So I'm driving home from dinner at my sister's house tonight. My sister is the good one. There's my brother, me, and the good one. She's the kind of person who bakes brownies for the guy that mows the ball field next to her house, as well as her dog's vet.(No. She doesn't mow her dogs vet. She makes brownies for her dog's vet.) She'll take anyone anywhere, no matter what time. All of the animals in the neighborhood love her more than they love the people they live with. The people they live with love her more than anyone else in the neighborhood. She seems to know when I have no food. I come home to macaroni salad and ham in the fridge. She gives of her time which is ultimately more of a gift than the writing of a check. Me? Jim? Not so much. We nap in our spare time. It's not that people don't like us. They do. At least some of them. But not like they like Linda. She plans parties for the family. She knows ALL the cousins, the cousin's kids, and THEIR kids. She knows all of their birthdays. She probably even knows everyones' favorite color. Anyway. Her dear friend Stephen just moved in to her spare room while he looks for a place. He was an interior designer in Miami. He's adorable. She made him a huge dinner plus his favorite cake. She's going to love having him around. I wish I had my own gay boy. I want to cuddle with a guy that absolutely does NOT want to have sex with me while we watch trash TV for hours. I want someone to help me clean. I want to lip-sync Rufus Wainwright singing Judy Garland songs with a pretty boy who has kind eyes who WILL tell me if my jeans make me look fat or my eye make-up is badly applied.
But that's not what I'm here to talk about.
I'm here to tell you what an asshole Donald Trump is. I heard him interviewed on the "socialistic" National Public Radio station for which the republicans are pulling federal tax support even though FOX , Clear Channel ,NBC, CBS, and ABC benefit from corporate welfare. We gotta keep those monopolies in power folks! Cookie cutter news, cookie cutter music. So I'm listening to the Donald talking, but not running [wink wink] for president. He actually said, "I'll make sure China and India and those other countries won't take jobs away from the U.S. anymore." Really Donald? Really? Do you suppose all of those impoverished workers who make an average of a buck an hour (high estimate) somehow figured out how to STEAL jobs from the U.S.?? You fucking idiot. CORPORATIONS in this country figured out a way to have their goods and services supplied by other countries so they can get away with paying workers a hundreth of the money they'd have to pay workers in the United States. Plus, they don't have to provide them with any benefits at all. They don't have to worry about regulations either, whether they be for safety or the environment. This way, they can pocket even more profit and also pass more along to their shareholders, who in turn invest back into the corporations! Hire U.S. workers, you get 2 mansions and 5 vacations Hire Foreign workers, you get 6 mansions (one in Manhatten), 5 vacations, and a yacht. Easy math. It's not those horrible Mexicans, Viet Namese,Sri lankans, or East Indians...it's us. Well...not you and me, but the 2% that own the country. So the next time someone sends you one of those ignorant emails that joke about people from India taking your tech calls, or Mexicans taking your jobs, just remember who REALLY sold your ass out. If I was starving in another country and some Boss Hogg offered me a buck an hour to work 13 hours a day, I'd probably take it too. So not only do WE get screwed, but those workers get screwed. That's a lot of lubricant my friends and it still hurts. Plus, there's no candlelight dinner and soft music to go along with it. Focus your frustration on the people that deserve it. The best and the brightest.