A Wisconsin Conversation…
It goes something like this:
Her: I don’t even know why they’re protesting.
Her: They’ve (public employee unions) had it good for a long time.
Me: So your solution to this is to make their benefits suck and remove collective bargaining like everybody else?
Her: No, that’s not what…
Me: Are you aware that 60% of businesses in the state of Wisconsin don’t pay taxes? There’s your deficit, Walker’s an ass.
Her: Who said that?’
Me: About businesses not paying taxes? The Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
Her: Well, we need to keep businesses in Wisconsin.
Me: And balance the budget on the backs of people.
Her: Businesses create jobs.
Me: The state is losing jobs, they obviously suck at it.
Her: Without jobs, we’d all be in trouble. Walker’s not going to do anything to make jobs leave the state.
Me: So, the idea is to vote in whoever is going to kiss the ass of the corporations the most?
Me: That’s what it sounds like, it also sounds like you are okay with ceding majority power to corporations, rather than the government.
Her: That’s the way it is now.
Me: And you’re okay with that?
Her: Well, they create the jobs.
Me: But nobody has the opportunity to vote for corporations. They vote for state officials.
Her: Who work with the businesses.
Me: So the businesses run things then.
Her: Fine, the businesses run things.
Me: That’s not a democracy, that’s an oligarchy.
Her: I don’t want to talk about this anymore.
Have a nice day.