This is a guest article by Author James Ross. I posed the question to him ‘What do you think the denizens of your Prairie Winds Golf Course might have to say about these new political movements, The Tea Party and this Occupy Wall Street deal’? It did not take long for this to arrive in my email. As they say… Fresh from the Back Booth At Prairie Winds…
The guys were gathering in the clubhouse while the TV mounted in the corner provided background noise. The doughnuts were being consumed and the belt buckles loosened. Julie performed double duties as the cashier collecting money for tee times and the waitress for those wanting coffee.
â€œI donâ€™t get it,â€ Fred boomed from the back booth. â€œWhatâ€™s going on in the world nowadays?â€
â€œWhat are you talking about?â€ Pork Chop asked.
â€œI thought the Tea Party movement was the hot item on the political landscape.â€
â€œIt is,â€ Captain Jer answered. â€œWe need activists out there to change the way things are.â€
â€œThen what is this Occupy Wall Street movement that Iâ€™m watching on the news?â€ The behemoth shook his head and brushed his hand over his red-headed flat top.
â€œOh that,â€ the retired pilot said. â€œIâ€™m not so sure that theyâ€™ve identified their gripes but theyâ€™re gaining attention because theyâ€™re in New York City.â€
â€œWhat do they stand for?â€
â€œIâ€™m not real clear but I think that theyâ€™re ticked about social and economic inequality,â€ Captain Jer said. He turned to Julie, raised his hand and snapped his fingers. That was his sign for her to bring over an ice cold can of beer. He smiled and whispered to the guys, â€œPeople have to know the pecking order.â€
â€œItâ€™s barely after seven in the morning, Jer.â€ Her love-hate relationship with her favorite customer continued.
â€œI donâ€™t need a lecture. The time makes no difference. Iâ€™m thirsty.â€
â€œWhatâ€™s wrong with that?â€ Pork Chop asked.
â€œWith what? Being thirsty?â€
â€œNo. Social and economic inequality. I was brought up under the impression that was capitalism.â€
â€œI guess these Occupy Wall Street people think that the corporations are taking too much and they want them to give money back to the people,â€ Captain Jer explained.
â€œFat chance of that. It sounds socialistic.â€
â€œIt is. Weâ€™ll need to go through some sort of revolution.â€
â€œThat will never happen.â€
â€œNever say never. Itâ€™s happened in Cairo and Baghdad. Weâ€™ve seen the Berlin Wall crumble and the dismantling of the Soviet Union.â€
â€œSo whatâ€™s with the Tea Party movement? How is it different?â€
â€œFrom what I gather theyâ€™re for an overhaul of our taxation system among other things,â€ Captain Jer explained.
â€œIâ€™m for that.â€
â€œWho wouldnâ€™t be? Our government has been irresponsible with our money.â€
â€œThen why are the media and the politicians treating the Tea Party backers like theyâ€™re all wackos?â€
â€œThe government needs them to be categorized that way because the government needs the extra tax dollars to fund their excesses as well as social reform programs. Tax reform in the form of lower taxes would take away the power of the politicians.â€
â€œArenâ€™t they the same bunch of idiots that couldnâ€™t make it on the street and had to migrate to politics to earn a living?â€ Pork Chop and Fred shook their heads in agreement.
â€œYou got it.â€ Captain Jer smacked his lips as he savored the taste of an ice cold frosty in the wee hours of the morning. â€œThe flunkies canâ€™t earn a living. They get elected to office. The power, perks and bennies become a way of life. To perpetuate that lifestyle they need increased taxes to fund entitlements to give to people so the masses will become dependent on them.â€
Captain Jer looked at Pork Chop in amazement. â€œSo they can get re-elected, you dummy.â€
The burly golfer dipped his napkin in a cup of water and went to work on a jelly stain that occupied the middle of his shirt. â€œSome system we have, isnâ€™t it?â€
â€œBeautiful. Just beautiful. Pretty soon weâ€™ll be waiting on Julie.â€
I am delighted that James Ross has decided to share the scuttlebutt from the back booth of The Prairie Winds Clubhouse.