I keep these responses at the ready.
On Immigration when the Republican says, “My ancestors came here legally!”.
I reply: Well, that’s probably because they came here before 1880 when up to that time, there were no laws governing immigration. You just arrived and you were let it. It was not until the Chinese Exclusion Act signed by President Chester Arthur (Republican) on May 6, 1882 prohibited all immigration of Chinese laborers. Yeah, that sounds racist, and it was, just like every immigration law since then.
On the Public sector versus the Private sector, when the Republican says, “ The government can’t do anything right. Things are better left to the private sector!”
I ask them, “Do you have a smart phone? Because if you do, know this: Every major technological change related to what makes the smart phone smart traces most of its funding back to the US government. Oh, and are you any sort of prescription medication? Roughly 75% of so-called new molecular entities with priority rating (the most innovative drugs) trace their existence to NIH funding.
On Health Care, well, this is a tough one because somehow, facts don’t matter.
But I still press on. When a Republican tells me that single payer results in long waiting times, high costs, and poor results, I remind them that: In Canada 86.2 percent of its citizens approve of their health care system and want no part of any privatized system. So, how do we interpret the fact that Canada is a democracy, able to switch to a privatized system but a HUGE 86.2 percent say “no thanks!”…..I suspect they just have to look south of their border to see how lousy that sort of approach is.
Well, that’s three. I will add a few more in the months to come.