I value time more than most. I will always exchange money for time if the amount of time I save by hiring something out looks to be a good deal for me. An example of this just took place a couple of days ago. We have had a lot of snow here in Madison and I basically have two options. After work I can get the shovel out and clear it myself off of my driveway and sidewalk or hire someone to plow it. This time I chose the latter since the snow was pretty heavy and wet to boot. On top of that I have been extremely busy at work and am pulling more hours than usual. Sometimes I just want to come home, see my daughters, have a nice scotch, and kick back.
At times I look at the decisions others make and try to shoehorn them into my life and it just doesn’t work. Square peg into round hole.
A co-worker recently told me about how he just put a new roof on his house. Besides the fact that I don’t have the knowhow to do this job, there is no physical way that I could do it. When I wake up in the morning it is dark. In the summer when I get home there is only about three hours of daylight left. Six months out of the year when I leave work it is dark. At this rate it would take me (if I had the knowhow) a year to finish a roofing job. This is obviously something I would have to pay others to do for me. I am envious at times of others who work a simple 40 hour week, then have all of this extra time. Well, I call it extra since I usually work 70-80 hours. But no regrets, it is the life I chose.
I give you this boring background information because I can’t think of a bigger waste of time than creating an organization that pushes LOCAL branches of government to impeach Bush and Cheney. Yet we have one here in Madison. I won’t link them.
They have been pushing the Madison city council to move forward with legislation to “impeach” Bush and Cheney. For those who don’t know much about Madison, I would say we are the second most “progressive” area in the country besides perhaps Berkeley. The city council is famed for wasting all kinds of time on resolutions against the Iraq War, or whatever else they feel like resolving against. But they laughed the impeachment thing out of the room.
So the organizers of the movement have decided to go to the county level. I can only assume that the Dane County Board will laugh them out of the room as well, as outside of Madison, there are many more conservative voters than inside of the city limits.
I just don’t understand what can possibly be gained by organizing a movement such as this. Even if the resolution was passed by the city and county governing bodies, it has absolutely zero effect on…anything. I understand that there may be some retired persons running the effort who have a lot of time on their hands, but wouldn’t you think that they would try to be more productive? I would think that they would be far better off joining a canasta club and making new friends, or reading another Noam Chomsky book, or sitting in a coffee shop sipping an espresso than investing time into something that will produce utterly nothing of value.