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posted 11/12/2006 9:03:21 PM |
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A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat and was for the distribution of all wealth. She felt so deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, and she expressed her feelings openly.
One day she was challenging her father on his beliefs and his oppostion to higher taxes & welfare programs. In the middle of her heartfelt diatribe based upon the lectures she had from her far left professors at her school, he stopped her and asked her point blank, how she was doing in school. She answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain. That she had to study all the time, never had time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend and didn't really have many college friends because of spending all her time studying. That she was taking a more difficult curriculum. Her father listened and then asked her, "How is your friend Mary." She replied, "Mary is barely getting by", she continued, "all she has is barely a 2.0 GPA" adding, "and all she takes are easy classes and she never studies." But to explain further she continued emotionally, "But Mary is so popular on campus, college for her is a blast, she goes to all the parties all the time and very often doesn't even show up for classes because she is too hung over." Her father then asked his daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct a 1.o off your 4.0 GPA and give it to her friend who only had a 2.0." He continued, "That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair equal distribution of GPA." The daughter visibly shocked by the father's suggestion angrily fired back, "That would be fair! I worked really hard for mine, I did without and Mary has done little or nothing, she played while I worked real hard!" The father slowly smiled and said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."



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I wanted to share this story I got back a few years ago because it speaks volumes. I plan on sharing this with Natasha because she thinks of herself as a Democrat.

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jiggyjg

Nov 13 @ 12:41AM  
I am Canadian, so I dont complely understand the "Parties", but I can compare them to our Canadian ones and keep your message in context.

I dont consider myself in either camp. Infact, my personal feelings are that the parties should be disolved and everyone run as independants (much fairer, and would give politicians a better taste of reality).

I can see both sides of this particular debate. We here in Canada are Taxed to death. The average family of 4 loses 54% of their income to taxes at one level of government or another here in Canada. I realise that yes we do need "social programs" we also need hospitals, schools, roads, etc. What we dont need are politicians retiring after 2 terms and drawing a pention = to their salary for the rest of their lives. We also dont need the govenment to "bail out" businesses. If your business cant make it - CLOSE.

And can someone tell me why it is that as soon as the words government and contract are mentioned in the same sentance that the price at least doubles - usually more?

The reason that we pay as much in taxes as we do (worldwide) is because of 2 things. Government mismanagement, and people who want to try and screw the govenrment. You could also probably add personal greed in there somewhere,because i am sure that if a company quotes me 5 times the going rate to buy something from them - I am not going to buy from them with out kickbacks.

Please dont ask me how to implement the changes required to fix our govenments, because it cant happen. The majority will not vote for an independant, they want the parties - yet it is the simple truth that so long as the party system survives - the problems with democracy will not only persist, but get worse.

J
StraddleMyNose

Nov 13 @ 12:52AM  
I don't agree with that. We have two major parties that is like black and white, night and day. I know some people like a little more color in where they want to stand, but I feel very strongly what my party offers.
bentan

Nov 13 @ 4:48AM  
I dunno ... I'm more inclined to go with Jiggyjg's suggestion of having independents. The problem with having the political scene dominated by a couple of parties is that with parties or groups you get groupthink. Party politicians are under pressure to toe the party line, whether it is actually sensible or not. What kind of democracy can we have with policies being decided not by a few hundred lawmakers but rather by two gigantic sumo wrestlers? And let's not forget all the petty bickering, name-calling and party politics that goes on in the hallowed halls of government. A lot of times I get the impression that politicians are there more to root for their particular party than to do what's best for the nation and the people. Most politicians are not actually stupid; they only appear to be because they get hemmed in and gagged by the party line.
JJN4Fun

Nov 13 @ 12:32PM  
I'm not huge on politics but I do have an opinion here...It is a sociological fact that most people do not move out of the social class to which they are born (or so, that is what I was taught in my sociology classes). It is also a myth that this country offers equal opportunities to all citizens. It simply is not true, and I don't care who you are or where you come from; not everyone is given an equal opportunity, and not everyone can attain wealth through hard work and determination. Fact is, w/o the poor and working class folks, those who have the wealth would not be able to keep their wealth. They rely on the blood, sweat, and tears of those who were not forutnate enough to be born into weath. Doors do not magically open simply beause you knock, no matter how hard you work, no matter how much you want it, no matter how good and honest person you are.

Money is power. To share the money would be to share the power. Who do you know that's willing to give up his/her power? Very few people, indeed.

I don't see being a democrat as meaning that wealth should be equally distributed. In fact, wikipedia defines it as "One who advocates or practices social equality". That's not the same as equal distribution of wealth...it means that all people - regardless of social class, sex, race, religion, etc. will be treated the same, have the same rights, and equal opportunities. Are we there yet? Oh hell no! Does being a republican mean being against social equality? I surely nope not!


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