No 'funny money' from
U.S. Treasury for dependents
It was supposed to be this beautiful act
— an enormous opportunity for me to actually live my political beliefs,
not just write about them, talk about them or defend them in casual classroom
conversations. The minute I heard that the tax cut plan had passed, I knew
exactly what I was going to do with my rebate.
I didn't want that money. Sure, there are
things that I would like to buy — a plane ticket to some random U.S. city,
a new bass guitar, CDs, etc. But I certainly didn't want this
money, this bribe, to supply these things
I wanted to give my rebate to some kind
of charity — a rape crisis center or a religious organization that cares
for the homeless. This would be the best way to live my beliefs. An
action like that would far outlast my
writings and my rants to the uncaring and disagreeing audiences. I guess
burning the money would be far more dramatic and metaphorical
— but honestly, that's just stupid.
My check was supposed to be among the first
issued, according to the system the government is using. I checked my mail
and received a letter from the U.S. treasury.
Curses. I will not be receiving a check.
My father claimed me when he did his taxes.
If your parents or caretakers claim you, you will not receive a check.
Although I am disappointed, I wasn't upset. My parents are
supposed to claim me because I am still
a dependent. And I am determined to scrounge up some cash to make a donation
to a non-profit organization anyway.
Millions of Texans voted in the presidential
election this November. About 59 percent of those voters said, "Yes. We
choose you, George W. Bush. We choose your missile
defense, your plans to drill in a wildlife
refuge, your flimsy social security plan and, most of all, your massive
The other 41 percent of us voted for a
candidate who supported either a smaller tax rebate or no rebate at all.
Before you continue reading, we need to
get something straight. I know that a lot of us don't have $300 to give
to a charity. Many of us are up to our necks in student loans and
credit card debt, thanks to those credit
card vultures who hang out at the University Center, offering us oversized
T-shirts and pencils in exchange for our souls. So if you owe
somebody money or you support President
Bush, feel free to turn to the sports section right about ... now.
For the 12 people still reading, here is
your mission: Don't take that money. Don't blow it at the bar or at The
Gap. We don't need more possessions. We don't need greedy
corporate America nesting in our hearts.
A new shirt would be nice. A few tanks of gasoline would be good. Four
Rolling Rocks and dinner at Star Pizza would be fabulous.
But going to sleep tonight knowing you
can't be bought is of immeasurable value.
Live your political beliefs. This is your
Carradine, a senior computer
engineering technology major, can be reached