December 15, 2004


When I sat down at our office Christmas lunch, I immediately remembered that I don't like any of the people I work with. I ate with a bunch of looters. Two hours of conspiracy theories and "health care is a right" and all sorts of socialist nonsense from people who have chosen to remain in Germany as squatters, mooching off the Army. The table conversation would've been funny, I suppose, if it didn't make me want to throw up. One woman was complaining about health care in the US and about how much better it is in Germany. She said that German doctors weren't motivated by money like American doctors and that they earn the same salary as schoolteachers. "Then what's the incentive to become a doctor?" I asked. She got all flustered and condescending. "But that's thinking like an American! You can't think like that!" "But I am an American," I responded. "I'm an American to the bone." "But life isn't about money!" she whined. So here's where the fun began. "OK," I said, "then since we all work equally hard in our education center to help soldiers, why don't we pool our money and all get paid the same salary?" "Oh, but that's different because we work under the American system..." she trailed off. Different, really, how? Oh, because she makes $61,000 a year and I make $12,000. It's her pocketbook now, so it's different. "Germans aren't motivated by greed like everyone is in the US," she continued. Her mental gymnastics were simply stunning: this is the woman who gets an outrageous housing allowance from the American government, illegally rents part of her house out, and uses the profit to buy up property in Germany and re-sell it. I suppose she does all of that out of the goodness of her heart and not for profit or anything.


On the way home, I tried to convince myself that I had just had a lovely lunch with Bunker, Deskmerc, Amritas, Fad, and CavX.

A girl can dream, right?

Posted by Sarah at December 15, 2004 02:31 PM

We can have lunch together any time. The trick is to be within a reasonable distance from each other. Halfway across the planet doesn't cut it. Oh well, I will be in a closer time zone very soon ...

Posted by: Amritas at December 15, 2004 03:30 PM

You're tongue must have scars from biting it all the time around those people.

Posted by: Cerberus at December 15, 2004 03:38 PM

I was wondering why I woke up feeling full this morning.

Posted by: fad at December 15, 2004 04:30 PM

I had the same sense as fad!

Posted by: Mike at December 15, 2004 06:24 PM

See what Ayn Rand will do to you. Welcome to the Club.

Posted by: sTEVE at December 15, 2004 07:43 PM

Sure, I was there. I remember it like it was yesterday. Actually, it WAS yesterday... right?

Posted by: CavalierX at December 16, 2004 03:02 AM

Fear not,'re not alone.

Posted by: david at December 16, 2004 01:57 PM

Liberals need to be slapped with an economics text book.

Posted by: Mark at December 17, 2004 02:45 AM