Pop Quiz!

30 Sep

Pop Quiz

Are You a Capitalist or a Socialist?

Socialist                                                  

Drinks water from the tap after

It has been filtered, sanitized and

Delivered by a Gov. Agency

Capitalist                                                                 

Pays extra to buy that same water

In a carcinogenic, plastic bottle.

Socialist

Realizes that talking or texting on

Your cell phone while driving in

Your car is a detriment to your

Safety and the safety of others

Capitalist

Couldn’t care less. You bought it

And since you’re paying good money

For it  you’ll use it when you damn

Well please!

 

Socialist                                

Votes yes for the school budget

When your kids are in public

School and continues to vote yes

Even after they have graduated

Because all children need a

Proper education.

Capitalist

Votes no on the school budget

Because you don’t have kids

In the system.

Socialist                                                     

You pay your fair share of taxes

On what you earn according to the

Federal tax code.

Capitalist

You never declare what you

Actually earn and love to

Get paid in cash.

Socialist

You donate to charities because

The cause is good

Capitalist

You donate to charities

Because the write-off

Is necessary.

Socialist

You support the military and serve

In the armed forces if and when

Drafted, or enlist when needed.

Capitalist

You support the military

And avoid service under

Every circumstance.

Socialist

You wear your pants at the waist

Because its where pants are worn.

Capitalist

You wear your pants below

The waist because it’s

fashionable

Socialist

You wear shorts

when it’s hot out.

Capitalist

Your shorts are as

long as your pants.

Socialist                                                  

You don’t litter

Capitalist

Litter is for kitties

Socialist

You recycle

Capitalist

You litter

Socialist

You conserve energy

Capitalist

You never turn anything off

Socialist

You eat until you are full

Capitalist

You eat until it hurts

Socialist

Your car gets good gas mileage

Capitalist                                             

Your car has a second job as a boat

Socialist

Too much is too much

Capitalist

Too much is not enough

Socialist

You believe in savings with interest

Capitalist

You believe in the 401K

Socialist

You are concerned that

Everyone should have access

To affordable healthcare

Capitalist

You are concerned that

YOU have healthcare

Socialist

You believe that

The best worker is the

Hardest worker

Capitalist

You believe that the

Best worker is the

Cheapest worker

SCORING: If keeping score is that important to you then you’re probably a NY Jets fan so why bother… You’re a Romanticist!      

13 Responses to “Pop Quiz!”

  1. David September 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    It’s like asking the Tea Baggers (who, mysteriously have disappeared from the news over the last few weeks), who want less government what part of paved roads and clean water we should take away from them.

  2. elroyjones October 6, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    I must be a socialist on steroids because when I give to a charity I refuse the receipt because it wouldn’t really be giving if I got something for the gift.

  3. Tammy the Teacher October 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    So, according to the quiz I must be either a capitalist or a socialist? Quite frankly, this quiz makes capitalist out to be evil people. I believe in capitalism and I give to charities without the deduction. I believe in a real wage for a real day’s work. I want less government and more personal responsibility. I grew up without affordable healthcare, so what. I went to the doctor when I was sick. My parents worked hard to pay the bills. Our doctor understood that and worked with us, often taking $5 a week until the bill was paid. I believe EDUCATION is the cure to poverty, not a government check. I do believe in helping people when they are down. I often give money to people that need it without it having to be taken out of my taxes by force and given to people I don’t know.

    I also believe there is a role for government. I believe that government’s role is to defend our nation and promote the general welfare. This general welfare is our paved roads and clean water. It is making sure that each of us has the right to choose success or failure. But, if we choose failure, we must survive on our own. I do realize there are some that can not take care of themselves. The infirm and the feeble must be protected. I just don’t believe we should be taking care of those that choose not to try.

    • gpicone October 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

      Lots of folks feel exactly the way you do. But, How do you know when someone is not trying? And what about children? How responsible can we make children for “choosing” failure? A lot of children don’t have the parents that you or I did nor access to that nice doctor who took less than his fee until the bill was paid and they are citizens of our country. How do we help them? Is charity all that they are entitled to and a gigantic defense budget to keep them safe from enemies they will never know, and paved roads and clean water? I think we can do better and still help everyone and still have plenty of excess for those who feel they need that to get through their day.

