Sunday, November 9, 2008

Keep Your Laws Off My Mochi

I was enjoying my small Pinkberry with mango and granola. I reached over to try some of Jon's mochi since he got mochi and strawberry as toppings. My spoon was quickly swatted out of the mochi territory and cries of "socialist" were flying.

"If you wanted mochi, you should have ordered mochi. Don't feel like you're entitled to my toppings, you Marxist sympathizer."

Huh? I heard this accusation being used in the past election but never gave it much thought. I just thought it was some old term from back in the days that I would never be tested on again. I asked him what that meant and all I got was some smart-ass reply about me being an econ major and blah, blah, blah. My iPhone will give me an answer without all the sarcasm.

Well, it's something like government distributing goods and services to the people across the land. This is a bad thing, if you're a capitalist, that is. In this country, that is pretty much all of us - except maybe the homeless.

And I, for one, cannot agree more. The state I live in is the 10th largest economy in the world. I figure, when combined with New York, that's the bulk of the tax dollars in the "US and A." Then why should we be paying for bridges in Alaska, wheat in Iowa, or whatever it is they do in South Dakota? Last I heard on the news, California is in debt like a bunch of other states so we can't be giving stuff away either. If we're really against this socialism, I have some amber waves of grain coming my way.

Oh, great job on those civil rights for chickens, California.