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29 March 2010 @ 04:07 am
There's this real goofy guy at work, Bob. He works kind of the night shift and has a reputation for just being strange. He sings and dances a lot. Makes dumb jokes like when I went out on the barge and asked him "are we going yet?,"  he took off his hat and said "going? no it's gone" and rubbed his baldness.  This morning in the course of conversation about the state of television he says almost out of the blue "Every day I go home and for an hour I watch fox news and get indoctrinated. Just gotta get my hour of indoctrination." I thought "Wow, so this weirdo hates fox news and is probably one of  those serious union democrats. What a bad face for liberalism." But I didn't say anything about it.

Later when we were tying up the barge back at the berth I asked him real cautious like I always am about politics at work: "So you're happy about this whole health care thing?"

"Happy? Hell I'm not happy. That's gonna cost this country a lot of money we don't have." I said I thought it would actually save money. He said "I don't know believe that one." I said it was because it would put a new payroll tax on people making over  250,000.

He said "Well, that's gonna cost a lot of jobs. It's the people with money that create all the jobs."  I gave him back something like  "well that's trickle-down theory but a lot of people believe it's the other way around. His reply: "That's a fact. People with money create the jobs. I only deal with facts. Not opinions like that." I left it at that. I'm not sure if I regret not bothering to explain what indoctrination means.

I don't believe Democrats will ever be able to pass something really difficult like climate-change legislation or single-payer healthcare, if they can't get the support of the people the party really helps, the lower and middle-class and the unions, and all the morons living off of unemployment at the tea party rallies and watching fox news. A little populism now and then wouldn't hurt.
Jamespseudo1 on April 8th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
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Maybe he's a true blue Conservative, (man I almost wrote conversative and I wonder if that would be more appropriate if I knew the guy) but he was being facetious cuz he knows you're a commie. Like "yeah I get my daily indoctrination" to be all sarcastic. Probably not though, like I said, I don't know him at all.
But I get where he's comin from with that remark, in a way. In a possible way, anyway. Have you ever been listening to NPR or whatever (I feel like Brian Lehrer is the prime example of this) and while you agree with just about everything said, you just don't like the tone? Like it's condescending sounding, or just not professional seeming. A bit too much snide. And the very presentation makes you roll your eyes a little bit, like "yeah you would say that" even though you agree! So sometimes it's like "you're preachin to the choir buddy, but damn you and your indoctrinations"

With a long E, as in Evilevelynnash on April 9th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I don't understand why everyone's so afraid of socialism.
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