Setting: a bar in Poland. On a date with a girl I’d met earlier in the day.
The situation: she didn’t like my questions that I usually ask on a first date – namely about sex, love, and rock ‘n roll.
She said it was too personal.
But she wanted to talk about Donald J. Trump, instead. I typically try to steer clear of political topics on dates for multiple reasons, but this girl was as dull as a doorknob, so I took a stab at it.
Well, I told her how much I liked and respected Trump, and gave my reasons why.
Her rebuttal was, “But he’s so bad to women and he’s so MEAN!!!”
Of course, she likes Bernie Sanders.
Oh, before I forget – this girl is 26 and has never worked a day in her life. That’s the power of the European college system – it’s free. I don’t know the ins and outs of it (if you do, please share below), but from what I gather, any and all school is basically free for anyone as long as they have a way to foot their other costs of living bills. Which her parents do for her.
This carousel of degrees doesn’t just apply for a basic Bachelor’s program either, you can have a free Master’s degree and more, all on the house.
(Apparently they don’t teach Supply and Demand concepts in any of these classes.)
So, naturally she was a Bernie supporter. Bernie, who basically wants to give away the entire farm for free.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I like aspects of the European economic setup. It’s nice that their citizens actually get some benefits from paying taxes (decent public transit in most cases, college, medical, etc.). Back when I had a “real job”, I paid some 35% of my paycheck to taxes, but didn’t get…well, anything out of it. Sure, I got to use the roads, but that was about it. And in Los Angeles, those roads were worthless. Two hours to go twenty miles worthless.
I didn’t have public transit. I didn’t get free college (though I know some people who did). My medical insurance was paid separately. And unless I can forge 40 years to my identity, Social Security will probably be gone by the time I get to a point where I can collect it.
But yeah, feel the Bern.
That date ended about fifteen minutes later.