Sunday, July 17, 2011
One thing Bob doesn't comprehend though is why he needs to pay higher taxes so people who don't have life as good as him can have insurance for their families. He boasts to his friends " I worked hard, and got a good job, is it my fault these people don't have insurance? They didn't work hard and don't have good jobs, that's not my fault".
One afternoon he is talking with his coworkers about this at the Corner Deli, the girl behind the counter over hears his gripes about insurance and says to him "I beg to differ, I work 50 hours a week, on my feet all day. Cutting meat, making salads, unloading trucks and the owner of this deli doesn't offer insurance, I work just as hard as you do sir, but I got pregnant at 16 and had to drop out of high school, this is the best job I can get, so yes, I need insurance that is provided by the taxpayers". Bob replies " well, it is not my fault or anyone else's fault that your life is messed up, you should have put the kid up for adoption and gone to college and gotten a better job". The woman now very upset says, "we can't ALL have good jobs, sir, and a hex on you for your attitude".
By the next morning Bob had forgotten all about the ordeal, he headed out in the morning and stopped at his favorite coffee spot, but something was wrong. There were no employees. On the counter was now a coffee machine, coffee and mugs, with a sign next to it that read 'make your coffee, clean your cup and move on'. Bob was puzzled, where were the workers? He backed out of the cafe and took his train to the city. When he got off the train he noticed hundreds of cabs lined up with nobody in the driver seats, when he walked up to a cab there were keys on the seat and a note 'drive yourself to work'. Bob checked his watch, he was running late and the world was going crazy. He walked the 10 blocks to work and when he arrived he noticed that the floors hadn't been mopped and the trash wasn't taken out. He ran into the bathroom in a cold sweat and found his boss, the CEO, scrubbing the toilets. "What in the name of God are you doing!?" exclaimed Bob, the puzzled boss looked and him and said "well, there are no more jobs that don't offer insurance, so we must do all the work ourselves from now on.". Bob ran from the building looking around, everywhere he looked people were doing menial jobs. People in business suits unloading trucks, washing toilets at McDonalds, and the deli? Quickly, Bob ran to the deli and found the woman who had hexed him yesterday. "What's going on? what have you done?" "Well, you see Bob, everyone has to do things for themselves now, any job that doesn't offer insurance or where it costs too much for the employee to afford has been eliminated. See, there are jobs that do offer insurance, but they charge the employee so much for it, that they need state assistance, but that is gone now and now everyone goes to college and gets good jobs like you, the only problem is now there is no one to do the little things that make your day easier".
Bob runs from the deli screaming, and a man in a business suit driving a taxi hits and kills him.
Bob wakes up in a sweat, gets dressed and goes right to the corner deli. He walks up to the lady who is checking inventory coming off of a truck and says "I'm an proud American and I'm proud to be able to help another American like you, thank you for what you do."