No, not with the ice machine, but rather at the ice machine, although either would be of the same intellectual value. My wife and I stopped at McDonald’s Wednesday afternoon after our tutoring session at our local public school. We enjoy sharing stories about the students we were with during their lunch period. While at the pop/ice machine, the man next to me looked familiar, so I said, “I think we know each other.” Indeed we did but that was a few years ago- we were neighbors over our back fences, but he moved 3 or 4 years ago.
I recalled the circumstances of his move. He lost his job as a used car salesman, his wife moved out, and he couldn’t make the mortgage payments- quite the sad, yet a common scenario these days. I remember that when he sold his house, he told me that he took a $41K loss. As we chatted, I also recalled that he and I were not only on opposite sides of the fence, but on opposite ends of the political spectrum as well.
I asked him how he was doing and suddenly we were in a political discussion. Well, not we, but he was. He stated, “If Obama gets reelected, it’s going to get worse!” Well, my diet Coke was already spilling over the top and my cheeseburger was getting cold, so I said that I needed to join my wife and eat my burger.
Ah, yes. It is going to get worse. Worse for him? Jobless, lost his house as well as his wife? Worse? How does one define that adverb?
There’s the rub. It’s all Obama’s fault. Did I mention that he lost his house 3 years ago? During the ’08 economic meltdown? When who was still president? Or, doesn’t that fact count?
Facts. Data. Evidence. Apparently all irrelevant to some people. That’s a real problem for this nation. My ex-neighbor, I’m guessing, would support the Tea Party agenda. Taxed Enough Already. Now that my ex-neighbor lives in an apartment, he at least doesn’t have to pay property taxes [although I’m sure that they are included in the rent.] Are unemployment benefits taxable?
The clutch of right-wing bloggers with whom I play hate Obama, too. I can’t figure out why, though. I often ask them why their hate is so intense, but I never get a serious answer; they often deride me for asking the question. Avoidance.
President Obama, you have to admit, is an easy target upon which to hang their fears and vent their anger. After all, he’s not one of them. Might not even be a citizen. Was a community organizer. Is a Democrat. What other evidence does this group need?
This group seems to believe, yes believe not think, that one of the pack of GOP candidates will rise above the rest and, riding his white horse in crusade-like fashion, will slay the evil leader on election day. And when the deed is done, that they will live happily ever after.
Believe. Not think. Life in a bubble universe, an alternate reality.