Thursday, September 23, 2004

Indeed, I take care of myself

A very interesting comment on another site that I happened to visit. Says it all in a nutshell, particularly for those who think government regulations suck and that they have made their own way:

DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOE REPUBLICAN------ Joe wakes up and fills his coffeepot with water. The water is good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With the clean water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are (somewhat) safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety.---- All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought for paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.--- Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees, and time, because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation.----- Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with good pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.--- Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC or FDIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.------ Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.---- Joe is home from work. He plans to drive to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. His car is relatively safe because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans. The house didn't have electricity until some big-government liberal worked his ass off for rural electrification.--- His father, who is retired, lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself. Joe is so glad his father doesn't need any financial help from him.---- Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn't mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day.---- Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have."---


Blogger Wulfgar said...

Sometimes the simplest observations are the best. ;-)

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Blogger Randy said...

Who is the author?
Well done...

6:20 PM  
Blogger Chuck Rightmire said...

His name was just Ralphy on the site.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

that is so right on.

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