Tuesday, July 1, 2008
A quick political lesson
One of the joys at working retail is that I do get to work with a lot of very cool youngsters just entering the real world. These folk are graduating high school, deciding whether or not to go to college, making choices regarding careers, and occasionally no showing for their shift. Many of them also are learning about the political world with this being the first Presidential election they have the opportunity to cast a vote. It was against this backdrop that I had a conversation recently at work with one such youngster.
Photo Tech: "Drew, this sucks!"
Photo Tech: "Look at my paycheck. Taxes always eat a huge hole in what I take home."
Drew: "Vote Republican."
Photo Tech: "What? Why?"
Drew: "Generally speaking, Democrats love to share. They want everyone to have every opportunity to be equal. The problem of course is that someone has to pay for it, which is why you have a huge amount taken out of your paycheck. They are nice people, but they are expensive people. On the other hand, Republicans don't play well with others. They want people to keep what they earn and want individual accountability to reign. The problem of course, is a separation of wealthy and poor not improving, and they are thought of 'protectors of the rich' because they don't want to tax everyone, instead letting people keep what they earn. They are nice people, they just don't want to spread wealth everywhere."
Photo Tech: "Oh."
Drew: "Make sense?"
Photo Tech: "I'm feeling Republican today."
Photo from liumfamily.com