Sunday, March 3, 2019

Overheard at Booth 3: Husband and Wife at Lunch After Church

Wife: I can kind of see the Republicans' point of view.  I know you don't agree.

Husband: Why would I disagree that you can kind of see the Republicans' point of view?

Wife: You know what I mean.  You don't agree with them.  But they have a point when it comes to immigrants using the welfare system for free money.   Like my cousin.  She just went to the ER and said that she got all these tests done for free, and she said she filed her taxes for last year even though she only came her in October and doesn't work because she says she's sick, but still got $1200 back because she has kids.  It's stories like that that make Republicans so upset.

Husband: No one ever said that there were no abuses of the system.  What's sad is seeing a National Geographic article last Saturday about a Salvadoran woman here for 30 years on TPS and her daughter and grandchildren may have to go back with her if the TPS is removed, and 1800 comments to the story, literally HALF of them say things like "leaches"  "cockroaches" "Freeloaders" and "What was it about TEMPORARY you don't understand."

Wife: You're comparing apples to oranges.

Husband: They are both fruits.  What I'm saying is that the hateful rhetoric makes those who can vote, vote for representatives who do nothing to help the situation.

Wife: What would help the situation is if no one abused the system.

Husband: And that would include immigrants and citizens as well.  If no one abused the system, we probably wouldn't be having this conversation.

Wife: Well, all I know is that my cousin needs to learn English and stop telling me that she goes to ER for free

Husband: Feel free to tell her that it's NOT free, that you and I paid for it.   That would be a good start.

Wife: I'm texting her that right now.

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