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. 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.
water is no longer safe. Conservatives for decades have been knocking holes in
safe water regulations to the point where more than half the chemicals detected
in our water supply are unregulated. Since 2001, our federal government has not
set one new standard for drinking water. The New York Times recently
published on their front page that there are no longer any federal laws that
require tap water to be safe for long-term consumption. [http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/home]
As for the safety
of Joe’s medications, perhaps 40 years ago Joe could safely assume that his
medications had been thoroughly tested, but today the FDA is more interested in
attacking small businesses selling vitamins and supplements than protecting the
public from dangerous medicine.
Since 1993, seven
FDA approved drugs have been taken off the market because they’ve caused deaths
and severe side effects. [http://www.drugawareness.org/articles/seven-deadly-drugs]
Vioxx killed over 50,000 people and is still on the market. So, watch out Joe,
those crazy liberals just haven’t been able to protect you from your medications
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
Sadly Joe doesn’t
work for a union anymore. Since Ronald Reagan was elected, membership in unions
has dropped to just a fraction of what it had been in its heyday. Reagan
appointed anti-union individuals to the National Labor Relations Board and
collective bargaining went out the window. He fired all striking members of the
air traffic controllers union effectively destroying that union. It had once
been illegal to fire striking union workers and replace them with “scabs” but
Reagan set a precedent that has led to the destruction of over 85% of our
Joe has to pay
full price for his medications, if he’s uninsured. If insured, he’ll have a
hefty co-pay to cover.
And should Joe
ever wish to fly somewhere using commercial airlines, he should keep in mind
that the pilots, mechanics, and air traffic controllers are now underpaid and
overworked, and not protected by any union. Have a safe flight, Joe.
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.
Not any more. The
USDA’s own website warns us that ready to eat meats—cold cuts—if not thoroughly
cooked are a risk to anyone whose immune system is not up to par, pregnant
women, the old, the young, and people with cancer.
Under the Clinton
administration, stricter laws were passed concerning food safety that looked
pretty good, and the USDA’s own Food Safety Inspection Service got bolstered
with additional funding. New regulations concerning Listeria (a deadly bacteria
found on meats and some milk products) were all but printed up in the Federal Register. However, when
George Bush Jr came into office, all this was put on “indefinite” hold. Just
weeks after his inauguration, a Listeria outbreak sickened forty-six people,
causing three miscarriages and killing seven. Before Bush left office, over 100
Americans had died from Listeria.
illnesses are the norm now. Under the Bush Administration, we had the tomato
scare (turned out to be jalapeno peppers) that left 1,294 people sick; the
e-coli tainted spinach, and the salmonella-tainted peanut butter (that the
manufacturer knew was tainted).
administration even went so far as to end funding the monitoring of all data
needed by scientists to create policy concerning public health.
The CDC estimates
that today, foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325000
hospitalizations, and 5000 deaths in the United States each year.
Joe’s on his own
now. There are no laws requiring meat recalls if a batch is found to be tainted.
It’s all voluntary and up to the discretion (or caprice) of the meat packing
Now Joe, do you
know where your food comes from? You see, your government subsidizes a lot of
farming, but mostly huge factory farms. Family owned farms and smaller organic
farms don’t get much from the government if anything at all. These smaller farms
raise their livestock humanely and work the fields using sustainable farming
Odds are, Joe,
your food comes from a factory farm, where chickens are raised without ever
going outside, in just enough space to poop and lay an egg. Pigs are raised in
unsanitary conditions and are horribly abused. The feed, chemicals, and drugs
pumped into factory farmed animals are cheap substitutes for sunshine and
exercise. The grains they are fed are raised on huge farms spread over miles and
miles, using farming practices that will eventually turn that land to desert.
Then where will you get your food, Joe?
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
In fact, Joe knows
more about what’s going on his body, than what goes in his body. Pressure and
money from the food industry have influenced laws concerning the labeling of
Joe’s food. One perfect example is that the nutrition section of the label can
tell you there are no trans fats inside, but looking closely at the list of
ingredients you can find trans fats.
If one ingredient
is actually a product made by another company, the label need only mention that
ingredient without telling you what went into making that ingredient.
And if you’re
looking for MSG you’ll need a thesaurus to find out all the different names for
MSG these days, such as Sodium Caseinate, Glutamic Acid,
Textured Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable
Protein (HVP), and even Vegetable Protein Extract.
But those crazy
liberals are at it again demanding that labels inform the consumer of possible
allergens and foods consumers might be sensitive to. Specific foods that cause
problems for many consumers like soy, gluten, peanuts and milk now must be
posted in large print on the package. There those liberals go again, trying to
keep your family out of the hospital.
