Monday, July 23, 2007

The difference between an optimist and a pessimist

Me to Geekman: Woohoo! You got residency!

Geekman: Still can't vote. Hate them.

7 Comments:

post-doc said...

I really like Geekman very much. That was delightful.

Marie said...

Congrats on the residency. I know I breathed a huge sigh of relief once my husband got his greencard. (You get a temporary one for two years and then have to apply all over again for the real thing...)

JustMe said...

hehe. you guys are the perfect balance.

Badaunt said...

But I agree with him. If you pay taxes, and live there, why CAN'T you vote? Shouldn't you get a say in how your tax money is spent?

(I'm in the same boat, here, and DEEPLY resent paying taxes.) (This may not have so much to do with the voting thing as with the corruption thing, though . . . or perhaps just the general tax thing.)

Miss M. said...

I just find it ironic that in Australia, they class voting as both a right and a responsibility - it says so in their citizenship brochures. Something seriously messed up there if that right is then limited to people who have a bit of paper saying that they answered a bunch of questions that no one who was born here knows anyway, and then went to a ceremony. Hails back to white australia, methinks.

Miss M. said...

(and congrats on the residency)

StyleyGeek said...

Yeah, it irritates me that we pay taxes, but can't vote. On the other hand, in NZ we don't pay taxes any more, but can vote. So maybe it cancels out. But still, I'd like to have a say in the running of the country that I am living in.