A friend of ours posted this on her Facebook page. She and Derwood have gone back and forth about it a few times. I consider her a very good friend and I’m married to the other one in the discussion, so I decided I’d stay out of the argument and just address the entry that started it all. I really wanted to ask what the hell any of this had to do with HB 5 and SB 5, which is what our friend was pissed off about (an initiative that eliminates collective bargaining rights for public workers such as public school teachers), but decided instead to address the “facts” contained in the entry which our friend did not write, she merely reposted.
Our friend attributed the entry to her source which was one “Jeff Parker” with a date of November 19, 2009. The original post is in regular typeface, my insertions are in bold text, (enclosed in parentheses).
(Maria, Daily Kos posted this back in September 2004, attributed to one “punkvoter” … lots of people have cribbed it since then but not many of them have applied attribution. Not even sure if “punkvoter” was the original author or not because commentary on Daily Kos at the time indicated that it was posted several other places as well and had been making the rounds; it definitely was not written Nov of 2009. Just thought you’d like to know it was improperly attributed.
Now if you’d care to go to my blog ( http://www.naebunny.net/~mommylemur ), I’ll be happy to address “punkvoter’s” (or whoever the original author may be) claims. I figured it was more polite to do it on my own space rather than spam yours with it, because it’s kind of long.)
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. (The EPA was started in 1970 by Richard Nixon, a Republican)
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. (FDA was started in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican)
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. (The first employer provided health insurance dates to 1890 – when Benjamin Harrison was president. Harrison was a Republican. Unions – the first of which didn’t even form until 1935 – had nothing to do with it.)
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. (The USDA began in 1862, started by Republican President Abraham Lincoln.)
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. (The Consumer Product Safety Commission was started in 1972 under the directives of Richard M. Nixon, a Republican. You might be interested to know incidentally that while they do tell consumers what safety features or ingredients to look for, they don’t test, certify or recommend products or brands for safety, nor do they guarantee in any way that manufacturers are honest in their labeling.)
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. (EPA again, Richard Nixon, a Republican.)
He walks to the 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. (Public Transportation actually dates back to biblical times; modern public transportation was an idea chiefly imported from the Europeans. There is no way to attribute the rise or maintenance of public transportation to any political party and it should also be noted that it is mostly only larger cities that have public transportation. Oh, and if Joe lives out in the country, or even in the suburbs – say Beavercreek – and works in the city – say Dayton – Joe is SOL.)
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. (“Fringe Benefits” in the US were first started and administered by the National War Labor Board, which was created in April 1918 by Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, who appointed as its first Administrator William Howard Taft, a Republican. This was disbanded after the war but was resurrected as the National Labor Relations Board in 1934 by FDR, a Democrat.)
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. (The first employer sponsored disability insurance policy in the United States was written in 1911, when William Howard Taft – a Republican – was president. The Supreme Court declared that worker’s compensation was legal and did not violate the constitution in 1917 during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson – a Democrat – but the bulk of the justices sitting were appointed before Wilson’s presidency, most of them by Republicans. At least unemployment compensation was started in 1936 by FDR – a Democrat.)
It’s noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FDIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression. (1934 – Democrat FDR)
Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage (FHLMC started in 1970 under Nixon, Republican) and his below-market federal student loan (SLMA aka Sallie Mae was started in 1972 by that elitist Republican Nixon) 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 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. (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards were created by the newly formed NHTSA in 1967 – LBJ, Democrat)
He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers’ Home Administration (1946 – Harry S. Truman, Democrat) 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. (Rural Electrification was the brainchild of Herbert Hoover – a Republican – who worked tirelessly to convince over 30 states to set up rural power initiatives. However in 1935 FDR – a Democrat – decided it should instead be administered at a federal level, he created the Rural Electrification Agency to oversee it.)
He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security (1935 – FDR, Democrat, and it should be pointed out that during the Carter – Democrat – administration the government began taxing social security and unemployment benefits, thereby cutting into Pop’s check) and a union pension (unless he has a privately funded pension plan from his employer – not everyone is in a union, mind you: in fact, a mere 12.4% of the full workforce in the US is a member of a union these days) 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 (then Joe should switch the channel because the problems of this country are far more complex than “us” vs. “them” unless “us” is the public and “them” is the government and then maybe he’d be on to something). He doesn’t mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day (he doesn’t mention it because it isn’t true – from the above items, even giving double credit wherever possible, 11 started under republicans, 8 started under democrats and 2 can’t be counted as either). 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.”
And there you have it.