"Why do you want the Rich to become more Rich?
Went to a fairly large T-day gathering yesterday, met a dude who was the grandpa of some kids there. I had decided prior to going to the dinner that I would not get involved in any political discussions because, well you know.
A couple brews later he was talking about taxes and how the city of Portland (OR) property taxes were eating him up and he was going to sell his house.
Out it came from my mouth like an uncontrollable burp, "Trump and the republican's tax plan will make it worse".
Big Al, come on man.
Come to find out my new friend is an ardent Trump supporter who reads Breitbart, Infowars and shit like that.
"No, not at all, Trump's tax plan is going to help the middle and lower classes most".
Oh god. What did I do?
I proceeded, doubling down, "no, not from what I've read. It's a tax plan for the rich, by the rich, and what crumbs they throw our way will be far exceeded by the billions and trillions handed out to the rich".
He came back, it was on. "Not from what I've read". And this, "Trump has done more for this country in less than a year than Obama did in his eight full years". That's when I learned he read right wing conservative blogs and internet sites, hated Obama and liberals, and that he really was a true blue Trump supporter, right there on the couch across from me.
I caught myself, "I guess it depends on what you read. Well, we'll have to disagree on that, we'll all see what they come up with soon. It's probably best we not discuss this", as I got up from the other couch, turned my back and walked right out of the room.
Three things I got from that.
One, I need to do a little more study on this tax plan they've working on and memorize key bullet points for my arguments (or lesson plans). I wasn't able to recite them quickly enough which contributed to my ending the convo like I did (not that continuing it was a wise idea).
Two, many Trump supporters are like Obama supporters, they simply are not going to budge an inch no matter what the facts are.
And three, this is a tribal thing. The office of the presidency, like the duopoly itself, is the great divider in this country. Loyalty to the authoritarians is unequivocal for too many
people lemmings. There ain't no turning that.
Maybe next year I'll rent a couple nights at a lodge somewhere and sit it out. Order a nice turkey dinner from room service.
Abolish the Presidency!