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.
Again, the last
administration, that conservative one, kicked the crap out of clean air
regulations, quit funding organizations that monitor air (and water) quality,
and gave it all the wonderful name: Clear Skies Initiative.
From George W. Bush's first day in office he worked against the
Clean Air Act and the New Source Review by weakening the requirements and
exempting thousands of industrial sources and coal fired power plants from this
law that are certain to lead to dirtier air. President Bush is the first
president in three decades to weaken these federal environmental laws and side
with big business. He has taken the control from the states and placed it into
his hands allowing for prior violators to use unmonitored discretion of when to
apply the law. He has continually been critical of the New Source Review and
worked hard to undermine the progress they have made with regard to cleaner air
since the laws inception. (http://dc.indymedia.org)
He walks on the
government-provided sidewalk to 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.
Yes, you guessed
it. Federal funding for public transportation under the last conservative
administration was slashed. [www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/report04/sprawl04.pdf]
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. Joe's employer pays these standards because
Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union.
Joe’s job sucks.
He’s lucky to have it, since tax breaks were given out to companies that moved
jobs off the shores of this country.
Reagan came into office and cut the taxes on the wealthiest below the fifty
percent mark, wages have stagnated. Joe’s pension is now gone. He has to work
two jobs just to make ends meet, and when his wife came down with breast cancer,
her insurance was cancelled because she hadn’t informed the insurance company
that she’d been treated for acne while in high school.
Joe would like to
form a union, but the laws protecting his right to join or form a union have
been abandoned, and if he tries, he’ll be fired.
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.
Thank God the
conservatives haven’t been able to remove this blight on society.
It is noontime
and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is
federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect
Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the
All those laws and
regulations put into effect to keep the banks from ever failing again and avoid
all that terrible depression stuff have been (since Ronald Reagan’s presidency)
slowly whittled away, bit by bit, piece by piece, until once again America’s
Joe had better
deposit some money, because he now owes $6,500.00 to help bail out the industry
that got wealthy while the rest of America went broke.
Joe has to pay
his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan
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 also forgets
that his in addition to his federally subsidized student loans, he attended a
state funded university.
Joe will probably
die before his student loans are paid off. His father went to school back in the
day when a college education was affordable. Joe’s an indentured servant now.
Because he needs to make his payments promptly, he can’t complain about his job,
can’t take off time to look for a new one, and tries desperately not to make
who taxed wealth upwards of 90%, our colleges were well funded, and enrollment
climbed higher and higher each year. Today, the only thing climbing higher and
higher are enrollment costs and tuition.
funding to colleges and universities has dropped, special interest funding has
increased. Drug companies are the largest source of funding to our medical
schools, which in turn grants them the right to influence curriculum and text
books. You can bet your newly graduated doctor knows all about the
pharmaceuticals that truly matter, but is clueless as to the nutrition needed
for proper health. His/her education cost your doctor dearly, and if while
sitting in your doctor’s waiting room the thought should hit you: Do I really
need this procedure, or does my doctor need to pay his college loans? well,
you’re not alone. In the fifties, the procedure that helped pay off your
doctor’s educational loans was the tonsillectomy.
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 to go along
with the tax-payer funded roads.
God bless you,
He arrives at
his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by
Farmers' Home Administration 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.
He is happy to
see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a
union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he
could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to.
Bush didn’t have a
majority in congress his entire time in office, but he sure got what he wanted
majority or not. The only thing he didn’t get was his wish to privatize Social
Security. It’s a system that works, and people on it know it works. Social
Security, when Roosevelt proposed it, had been called “a slippery slope that
will lead to a communist takeover of America.” Medicare was also vilified in
this same manner. But now that both Social Security and Medicare are available
to Joe’s parents, they’re ready to kill to keep them.
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. He doesn't mention that
the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe
enjoys throughout his day. 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."
The myth of the
self-made man: What hogwash. Every person stands on the shoulders of someone
standing on the shoulders of someone standing on the shoulders ….
We live in a “we”
society, not a “me” society. No one can accomplish anything in society without
the protection and services of that society. You cannot maintain wealth or own
property without the protection of that society. The more you have made and
accumulated because of the society you live in, the more you owe back. It’s that
simple. But sadly, to a lot of misinformed Joe’s, we don’t need the great
society that has protected our interests for over 200 years; we need less of it.
Joe’s learning to say no to things he needs and wants because Joe has been
brainwashed by the people who have enough money and power to do it.
Way to go, Joe.
Good luck in the next 200 years. You’ll need it.