Friday, August 7, 2009
I got a call from my dad today. We talked for a while, but it's never an in-depth conversation when it comes to my dad; our relationship is complicated.
My dad is a die-hard Democrat (He thinks Hillary is hot). While there a lot of other issues I have with my dad, this only adds to the complexity of our relationship. You would think that being a veteran, he would be more right-leaning; not so. In fact, he takes every opportunity to tell me how W and the GOP are to blame for today's problems. I've got to have the patience of Job to get through a phone call with him.
Today, the issue of Obamacare came up. My dad seems to think that being that he gets his healthcare through the VA that he's going to continue to get anything he needs. I tried to explain that under this hideous legislation, it wouldn't make a dime's worth of difference whether it was through the VA or not; rationing will be the norm and cost effectiveness the bottom line. He said the Dems would never let that happen. How blind are those who refuse to see!
He then went on to tell me about how he found out that he can get his Medicare premiums paid through welfare because of his income. I asked if he really wanted the government to have that much control over his life. His response? "If they're willing to pay for it, why should I have to?" I almost dropped the phone.
In the same line of conversation, he also told me that he found out that he can get a cell phone through welfare. I asked him why should I have to pay for his cell phone. His answer? "I paid into the system all those years. Why shouldn't I get something out of it?" I calmly tried to tell him that no one should be paying for what other people want. I'm pretty sure I used the term "theft" by the government. Then all hell broke loose. He seems convinced that the Dems are just trying to help those who can't help themselves. I realized at this point that calm disagreement wasn't going to change his mind.
It's bad enough when you see strangers with this attitude, but when it's family, it makes you even crazier.
All I can say is this: Mom, thanks for raising me. I love you with all my heart. You done did good.