Wednesday, August 22, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 1


No 'funny money' from U.S. Treasury for dependents

Mary Carradine

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 for me.

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 tax rebate."

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 big chance.

Carradine, a senior computer 
engineering technology major, can be reached at

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