      • Tammy the Teacher October 6, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

        The community colleges are full of students that once chose to shun education only to realize that they needed it. I never said anything about the children. Actually, yes charity is all they are ENTITLED to. The entitlement of our nation has become one of the biggest issues I see today. However, I do agree that if someone wants help out of poverty, we, as a nation, should provide that help at any point in their lives, temporarily. As for the gigantic defense budget, with the exception of 9/11, our defense systems have kept those enemies off our soil.

        I provide free help to the parents of my students. My door is always open to anyone that wishes to better themselves. I have had former students return to me seeking help as they return to school for a better future. We must each do our part, however small, to help everyone live to their fullest potential.

        I agree with you. We can do better. We can ALL do better. I am thankful you and I can have a civil discussion about these issues. That means our country is not lost and that means the solution is out there somewhere. Perhaps we can discover it together. Thank you for your time here and in the classroom. It is very clear that you cared deeply for your students and they should have considered themselves lucky to have had you as a teacher.

      • gpicone October 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

        Thanks for reading and for your thoughtful replies and comments. I too wish that more folks would engage in open minded and friendly discussions, especially our politicians who in my mind are behaving like petulant school children by refusing to even listen to one another and find a common ground on which to stand and begin moving forward. I worry about our future as a country of diverse people who may just not like each other enough to work together and keep up with the rest of the world.

  4. Jane January 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    I have to agree with Tammy. I suppose I am a capitalist if there are just two choices in your quiz, but I don’t fit many of the descriptions. I do like my 401k, for instance, and why shouldn’t I? I work hard, and my employer matches my contribution.

    Also, I know many very liberal people who fit the descriptions of a capitalist according to your quiz better than I do. People are more complex than that. You’re quiz is too general and one sided. But I have enjoyed some of your other posts!!

    • gpicone January 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

      Yes, of course life is very complex and I am using the term capitalist as someone who reveres money above all things including people. Hopefully your employer will continue to match your 401k contributions but there is no law that says that they must. Many of my friends have had this happene to their 401ks and then when the market went down so did their hopes of retirement. Now they are hoping that they can retire when they are in their 70s, of course that all depends upon their employers keeping them as employees as they age which is also very doubtful. And of course there is also no law that says that good, hard working and loyal employees must remain employed. I hope these new “capitalist rules” will not be visited upon you in the future.

      • Jane January 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

        Do you think it’s fair to use the term capitalist as someone who reveres money? I realize that many people do, however, many are also just hardworking people who were raised to believe you should be responsible and support yourself and not depend on the government to do that for you.

        I am all for helping people who need it. But we need to work on that being the exception and not the norm. If it does become the norm — and it quickly is — it’s an extremely tough habit to break and destroys the confidence and self-esteem levels of human beings. And then we become a nation of below average victims who no longer have the gumption to compete and better themselves. And that is why I am against socialism.

      • gpicone January 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

        “I am all for helping people who need it. But we need to work on that being the exception and not the norm.” You are kidding right? Helping people in need is the exception in this world! Where have you been? How many more poor and starving people would you like to add to this country and to this world? Poverty is an extremely tough habit to break and destroys the confidence and self-esteem levels of human beings and we have BILLIONS of people who fit this description.

      • Jane January 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

        I’m not kidding. Of course, I’m narrowing my opinions to the U.S. We can’t control other governments who want to keep their people hungry and dependent, sad as that is.

        Poverty is awful and no one in this country should go to bed hungry. I agree that is a disgrace. But we have too many families who have been on welfare for generations and something has to break that habit. We need to train people to go to work as part of the welfare program, or subsidize salaries for those who work low pay jobs — not just hand out money to those who do nothing to contribute. It’s not good for them or our country. And that is capitalism…

        I realize this is an extreme situation right now because of the economy and unemployment rate, but this cycle began many years before our recent troubles. And neither party ever did anything about it. I’m starting to believe it’s because they do want us dependent on the government. It gives politicians job security.

  5. Radish Magazine January 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Socialist

    Deliberately starves millions of Ukrainians to death.

    Capitalist

    Bombs little children. With candy.

    “I too wish that more folks would engage in open minded and friendly discussions…”

    Well, you’re on the right track with this list.

  6. barbarastanley February 3, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    If not for humor, our frustrations would kill us. Loved this.

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