I don't need an advanced degree, or anything more than simple math, to tell me that more people taking more pieces of the pie leaves less pie for me. Mmm pie. The significant problem, the core of it, is control. People want to control their own destinies, but other people want to control other people's destinies. What? Individuals have the will and the ability to do what they want, when they want it, and would love nothing more than to do it without other individuals having a say in how they do it. Think about it for just a second. As a kid, there's nothing more irritating than having your parents order you to go with them to look at houses when really you wanted to spend the weekend riding your bike all over the damned neighborhood. Yes, we all know it's better to go look at houses, because your parents love and care for you, and want you to tell them what you think of that nice white house two towns over because even though it's a benevolent dictatorship, you'll have to live under that roof too and if you can see something that they might miss, they want to know about it. Plus, it's better for them to find the crap you'll complain about now (like the place with the one shower for eight or nine people or the place with the basement that reminds you of that ghost story you read last week, the one that made you almost crap yourself, or the place with the one room that looked like it belonged to that liver-eating guy from the X-Files first season) rather than dive into the purchase and have to deal with a bad attitude and misbehavior later on. Yes it's better for you, but being a kid, you just want to use your free time towards your own ends, like riding through that cemetary and pissing off the caretaker with the black van just because you could, or just relaxing with some mind-blowing 8-bit/16-bit video games.
The point is, even though you'd be doing what's best for you by going with your folks, you want to go do what you think is the best use of your time. Now substitute "government" for "your folks," "your money" for "your time," and toss in edicts that have the force of law, and you've got a better idea of what's going on.
A note about Nadya Suleman.
Because you know I had to say something about this.
I don't usually condone the use of IVF because very frequently the eggs and sperm are pared down to one egg and one sperm, and the remainders are, for those who can't afford storage, destroyed. Doesn't sound too bad except that those are potential human beings - destroyed = killed.
That being said, for the few who are ready to accept however many children come into the world as a result of either IVF or natural conception, I gladly and happily endorse, encourage and embrace their actions. To accept such a bountiful and wonderful gift from God despite the hardships one may face takes a courage and a resolve few have ever matched. Nadya absolutely deserves praise and encouragement for these actions.
Would I have gone the same route as her, and taken all of this on outside the bonds of marriage, and fitfully declared to the world that I would, that I could, do this alone? Absolutely not. There is not a chance in hell that I would've even dared to try something like this on my own. That's one of the reasons for marriage - to provide support in every form, to mitigate the impact of the crap God chooses to throw at us and to help us come out of it better. Doing something like IVF while wildly proclaiming self-reliance and independence reeks of either stupidity or severe mental issues.
All of that taken into consideration, the media has taken this whole situation WAAAAAAY too far. When you have Entertainment Tonight going on about the 911 calls she's made (none of which have resulted in child services or any other authority showing up at her door), you know things are out of control. People need to leave this woman alone and let her find her own way out of this situation - rather than coming up with more ways to smear her for having multiple kids. Really, all she needed was a tsk tsk from her parents - not months of hounding by every media outlet and left-wing anti-life butch-to-the-extreme feminist nutjobs haranguing her for all of her faults.
I gave up Facebook for Lent, as I'm sure you saw from the title.
I left the notifications RSS feed in my Google Reader, so every time you tag me I see it - I just don't respond. Why did I do this? Isn't that cheating?
Nah. It's really really easy to ignore Facebook when I don't have it open all the time and when I've disconnected it from all of my other online presences. It's harder to stay off of it when the notifications are there, taunting me and telling me that someone superpoked me (and only me). I'm doing this for the challenge, not so I can avoid being stalked or something.
I've created a second blog, one solely focused on the Newark Light Rail expansion you're all sick of hearing about.
That site will cover all updates and such, along with the Facebook group (which I don't have the link for and won't put up here because it'd require me to log into Facebook), and it also has a link to the Google Docs version of the proposal.
That's all for now. =)