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The father slowly smiled and said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

And the daughter kept working hard and getting good grades. She was hired on her merits and ability into an excellent position.

Years later, her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Unfortunately, his company had just goine bust due to the new Democratic administration requiring that all companies provide totally paid for health care, and as 10% of all the corporations in America going bankrupt that year, her father's long established small business couldn't bear the tremendous cost of health care.

However, her father was wise, lived below his means, and had accumulated and excellent 401K account. He knew that the profigate spending of the democrats would make Social Security likely inadequate to live on, even though millions of lower and middle income folks hadn't bothered to save enough. He had also purchased an 'old age' care policy, which would take care of his expenses, so he wouldn't be a burden upon his children. He knew that his own health and well being were his responsibility, and had told his daughter so many times. He had prepared.

When her husband left her , she smiled at dad's advice to pre-nup the guy back in the day. She knew it was both parents responsibility and obligation to raise their kids, save for an education for them, and provide health care. She also knew that life was a balance of both career and family life. SHe and her husband had set up their own retirement accounts, and a college fund for their daughter and other children. Yes, she and her husband, like 50% of folks marrying, had decided to split, but they were both financially prepared and able to do so with minimal impact. And, at 40, she was confident she'd find other interesting people, since she and her husband had many varied interests, and weren't couch potatoes glued to Prime Time TV like the neighbors across the street.

Meanwhile, the folks across the street, lifelong democrats, who had sponged off welfare and assistance to 'poor kids' and everything else, who weren't married since they collected more benefits, decided to split. The dad became homeless, and the mom and 8 kids had to go to Section 8 housing, since the mother had little education, didn't think it was worth anything, and had been raised in a home where it was expected the 'government would provide'. She hated to see a family torn apart, but they had lived beyond their means, had gone into debt, always had fights over money, and never assumed responsibility, and it showed especially in their children, who were in and out of juvie hall all the time, with nothing but a slap on the wrist....after all, they were 'deprived' , even though they lived in a nice neighborhood.

She fondly remembered the lessons she had learned growing up, about responsibility, getting a good education, having family values, planning for the future, and living below your means. She recalled the conversations about saving for retirement, providing medical insurance, and keeping current in job skills.

She bowed her head in prayer and thanks. And she was glad she was a Republican....

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