I wish I just didn’t have any common sense, access to information and the need to correct people when they repeat really stupid shit, like the lady who told me last night that “senator’s children don’t have to repay their college loans.”
“Uh, that’s bullshit,” I said, trying to be polite.
“A very good friend told me this,” she said.
“And where’d he get it from – Fox News?” I said. “Look, this is what I do for a living. If this were true, I’d know about it.” I whipped out my phone and did a Google search. The only thing I could find was on some wacky wingnut site, whose author said he “heard it on Fox news.”
“And frankly,” I said, “Senator’s kids don’t need loans, since most of them are millionaires.”
Then someone else started talking about that 60 Minutes show about how the poor corporations take everything overseas because the taxes are so high here. “If they lowered the taxes, maybe we could get some jobs back,” she said with naked longing. (Several of the people there were still looking for work.)
I told her that the CEO from Cisco was, well, lying. “The real tax rate for Cisco is 10% after all their deductions,” I said. “What they really want is the ability to bring all that overseas money back here without paying any taxes on it, and they’re saying they can create jobs if they get the exemption.
“But the last time they tried this in 2004, they got the exemption and they didn’t create one single job.”
They just looked at me.
I spend more time trying to put out these little fires, and you know, I don’t think anyone ever believes me.