Today I took my first day of furlough. It was pleasant - I visited with my brother, ran some errands, and am now sipping a Rum & Pepsi to blog. And it's not even 5:00 yet!
I've spent a greater part of this last week wondering why Arizona's legislature doesn't value education, and why this seems to be a Republican thing. I know that there are Republicans that think educating our children is important, but the Party Majority seems to think it shouldn't be a priority. I really can't understand this, and believe me, I've tried. Any of my Republican friends feel like trying to educate me? Or would I need to pay for a private consultation? (Joke, joke...well, sort of).
I realize that the budget cuts need to come from someplace, but I just believe it should be spread around a little differently. Don't cripple education, don't close the libraries, don't discontinue environmental programs. It seems to me that, despite a huge deficit, we should be protecting our future, not destroying it.
I should probably cut down on my news intake - it's hard not to be drawn in to the overall recession drama. Chris and I are doing just fine, and will continue to be fine - we've always lived well within our means. If I read the Arizona Republic's tips for saving money, it wouldn't be much help anyway - I already don't pay for anything on that list. Okay, I do go out to eat on occasion - but seriously? The people who are hurting the most didn't have $100/week to spend on a cleaning service in the first place.
Luckily, I borrowed some good science fiction (Hyperion by Dan Simmons) from my brother to replace my news reading. I think some definite escapism is in order, and I foresee a book binge in 2009.