlets, filled out and mailed off our ballots. So we've voted. For better or for worse.
Some of the propositions on this ballot are really a mess, and I'm still not entirely sure I made the right decision. Proposition 203 (pdf), for example, which adds an 8o cent tax on cigarettes to fund early childhood education. While I'm all for funding early childhood education, I'm not sure an additional tax on smokes is the best way to go about it. Wouldn't it be better to have a tax that affects more people? Why must smokers pay for all our children's early education? Plus, if Prop 201 passes, mightn't more people quit smoking, thus depleting our potential tax base? It's really too confusing for my poor brain to grasp. I voted yes, but I'm still not sure it was the best thing to do.
In any case, this is the end of my election coverage. If I do this again, I'll try to start and end earlier, before I can't stand to think of it any more.