Why you should vote in general.
So, fun fact, I’m a homeowner.
(Not-so-fun fact, I only own a home because both my parents passed away over 10 years ago and I inherited it and have been trying to keep it’s crusty 150-year-old walls from crumbling around me since I was 19. But I digress.)
In my city, there’s a referendum vote for additional school funding to build a new elementary school and expand the existing ones, as well as updating all the schools to be more energy efficient, increase funding for STEM and foreign language classes, and hire more teachers. It’s a good thing all around, and if passed, will increase property taxes nominally for seven years. Mine will go up about $200/year, which is fine with me.
In line ahead of me for early voting was a lady complaining that her property taxes would go up over $900/year. She was voting today, and tomorrow her husband plans to vote as well.
Here’s the thing: for that lady to be charged an extra $900/year, her house would have to be worth over $400,000 in a city where most of the houses top out at about $150,000. (You can look up online how much your taxes will be effected.) One can assume that she’s already well above the median income, and she was older, so I assume she doesn’t have kids in the school system right now. (Neither do I, but you know, I want kids to have a good education anyway.)
Old people vote. Old people fucking LOVE to vote, and a lot of them are like this lady. She’s got money, she’s got a house, and she probably doesn’t have kids to support. Basically, she got hers so fuck you.
If you don’t vote on elections, any elections, old people will still vote. They bus them in from the retirement homes just so they can vote. And they aren’t going to vote to make schools better, and they aren’t going to vote to support candidates that are socially progressive…they’re going to vote for old people things and fuck what you want. They aren’t going to vote for smaller class sizes or better science programs, because the generations after them aren’t their concern.
So vote. Always vote. Vote to spite old people.