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Nap Time!!!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Boring battles.
Finally, TGIF is the perfect opportunity for us UC Berkeley students to put our money where our collective mouth is with regard to the environment. The administration has taken some admirable first steps toward sustainability, but students can match them and go one better. By voting to put up $200,000 a year of our own money, we can accelerate sustainability at UC Berkeley and keep the pressure on California Hall to follow through on its commitment to the environment.
No, no, no. If you wanted to put your money where your mouth was, you could've done it already. And you can do it in the future. Nothing stops you. What this does is put other people's money where your mouth is.
One last point: For the massive size of its impact, the fund is hella cheap. Can you give $5—the cost of a burrito—to triple the school's sustainability funding and leave a green legacy at UC Berkeley? I know I can, which is why I'm voting for TGIF on April 11th.
See, this would make sense as an explanation if voting for it and paying the money were the same thing. The whole "if you don't like it, don't vote for it, what's your problem with us?" approach is a rather silly one if you applied it to, say, gay marriage.
Sure, we're passing a ban on gay marriage. Why are you complaining? If you want to marry someone of your own sex, vote no. No one's stopping you from doing anything. I don't want to get married to someone of the same sex, so I'm voting yes. What, there are other people in the world? Since when?
But whatever. When it comes to spending other people's money, why bother with such details?

posted by Beetle Aurora Drake 4/03/2007 12:03:00 AM #
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