Thursday, September 17, 2009

Life In A Conservative World

Last weekend, tens of thousands of right-wing protesters invaded Washington, DC for the 9/12 March. Not only were they rallying against President Obama’s plans for health care reform, but more generally against government-run services “socialism!”

A large number of the tea party protesters relied on DC’s big "socialist" government run Washington Metropolitan Transit system to get around the city. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX 8th Dist.) has written a letter to DC Transit Authority complaining that the tea baggers found the DC transit service crowded and inadequate. In his letter, Rep. Brandy demands answers for the crowded and inadequate conditions on the metro line:

By David Horsey
published in The San Antonio Express News
“These individuals came all the way from Southeast Texas [on 'socialist' built and maintained roads funded by the federal government] to protest the excessive spending and growing government intrusion by the 111th Congress and the new Obama administration,” Brady wrote. “These participants, whose tax dollars were used to create and maintain this ['socialist' DC Metro] public transit system, were frustrated and disappointed that our nation’s capital did not make a great effort to simply provide a basic level of ['socialist'] transit for them.”
A large part of the reason that the DC metro has had so many problems in recent years is that its tax-based funding was cut in the years conservatives controlled congress and the White House. Conservatives such as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-TX), has said that we [congress] shouldn’t steal tax money so that we can ride on the Metro. When a bill containing $150 million for emergency maintenance funding for the DC metro system came up this summer, Rep. Brady himself voted against such big government socalist spending.

Conservatives who protest "socialist" government services and advocate secession from our federalist form of government do not seem to stop and think about the comforts and safety they would give up in their conservative world of no federal government. The following essay says it all.
Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican
by John Gray

Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.

All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; His bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging 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. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay, medicals benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

Its noon time, Joe needs to make a Bank Deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage and his below market federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his life-time.

Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dads; his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. He 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 electric until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural Republican’s would still be sitting in the dark)

He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to. After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home.

He turns on a radio talk show, the host’s keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn’t tell Joe that his 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”.xx

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