I'm going to vote Yes on Prop. 123.
I am going against all my principles. I don't give in to bullies. I do not accept the basic premise of the Proposition. They are not making any more land; once it's gone, it's gone. The voters spoke and the Governor and his lackey Legislature refused to act on the electorate's mandate and instead gave us this awful Sophie's Choice. This is not a long term solution; there is no promise for the future.
But, then there are these real life people.
The teacher who will get a bonus this summer.... and summer starts on Friday in our District.
The principal who watches her teachers dig into their own pockets, pay more for their health insurance, look worn down by the lack of respect shown their profession by those who think that privatizing education is the perfect solution.
The translator who knows that his relationship with the Somali and Sudanese 5 and 6 and 7 year old students can continue in the fall.
And so, I am opting for the immediate fix, the short term solution, the money that's here now vs the money which should be given if there were justice in the world and officials of integrity in Phoenix.
The last time I cried on Election Day, Little Cuter filled in the blank for Ralph Nader. I couldn't ask anyone to do this for me, though. It's an awful, ugly, unfortunate choice. I'm more than a little teary.