I love my Dad to Death
January 26, 2012 Leave a comment
But I feel like maybe we can all be marginally enlightened by this argument we had by email after the SOTU.
It’s long, so you’re going to have to endure a page break.
Hey Dad.Your son here. That itch to shout at you about politics has taken over. Do me a favor and read the two below things and tell me what you think. I gotta say, the second thing broke my heart in a very real way. Maybe it’ll break yours too, unless your hearty American-ness gives you more fortitude to deal with other people’s wealth.First thing: The state of the Union in a ten minute slide show presentation.Second thing: Mitt Romney’s salary calculator. (Seriously, it broke my heart, punch in 32,000 for me – my income)Anyways, let me know what you think. The first thing makes the GOP complaint that “things are worse than 2008” sound like a ridiculous lie and in absence of those helpful bar graphs, it feels like a lie as well because the jobs numbers have been getting steadily better, restaurants are finally re-opening around here, every week the economy gets better (some dips, but more gains than dips). Etcetera.Happy coffee time,Thomas
Ok from your response it doesn’t look like you read the first article. And my problem with the whole wealth thing comes from my sense that he cannot possibly imagine or pretend to understand the straits of me, all of my friends, all of my coworkers, even my supervisors and managers. My fear from that is simply that he will not understand and therefore be unable to address what needs to be done for me and my reality. Does that make sense? Its still early. I don’t begrudge his wealth at all. Or his taxes. I am just afraid of how inconceivably out if touch it will make him. Do you see what I mean, though? Can you at least understand why I feel that way? And please, go read the Slate article about the speech.
Sent from my Windows Phone
Hey Dad, this is the graph we spoke about on the phone. I’m not looking to start an argument on this or the value of wealth. Again, I think you’re arguing with a communist version of me, because we actually agree quite a bit on wealth and taxes.I’m just saying. That image is the problem. My solution? Bring the top line down THE SLIGHTEST BIT and raise the bottom lines up very quickly. How we get to that, well – that’s an ideological debate I don’t want to have.