This gently explains the difference in thinking between people with opposite outlooks. A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.
She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed.
Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his. One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.
He responded by asking how she was doing in school.
Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.
Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?” She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by.All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA.She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast.She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.
“Her wise father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2 .0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.” The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, and how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the conservative side of the fence. “If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!
· If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.
· If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.
· If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.
· If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced.
· If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.
It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then — just to loosen up and be a part of the crowd.
Inevitably, though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker. I had become a binge thinker….
Somehow – I don’t know where or when – I began to think alone —
“to relax,” I told myself — but I knew it wasn’t true. Thinking
became more and more important to me, and finally I was thinking
all the time, more or less.
That was when things began to go sour at home. One evening I turned off the TV, gazed at my wife and actually asked her about the meaning of life.
She spent that night at her mother’s.
Then I began to think on the job. Don’t ask me why – I knew that thinking and gainful employment don’t mix, but I couldn’t help myself.
I started to avoid friends at lunchtime so I could read Thoreau, Muir, Confucius and Kafka. I read Bennett and Beck and O’Reilly. I would return to the office dizzied and confused, asking, “What is it exactly we are doing here?” Where are we going? What is the meaning of all this?”
One day the boss called me in. He said, “John, listen, I like you, and it hurts me to say this, but your thinking has become a real problem. If you don’t stop thinking on the job, well you’ll just have to find another job.”
Of course, all this gave me a lot to think about. I went home early after my conversation with the boss. “Honey,” I confessed, “I’ve been thinking…”
“I know you’ve been thinking!” she exclaimed. “And I want a divorce!”
“But Honey,” I said. “Surely it’s not that serious.”
“But it is serious,” she said, lower lip aquiver. “You think you know more than college professors. Pretty soon, you’ll probably think you know more than Michael Moore, although you won’t make nearly as much money as him. But in fact, if you keep thinking… well, we won’t have any money at all!” And she broke into tears.
“Honey, I think that’s a faulty syllogism,” I said impatiently.
She exploded in tears of rage and frustration, but I was in no mood to deal with the emotional drama.
“Darn it! I’m going to the library,” I snarled as I stomped out the door.
So I headed for the library. I was in the mood for some John Locke. I roared into the parking lot with FOX playing on the radio and ran up to the big glass doors.
But they didn’t open. The library was closed.
To this day, I believe that a Higher Power was looking out for me that night. Leaning on the cold, unfeeling glass, whimpering for Emerson, a poster caught my eye:
“Friend, is heavy thinking ruining your life?” it asked.
You probably recognize that line. Of course – it comes from the Thinkers Anonymous poster we’ve all seen.
And at that moment, I started on the journey that I continue to this day. I became a Recovering Thinker.
I never miss a TA meeting. At each meeting we watch a non-educational video; last week it was “Porky’s” and the week before that, we saw a couple of episodes of “Sex and the City.” Then we share experiences about how we have avoided thinking since the last meeting.
Thank goodness I still have my job, and things are a lot better at home. Life just seemed easier somehow, as soon as I stopped thinking. I think… no, scratch that! I believe the road to recovery is almost complete for me.
Because today I took that final step …. I joined the Democrat Party.
The CIA and our armed forces completed a long overdue mission. Congratulations are in order. A quiet nod and we should move on to the next target on the list. If they are having trouble generating a list, here are a few suggestions:
- The other 9 on the top 10 Muslim radical list.
- Any Somalian pirate, his main ship and his tenders.
- Leaders of the drug cartels in Mexico, Colombia and other drug traffic controlled Central and South American countries.
Get back to me when you need more targets. As it took 10 years to get number 1 on your own list, I will not hold my breathe.
History Lesson on Your Social Security Card
History Lesson on Your Social Security Card
Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn’t know this.
It’s easy to check out, if you don’t believe it. Be sure and show it to your family and friends. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts.
Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message, NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION, was removed.
An old Social Security card with the “NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION” message.
Our Social Security
Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social
Security (FICA) Program. He promised:
1.) That participation in the Program would be completely voluntary,
No longer Voluntary
2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual Incomes into the Program,
Now 7.65% on the first $90,000
3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year,
No longer tax deductible
4.) That the money the participants put into the independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the general operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program, and,
Under Johnson the money was moved to The General Fund and Spent
5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.
Under Clinton & Gore up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed
Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are
now receiving a Social Security check every month —
and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of
the money we paid to the Federal government to ‘put
away’ — you may be interested in the following:
Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the
independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it?
A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically
controlled House and Senate.
Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax
deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?
A: The Democratic Party.
Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?
A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the
‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the USA
Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?
AND MY FAVORITE:
A: That’s right!
Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it!
Then, after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away!
And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it! If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of
awareness will be planted and maybe changes will evolve.
What is McConnell thinking? This is the type of leadership that the Republicans cannot afford. How can he hesitate in eliminating earmarks? The citizenry has spoken. Out with the old, in with the new. No more politics usual. Even after this significant election result … he withheld his support from the elimination of earmarks. Earmarks, probably the poster child of old style politics. HOT AIR link below comments on his reversal to a TEMPORARY support of earmark elimination from federal budgets. Gee thanks.
Subject: liberals and conservatives
If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for
If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.
If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.
If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.
(Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!)
If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for
it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.
If a conservative reads this, he’ll share this with his friends so they can
have a good laugh.
A liberal will be”offended”.
Well, I shared it with you.
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