Things I advocate:
Pets becoming tax deductions, because for some, they are our children. It’s adopting, and might as well be considered a donation. Why should we encourage the over population of the Earth by tax deducting every little brat that comes into the world unplanned? Okay that part is a little harsh. What I am really getting at is this: people who buy houses, get married, and have kids, get to deduct all that stuff on their taxes. But those of us who cannot afford mortgages, nor do we want to be stuck in a a fixed rate mortgage for 30 years, and also don’t feel like contributing to the financial crisis by defaulting on more debt, don’t get any tax benefits. I also don’t particularly see marriage in my future any time soon, if at all, so why do I get the shaft on taxes? And let’s face it, the world has enough unwanted children. I don’t particularly want any, not in the next 10 years, maybe not ever. So I think I should be able to substitute my dog as a tax deduction. I mean, she needs food, shelter, health care, and education too. (Obedience training ain’t cheap!)
Investing money in prevention of diseases like Diabetes and Heart Disease instead of just spending it all on the treatment. Read more about it here:
Graffiti and sticker art. I recently went to a show devoted to adhesive arts. Basically the act of stickering any urban landscape with an adhesive tag or message. The work of Obey is something I have only recently discovered (I honestly thought it was just clothing, I’m out of the loop..) I’ll address more of what I’ve learned on the art at a later time.
What I do not advocate:
Plastic bags. Can we just stop using them already? I admit I still bring them home from work all the time because when I pick things up on the way out, I don’t think about grabbing the reusable bags from the car. However, every bag I get is reused for something else later: trash liners, dog poop clean up, etc. It makes me sad when people ask for double and triple bagging of their groceries because they are walking or whatever reason, why not invest a couple dollars in a few reusable bags? They are inexpensive, convenient, hold more, stronger, and don’t end up in a landfill!
Tuition increases. WTF? Let’s make it harder for anyone to get a degree in this economy why don’t we. What a joke.
Also see this article for additional information on the state of student debt.