On Sunday I hopped on the scoot and rode to Oklahoma City for 4 days of training. It’s been about 3 years since I was last here. Not much has changed. The city is still sprawling at the edges and crumbling in the middle. One thing I always notice in the part of town I hang out in here – the crumbly part with the good disc golf courses and great taquerias – is the number of damaged cars on the roads. No one here repairs their vehicles when they have a wreck. This must be the land of shitty insurance with high deductibles.
Every class I attend here has at least a few hard core right-wingers, and this one is no exception. Today I got to listen to a wingnut explain what he called the “Biden Plan.” When I got back to my hotel this afternoon, I googled that phrase and all I came up with was articles about Joe Biden’s opinion on partitioning Iraq. But that’s not the Biden Plan I heard about.
According to my classmate, when Michelle’s husband and Joe Biden came into office, the national debt was 8 trillion dollars. Michelle’s husband assigned Joe Biden the task of coming up with a fix for that debt. Joe Biden looked around and discovered that Americans are holding 17 trillion dollars in 401K plans, so the administration promptly set out to run the national debt up to that 17 trillion dollar figure to create a national debt crisis, whereupon they will take control of all those 401K plans, use that money to pay off the national debt, and then place everyone on a small, fixed government pension.
“That’s the plan” he said several times. “It’ll be like social security all over again.” I’m not exactly sure what he meant by that last part and I didn’t want to ask. He dropped this steaming turd of a conspiracy theory on a room with 9 other people in it. Of those 9 people, three were actively engaged in conversation with him, eating it up and enjoying their manufactured outrage, as wingnuts are wont to do.
The other 6 people never said a word. Some of them may have actually been ignoring the conversation, like I was pretending to do, but I doubt it. As part of my personal growth plan, I’ve been trying to avoid introducing myself to people and then calling them a stupid fuck with my next breath, but it’s tough sometimes. I managed to keep my teeth together, but I so wanted to ask him a few questions.
I could have asked him where he got his numbers, but I know he wouldn’t have been able to give me a straight answer. I’d bet money they were pulled right out of Rush Limbaugh’s moldy ass. But what I’d really like to ask him is why. Why would any preznit even consider doing something like that? Setting aside the fact it would destroy the country and start a revolution if he were able to pull it off, which he couldn’t, he would also be impeached and removed from office in about 20 minutes.
More importantly, I would ask him why people make up this crazy, ludicrous bullshit about this preznit? What is their motivation in filling the heads of nitwits like him full of fear and hatred? It’s a puzzle, innit?