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One of my patients today mentioned how excited she was that Joe Biden was going to be our next president. That caught my ear, as you might imagine. Most of my Democrat friends are understandably thrilled that Trump seems to be leaving the White House. But she is the first to express actual enthusiasm for Joe Biden. I asked her what she hoped Mr. Biden would do with his time in office.
She immediately responded, “He’s forgiving student loans! That’s just a brilliant economic move! I mean, these people are trying to improve themselves. And once they get their diploma, they can earn more money, so they pay more taxes! It’s a win-win! How on earth can Republicans so short-sighted?” I nodded sagely, thinking to myself, ‘Don’t respond to this. Get back to medicine. Do not respond, you moron. Shut up and do your job. Don’t respond…’ So naturally, I responded:
“That’s a brilliant point! And I completely agree. For example, I wasn’t making any money in my previous practice, so I bought this one. It cost a lot of money to buy it, of course, and I didn’t have that kind of cash. So I took out a business loan. Now I’m making more money, and I’m paying a lot more taxes.”
She just stared at me, at tilted her head a bit, signaling that she didn’t understand my point. So I continued:
“So I presume Mr. Biden will be forgiving business loans, just like he is student loans. I mean, we’re trying to improve ourselves, we’re earning more money, and then we’re paying more taxes. It’s a win-win! Obviously, he should forgive business loans, as well. If he can get it past the darn Republicans, at least. You’re right. Republicans are so short-sighted. They just don’t understand basic economics.”
She sat there for a second, and said, “Um, I don’t know about business loans…”
I plaintively asked, “Why not?”
She looked sort of uncertain, and then stammered, “Um…would that even be Constitutional?…”
Realizing that I had an opportunity to get out sort of unscathed, I responded, “Ah. Good point. I know a lot about medicine, but I don’t know as much about our Constitution as you do. I don’t really follow this stuff. Now, about your carotid disease…”
I wonder if she wondered about that.
I was amazed by our pleasant, although surreal, conversation for a few reasons. First, she’s the first person I’ve heard sound excited about Joe Biden. Second, it sounded strange to hear a Democrat attempting to explain the benefits of their preferred policies using reason and logic. It sounded sort of odd. Not their style. For good reason.
Third, I wonder if she went home and wondered why having taxpayers pay off other people’s student loans is Constitutional, but having taxpayers pay off other people’s business loans is not Constitutional? That’s a head-scratcher.
And if she wondered about that, where does she stop? That type of logical thinking could lead her down a dangerous road. It might even lead her to read the Constitution, just out of curiosity. Which then might lead her to wonder how much government spending actually is Constitutional. A third, maybe? Gosh, perhaps a quarter? How many Democrat policies are actually Constitutional? Lordy…
Scary stuff for a leftist. She’s nearly 75 years old. She’s managed to avoid curiosity and independent thought for this long. I wonder how many close calls she’s had. Surely this was not her first.
I’m sure she’ll be fine. Just another close call.
But when I have a conversation with someone in which I think they might have a point, that can lead me to days and weeks of reading a wider and wider range of sources. Partially to see if I was right, or if they were. And partially just out of curiosity. “Gosh. I hadn’t thought of it that way before. Maybe I should check this out a bit. Am I missing something here?”
Leftists appear to be remarkably resistant to such impulses. While conservatives struggle to control their curiosity and desire to understand things.
And leftists consider conservatives to be closed-minded.
I wonder if she wonders about that?
Nah, probably not. She’ll be fine.Published in