Different Points of Reference

I was outside just a little while ago, having a smoke. (Yes, yes; I've taken the filthy habit back up. No, I won't apologize for it.)

There were three of us sitting at a table, discussing what we'd each do if we won the Powerball drawing. Mind you, I was already aware of the political affiliations of these people, but the conversation really highlighted the different mindsets between people on the Right or Left.

Me: "It would be cool if I could win the lottery, because then S. and I could be completely out of debt. We would pay off my car and the house. Then, we'd sell the house and just put the cash down on something in a little better shape; like one of those places that just went up on the far south end of town. We'd have next to no house payment, and no debt, so we could both take jobs we'd enjoy, write, and home school The Miss. We'd take care of our folks -- mine have no retirement, so it would be nice to make sure that they don't have to worry. I think I'd splurge by buying S. a new vehicle, and add a few new firearms to the collection. Then we might travel a little. We've always wanted to see the UK. S. would love to see Taiwan. But after that...what do you do with all those millions? You could live comfortably on just the interest. I'd make sure that our daughter's future is taken care of, and then we'd donate the rest to charities."

The other Righty: "I know what you mean about not being able to spend it all. I'm with you -- I don't need much of a house, now that the kids are all grown and gone. I'd help my kids pay off their student loans, and help them get on their feet, and I'd sure see to my folks, too. I'd buy my wife a new car -- she's been driving the same one for the last six or seven years. I have one son who would probably become a professional student, except I don't want my boys to become Trustafarians. It'd be nice to pay off all my debt. We'd do that for sure. I don't care much about travel, myself. I saw it all when I was in the military. I think we'd just give the bulk of it away."

Lefty: "You guys are nuts. I'd spend one or two million on a house, and then I'd buy a new Jaguar every year. I'd travel the world and buy all my clothes in Paris or Italy. I'd buy vacation houses all over, and travel in style. I'd take a private jet to Europe for lunch, or fly to Japan for the weekend. I'd hit Vegas all the time. That would be cool."

Me: "What else would you do with that kind of money?"

Lefty: "Whatever the hell I want. It would be my money."

Me: "Would you assist charity in any way?"

Lefty: "Maybe a few thousand dollars. Mostly, I'd just want to have fun."

That was the conversation. Draw your own conclusions.

posted by Linda on September 17, 2004 08:17 PM



Serial Republi-con Victim complains for the THIRD straight presidential election of being assaulted and has offspring assist.

Check out the whole story at Rising Hegemon. This is unassailable evidence that the Reich Whingers will do anything to get Dear Leader fascist re-selected to office for four more wars. They are even stupider to use this stooge's offspring. This is where history will show Chimpy lost the re-selection.

ps. Don't think because I'm Canadian that I won't influence this election. I have absentee ballots from New York, Michigan and Florida from three different identities. On each I will loudly vote for John Fitzgerald Kerry (unless I decide to write in Osama).

Posted by: Robert Mac-Clelland at September 18, 2004 03:25 PM

It's amazing, the divide is more like a chasm.

Posted by: michele at September 18, 2004 05:01 PM

Robert, why are you even here? What does your hate-filled post have to do with the subject that Linda was talking about?


Posted by: Ethne at September 18, 2004 07:49 PM

"What does your hate-filled post have to do with the subject that Linda was talking about?"

Nothing. It's a troll. All it wants is to spread chaos and misery so it keeps on posting inflammatory screeds on other people's blogs hoping to get angered responses.

Rather pathetic, isn't it?

Posted by: Patrick Chester at September 19, 2004 01:59 AM

Sorry, I forgot myself for a minute. I should remember to point and laugh at trolls... Thanks for the reality check. :D

Posted by: Ethne at September 19, 2004 06:26 PM

Leftists are distinguished largely by their shallow mindedness. Hollywood just has to be populated by lefties.

Posted by: Bongo Girl at September 20, 2004 12:51 AM

Robert seems more like a para-troll to me.

"I have absentee ballots from New York, Michigan and Florida from three different identities. On each I will loudly vote for John Fitzgerald Kerry (unless I decide to write in Osama)."

Too much moonbattery in that thar statement. It's almost clever!

As for the post itself: I've noticed this divide for quite a few years. My most leftist/progressive friend refuses to giving change to homeless guys and gals because "it's not my place to help them, the government should be doing that"

He, my sister and I went to the 20th anniversary of Woodstock free concert at the original site in '94 (NOT the one in Saugerties, NY).
At one point an announcer asked us the police the grounds and pick up any trash we saw. My sister and I began to pick up some trash as my aforementioned liberal/progressive friend watched us with his hands in his pockets.

"Come on," I said to him, "There's an empty potato chip bag right there...!"

"I didn't throw it there, why should I have to clean it up?" he shrugged.

Now, keep in mind that we're at a FREE CONCERT that hundreds of people and performers have DONATED their time and money to put on for us.

Liberals are nothing more than people who want everyone else to provide for them without having to assume those same responsibilties to others themselves.

"Give it to me 'cause I want it. I owe y'all nothing."

They're just overgrown undereducated children, really, methinks.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at September 21, 2004 02:16 AM

Oh look... it knows the only way for Kerry to win is by cheating and voter fraud. How amusing...

Did I mention hubster's liberal friend offered me $500 dollars to not vote for George Bush? It's amazing... we can't get him to pitch in for pizza, yet he has money to spend when it comes to bribery and fraud..

You can't buy my vote, beee-otch!

Posted by: Ethne at September 21, 2004 03:32 PM

I'd have taken that money Ethne, then voted for Bush anyway. Teach a lesson on how reality works. Then you could chip in your friends' share of the tab using 'his' money.

Posted by: Ted at September 23, 2004 11:50 AM