Friday evening I picked up some beer on the way home from work. And I spent a few minutes talking to the clerk in the convenience store. Despite the pic on the left it was not a 7-Eleven. And the clerk was a guy. He’s a Vietnam vet.
“Do you know that lady . . ?” he said, and he mentioned a woman I actually do know. She’s a local business owner who I’ve quoted at least twice in my columns. Her husband owns a different local business, and I’ve contracted with the latter for a couple of jobs.
“She was in here the other night, buying something,” the clerk said. “I guess she noticed I had a red shirt on or something. And she said, ‘Are you REGISTERED TO VOTE?’ and I said, “I sure am.’ And she said, “You’re voting for Romney, right?’ I guess she assumed I was because I’m white, and I had a red shirt. And I told her, ‘No, I’m not voting for Romney. Are you kidding?’
“Well, she totally flew off the handle. She started talking about business regulations [on her husband's business] and all the rules he had to follow under the Obama administration, and all the fines he’d face if he didn’t.
“And I said, ‘Lady, if he has some rules he has to follow, he needs to take care of business. All of us have to follow rules. He needs to figure that out.
“She lost it. She started shouting and yelling. And as she walked out the door, she delivered her parting shot: ‘You all ARE A BUNCH OF COMMUNISTS!’ ”
Now, I’m not going to get into the woman’s name, or the name of her husband’s business. But the specific regulations the woman was talking about were enacted under the Bush administration in 2008. Their implementation was delayed until 2010 so that the industries affected would have 2 years to figure out how to comply.
And now, the woman is blaming Obama for regulations that the Bush Administration apparently felt strongly enough about, health and safety wise, to enact. I honestly don’t know if she’s lying about who’s to blame, or if she simply doesn’t know the regs were enacted in 2008, or if she does know that but doesn’t realize Obama wasn’t president then.
There is not ONE iota of proof that a Romney administration would feel ANY differently about said regulations. But that gal sure believes it would . . . and wrongly.