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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 06:46 PM
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Atrocious Reep Parable from Freeperland: Please dissect!
Father Daughter Talk

Posted on 10/07/2004 7:46:45 AM PDT by drc43

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and was very much in favor of the redistribution of wealth. She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, 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 addition of more government welfare 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 her 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 a 1.0 off your 4.0 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 wouldn't be fair! I have 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 Republican Party."
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Worst Username Ever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 06:52 PM
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Then her brother walked in the room, and handed her an
enlistment form. "Go fight."
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 06:52 PM
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1. The usual bigotry and assumption
that those who are poor are that way because they want to be or because they waste money on 'partying', and that the poor never 'work hard'. Anyone who has been around the working poor knows that that is a crock.

They also pander to the quaint notion that NO ONE gets government help except for the 'welfare cadillac class'. They conveniently forget that that college the daughter is going to is very likely one that receives some sort of government funding, or may even have been founded by the government (land grant colleges in the Midwest). If the young lady was like me, she might have gotten a state scholarship because of her good high school grades. But of course that isn't welfare, is it?</sarcasm>
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Nocturnes Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 07:00 PM
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4. Respond with this
I am not really sure where it started so I cannot attribute it to anyone.

" Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's 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. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby 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 environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

He walks on the government-provided sidewalk to subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants 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, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy 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 stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It is noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC 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 also forgets that his in addition to his federally subsidized student loans, he attended a state funded university.

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. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards to go along with the tax-payer funded roads.

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 stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to.

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."
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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 06:57 PM
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2. At least each of them had the same opportunity...
to put in the same amount of work and be graded comparably. If they were graded differently no matter how much work each put in (assuming their abilities are similar) wouldn't that be unfair?
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katusha Donating Member (592 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 06:58 PM
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3. bush = aubrey
Edited on Thu Oct-07-04 06:59 PM by katusha
unfortunately for this "parable"

Her father listened and then asked, "How is your friend Bushie doing?" She replied, "Bushie is barely getting by. All he takes are easy classes, he never studies, and he barely has a 2.0 GPA. he is so popular on campus, college for him is a blast. he's always invited to all the parties, and lots of times he doesn't even show up for classes because he's too hung over."
"That's o.k." said her father, "I know bushie's dad and we'll make sure he is president some day!"
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kerryin2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 07:00 PM
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5. We know Bush got all he has from hard work..right?
Edited on Thu Oct-07-04 07:01 PM by kerryin2004
I mean he wasnt given any favors for being born rich and privileged was he??

THe problem with this email is this girl with the 4.0 had to drop out because Bush and the republicans didn't care about college costs rising, or equality in education, and lazy Audrey after graduating got a plum job making 6 figures because her dad was well connected..
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FlemingsGhost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 07:01 PM
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6. What was George W. Bush's GPA?
Yeah ... hard work got him where he is today.
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ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-07-04 07:04 PM
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7. Usual Freeper logic
Poor people work long and hard hours, I have seen it myself. I am glad that some of my money goes to help them.

This fictional college student does not make any attempt to help herself.
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