Last week I went to the grocery store in Gainesville, VA. On my way out, I noticed a woman had a little table set up and was collecting signatures for something.
Against my better judgement, I walked over.
She represented the Green Party. She was collecting signatures to “End Government Subsidies to Oil Companies and Use the Money for Rail.”
The conversation went something like this:
She started, “Hi, I am collecting signatures to stop subsidies to oil companies and bring in light rail to help the environment.”
I asked, “Which subsidies to oil companies?”
“The government gives billions of dollars to the greedy oil companies. We could use that money to build trains, which would help the environment and clear the traffic congestion.”
“Wait, the government is GIVING billions of dollars to the oil companies?”
“Yes! Oil subsidies cost us billions of dollars, you can look it up.”
“But in 2011, Exxon Mobile paid $10 Billion in taxes, just in the US.” (I know this because I have written about it. You can find that info here.)
“Government subsidies to oil companies are a burden on the budget and ruining the environment.”
“What exactly do you consider a subsidy? You mean the government is giving tax dollars to oil companies?”
“Yes. The government is spending billions on oil company subsidies.”
“I think you’re confused about what you’re calling a ‘subsidy.’”
“I’m not confused at all. We need to take that money and use it for trains. Solar trains.”
“Yes! Solar trains would really help us. And with the money taken back from the oil subsidies, we can pay for it.”
I couldn’t take it anymore…
“First, when a company gets to keep more of what it rightly earns, it is not a government expenditure. What you are calling a ‘subsidy’ is the oil companies keeping their own money. Second, we already have government FUNDED trains, the company is called Amtrak, and the government has been giving around a billion dollars a year in hard dollars just to keep it afloat. Third, you want to power your trains with solar? We’ve pumped money – direct actual tax dollars – into Solyndra, Abound Solar, Amonix, and countless other green energy companies only to have them fail.”
I continued, “There is no way I’m signing your petition and I think you are sadly misguided.”
She actually put her head in her hands shaking her head. Then she looked up and snapped, “Well I’m not going to convince you and I’m going to have to start charging you rent if you don’t move along now.”
I grinned, turned, and left.
What a nutbag.
Anyway, this got me thinking…liberals and marxists have different definitions for words than you and I do.
Here Are The Top 10 Liberal Word Definitions:
Subsidies – when businesses keep more of what they rightfully earn.
Cost – When government confiscates fewer tax dollars, it is an expenditure.
Spending Cut – When an expenditure increases, but increases less than what was budgeted.
Humane Immigration – Open borders.
Pro Choice – Killing babies.
Social Justice – Marxist redistribution of wealth.
Fascist – somebody who believes in limited government.
Women’s Health – killing babies.
Homophobe – anyone who opposes gay marriage.
Green – government control.
Racist – conservatives; Republicans; anyone who opposes affirmative action, tax increases, school bussing, income redistribution, expanding welfare, government regulation, and any form of government control.