A Sober Countenance

August 25, 2010 at 9:46 AM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

As the Deficit Commission decides where and how to cut…Social Security is clearly on the table.

It’s head Alan Simpson clearly seems to think that those opposed to cuts are blind to the problems with the system.  He doesn’t believe that those opposed to cuts have any solutions (They do, but they involve doing things he doesn’t like, like payroll taxing more people, and that isn’t quite the point of my morning screed today)

Well, they’re going to slice and dice the economic lifeline of seniors and persons with disabilities eventually.  It’s going to happen.  As they’re deliberating…this is what I *demand* -yes, that’s right, -demand- of my congresspeople whether I voted ’em in or not.

At least act.  Put on a damn show.  Look, and sound, like you regret doing this.  Couch it in terms of saving the system as a whole.

And since openly admitting you’re in favor of  moving retirement money to Wall Street is, shall we say, less than wise in this economic climate…you cannot do what you really want to do, which is praise corporate gambling with the money of the marginalized…well then, you have to have a profound regret-face and say, “Gee, I’m terribly broken up about this, but the $$$ has to come from somewhere….”

You don’t even really have to be broken up about it at all.  See,  that’s what I learned when I was able to hold down a job. If you’re in customer service, *part of the job description,* is working hard for every customer, giving sincerity to those who you understand and giving a constant cheerful earnest performance with customers who are less than polite… laying on the serious acting in order to solve the problem and diffuse a potentially adversarial relationship…   You can’t just solve it.  You have not done your job unless the customer truly believes, whether from your  sincerity or well crafted artifice that you genuinely want to help them, or at the very least empathize with them when delivering bad news, or the fact that their options are limited.

As to the matter at hand,  privately in your own head, you can think descriptions  like this = Social Security without getting much blowback, because we aren’t mindreaders in this country yet…

It’s like a milk cow with 310 million tits!

What you shouldn’t really do though is commit these thoughts to an email you send to someone who disagrees with you…It might get out.


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