What’s the trio of subjects you do not bring up in polite company? Religion, politics, sex? Well, I mentioned religion yesterday. Time for politics next. Sex? Probably never to be talked about on here. Girl has to have some limits you know.
Okay, so I know some will find this offensive and I’m sorry, but Republicans? I don’t get you.
I’m surrounded by them in my community and my family. My mother. My brother in law. Half the people I work with and most of the families I teach. When I find a Democrat amongst them I want to tongue kiss them like there’s no tomorrow. It’s a rare occurence.
This came to mind because a former student pasted on Facebook yesterday about being out on the lake. This student comes from a very wealthy family who has accomplished great things. He had the privelege of an elite private school. His college education? Totally paid for. No student loans for him. And at the age of 25 he’s out on his parent’s boat on the lake enjoying his Labor Day Weekend. I’m happy for him.
Except he’s also begun posting lots of Republican drivel and I’m sure he espouses the “I built that” mentality. He hasn’t built anything. He’s enjoying the privelege he has due to his parents’ hard work managing others who make significantly less money who actually did the work. Do you know who “built” him? I did. HIs parents did. His teachers, friends, and community did. The people who work for his parents did. No matter the product produced, you had help.
I also do not understand those who will vote against their own interest this fall. My mother had a heart attack this summer and spent significant time in rehab. She hated it. Even though she was in a short term rehabilitation wing, she was housed with people 20 years older than her who were on the fast track to dementia. Women wandering the hallways at 2 am looking for their purses. It waas hard. She also loves her Medicare and is quite vocal about that.
Yet, because she is so blindingly pro-life (as am I), she will vote Republican this fall (as I will not), even though neither party will do one thing about abortion and her party would like to give vouchers for elder care. A voucher? If you don’t know where your purse is, I’m not sure you are equipped to choose a health care plan or have the extra funds available to bridge the gaps in your care.
Another friend who doesn’t even fucking vote has plenty to say. She is opposed to the President and his health care reform. Her family owes THOUSANDS…probably upwards of $100,000 in medical bills due to a crappy employer provided plan that has a $20,000 out of pocket per year per family member. She has not been well for several years and I know that she has maxed out her insurance. She stands to benefit directly from any change in health care…. and yet…and still….
As for others that I come across who think that “regulation is killing small businesses…” are you kidding me? Regulation is the only thing that keeps behemouths from reaching directly in your pocket and taking your money while they stick their other hand up your ass, just because they can. For every single regulation? There is a company who made that rule necessary. You can no longer trust corporations to do what is best for the customer in order to survive. They have become too big, too wealthy, and too powerful in order for that to happen…bank bailout, anyone? I’m not anti-corporation, but let’s stop pretending that businesses, big or small, have any kind of internal, moral compass, shall we? Business only real goal is profit, one way or another, and its morality is only as good as that of the owner or the board who stand to gain financially by their decisions. How much are their morals worth? For some, the price is far too low.
Republicans. I do not get you.