Once again California is in lockdown. We still can't eat inside at restaurants, can't - or shouldn't - convene groups of friends in close proximity. We are worried about our children and grandchildren in the deliberation of whether to send them to school or not. It's boring and worrisome all at the same time.
And then there's the dullness. You've cleaned the house, you've mowed the lawn, you've cooked new things (for better or for worse). You've watched every movie and TV series you can stand, and you've read every book you can lay hands on. You've called old friends who may or may not remember you, and you've gone to worship virtually that is a necessary connection to your congregation but not very fulfilling emotionally. What else do you have to do?
So, to alleviate our collective ennui, let's take the Budget Challenge! This year, more than most, we have a budget that is based on hope more than actual income. Today is Tax Day, and the state will determine whether or not there are sufficient revenues for the expenditures we would all like to assure.
Next 10, long-time allies of the Council and IMPACT, has the "California Budget Challenge" online. You can use your best insights and best judgement to figure out what we should fund and how we should fund it.
If nothing else the Budget Challenge will let you exercise your intellect and express your frustrations with our current situation. Next 10 gives you the parameters - what our situation currently is - and lets you take if from there. If you decide on a workable, moral, and human budget, would you then consider running for public office? We need you! If not, just bask in the glow of a job well done. And possibly share your thoughts with us to pass on to others. We do look for more than "defund it all and Devil take the hindmost" answers, we will say that up front.
To take the challenge, please click here Let us know what you decided if you'd like us to share. And anonymity is assured upon request!
Have, if not fun, a diversion. Enjoy it if you can!