This little nugget came out when he said he was sorry he voted for Obama. I told him I’m not sorry about it, that it was an easy choice. I could either chose a nearly senile old man, or someone who at least made noises about changing things.
Then we got on the subject of health care. Dear old dad was parroting the Fox talking points, that the country is sliding towards socialism, or that most of the people who’ll chose the public option are illegal immigrants, or people under 30, or the like. In essence, if you’ve followed the debacle on the web about Fox News you know exactly where he’s getting his information.
I explained that we already had a form of socialism, else we’d not have the police, fire, roads, schools, Medicaid, Medicare, VA, et al. So I asked him what he thought about the fact that Medicare has a 3% administrative cost wherease most insurance companies run at 22%. Or how about the VA, who pays for that? Of course he knew these were all taxpayer funded programs.
Then we got on the subject of entitlement. If there is any generation that suffers self entitlement more than the current one, it’s the one two prior to them, my fathers generation. They see those programs like the VA as a right.
I had to ding my father on that one. The conversation got eerily quieter after that. But I also told him, turn away from Fox News. Watch anything else but Fox News for a few weeks and then come back and talk to me.