Fresh Meat, Fresh Eyes

It’s all in how you ask the question. If you lay it out in the simplest of terms, using unbiased wording, the numbers are real, not slanted. And if you do a simple search for your representatives’ net worth, the picture gets even clearer.

If I don’t have to, I won’t ever again vote for someone who doesn’t know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck and have no savings. I need fresh eyes on the situation. It’s why I’m digging the wave of progressives who are real people. They are people I can relate to and who can relate to me. They just plain TOTALLY GET IT. And then fearlessly they hold that mirror up to those who want us to believe they are superior and bring them to, well, reality. Or show them how dangerously ridiculous they are to us down here. And the best part is that it’s sometimes very entertaining.

Case in point. take Rep. Katie Porter. She took questioning Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan, down to the very bottom of his own organization chain when she questioned him. Watch her show us how little they think of the rest of us:

Two things are blaringly clear. Jamie Dimon said he’d “have a conversaton” and see if they could help. Now for you and me, that conversation would be “you need a raise.” But in his mind, the conversation would be all about taking out a loan. The other thing that is right out there is that the thought of paying people more is beyond his understanding. Or just repugnant to him. Or just evil.  I see all those things on his face. Microexpressions are wonderful thought detectors.

Before you go jumping on me in that way trolls do: I understand that Katie Porter is a law professor. She’s not quite in her lean years. Katie Porter has a view from the middle class, as a single mother. And she does her research. How many other politicians are going on Monster.com to make their point about living wages? And by some extension the reality of income inquality.

Now take AOC. She was a bartender 18 months ago. She has been criticized and ridiculed for this. And yet, there she is. Representing a district of hurting people who were tired of the status quo. That shows you that people want real people representing them. I think the fact that every day struggles are fresh in her mind makes her a MORE effective champion. Not the others sitting in the chamber around her who have been there for 20-30 years or more and have forgotten their lean years and have been absorbed by the corporate lobbists. You know, the ones who could work summers and graduate from college debt free. {This is me, shouting at you Nancy Pelosi} It doesn’t get any fresher than this:

Clean your perspective lens and think about who you would rather have representing you. Someone who worries about paying for their kid’s insulin or someone who has no problem paying for a heart transplant out of pocket?

I am in a continuing education program at the University of Used Books Stores. Killing two birds with one stone: learning stuff and supporting small business. Sounds like a win to me.