My boss and I are on different ends of the political spectrum. I try to stay away from political discussions with him; we're never going to agree.
But when he started going off on "the illegals" the other day, I had to speak up.
"The goddam illegals are the problem!," he said. "They're sucking us dry! Did you know that illegals can collect social security?"
"Um, no, actually, they can't," I said.
"Oh yes they can! They can collect social security, and they can get driver's licenses, and they can vote! And you know damn well they're all gonna vote for Obama!," he said.
Okay, time to start googling. Because I don't claim to know it all. And unlike my boss, who believes everything his Tea Party nutjob friends tell him, I prefer to get the facts before I start talking.
Web searches done, I handed him a sheaf of papers. "Here you go," I said. "They can't collect social security, they can't get driver's licenses, at least in most states, and they can't vote."
"Well, they just do it ILLEGALLY," he said.
I was prepared for that. One of the sites I visited had mentioned it. "There were fourteen cases of undocumented persons voting, in the past several years. FOURTEEN. Out of how many millions of votes cast? And you're worried about fourteen cases?"
Well, no, of course he's not worried about fourteen cases. He's worried because Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh keep telling him that "the illegals" are the one of the reasons his entire rich-white-man entitlement is swirling around on its way down the drain, and he's frightened.
But you know what? From now on, every time he starts spouting this ridiculous bullshit that Fox News feeds him, I'm going to fight back with facts.
And you know why? Because that privileged white man made more than five times what I did last year. Which is fine. He worked for it. But you know what's not fine? I paid more in taxes than he did.
And that's not right. And to hear him bitching about the f*cking "illegals" being the source of the country's woes? Makes me sick. Because HE'S the problem. Him and his tax cuts and his screw-the-poor attitude and his absolute willingness to fund unnecessary wars to prop up the military-industrial machine, because his rich buddies all run factories that supply the armed forces. HE's the problem.
And I'm going to learn some things in the process. When the boss spouted off about illegals collecting social security, well, I was pretty sure that they couldn't, but I wasn't 100% sure. So I did a little research, and five minutes later, I knew. For sure.
Ain't facts glorious things?