|A Pol Only A "True Believer" Could Love|
"I am voting for Waxman," he snapped at me after I introduced myself, the district, and the challenger.
"May I ask why you are voting for Mr. Waxman? I have not intention of changing your opinion, I just want to understand your point of view."
"No!" He huffed at me, then returned to reading his newspaper.
The older gentleman whom I had spoken to earlier was more congenial, even if he remained a staunch liberal in the face of my argument for ending the 38-year tenure of the LA-area Congressman.
"I love Waxman!" He responded, smiling at me. "He's tough! A lot of people don't like him, but he's just great!"
"Why do you like Mr. Waxman?" I continued, as he was inclined to talk to me without being threatening or rude.
"Well, it's hard to explain. . ." he responded.
This refrain has been a constant with self-avowed Leftists and liberals. They find themselves at a lost for word when trying to explain their support for Waxman. Still, the man persisted.
"I have free health care because of that man! I love the guy!" He then mentioned Socialist-Independent Bernie Sanders. "I would vote for that guy.
I shared some facts and figures with the man. He was really impressed. "Wow, you really know your stuff!" Then he agreed to take a look at what I had shared with him. "The choice is still up to me, you know. You cannot make me vote one way or the other. But I'll take a look. . ."
A victory, in my opinion. Getting a conversation started is much better than leaving two people with different points of view stuck in their own set ways and means.
A few days later, I had the interesting fortune to run into a resident of Santa Monica in Lomita. When I started talking to him about Waxman, he responded:
"Oh, I'm voting for Waxman!"
The obligatory "Why?" followed, to which he responded:
"He gets things done! Someone had a problem with his social security, and Waxman took care of it.
When I told him that Waxman declared in open committee that this nation is "not broke, the Santa Monica resident responded:
"So? What do you want to do about it?"
When I explained Independent Bill Bloomfield's fiscal policies for restoring this country back to balanced budgets without the partisan gridlock, he answer:
"What makes you think that that is going to make any difference?"
The deficits and debt are unsustainable, I explained.
"Then raise taxes", he answered.
I then told him that raising taxes 100% on those making $250,000 or more would add but a dint to debt reduction. Unpersuaded, the Santa Monica resident went back to eating his lunch.
The exchange was a healthy one, at least, although he refused to give me any reason beyond the witness of one voter. I wonder how the Santa Monica resident would have responded had he read today's post that Social Security recipients are now destined to receive less than they put in (http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2012/aug/06/reality-check/)