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Sat Nov 24, 2018, 01:48 PM

"I'm a Democrat. It's what we do."

So we recently had some concrete work done on our garage floor, which was badly cracked due to settling. It was a nicely done job. My husband and I were standing outside later on when a pickup truck drove in, and it was one of the workers. He jumped out and told us his boss had paid him $163 in cash and he had lost it! He had gone to get air in his tires and realized it was gone. We all 3 started looking around all in the yard, his truck, to no avail. The man was near tears. I couldn't stand it. I had just been to the ATM so I went in and got $60 and brought it out to him. He was back in the truck by then. He said, "Oh, no. I can't take that." I dropped it in his lap and said. "It's all right. I'm a Democrat. It's what we do. If you find your money, you can pay me back." He finally took it. Am I a sucker as my trumpian cousin says? Maybe so, but it still felt good to do that!

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Reply "I'm a Democrat. It's what we do." (Original post)
hostalover Nov 2018 OP
irisblue Nov 2018 #1
wasupaloopa Nov 2018 #2
Iggo Nov 2018 #3
Eliot Rosewater Nov 2018 #4
hostalover Nov 2018 #24
WhiskeyGrinder Nov 2018 #5
Ms. Toad Nov 2018 #43
WhiskeyGrinder Nov 2018 #44
shockey80 Nov 2018 #6
Lisa0825 Nov 2018 #10
msongs Nov 2018 #7
Achilleaze Nov 2018 #8
liberalnarb Nov 2018 #20
hostalover Nov 2018 #25
Roland99 Nov 2018 #9
lunatica Nov 2018 #22
BlancheSplanchnik Nov 2018 #35
Honeycombe8 Nov 2018 #11
nolabear Nov 2018 #12
SWBTATTReg Nov 2018 #13
nolabear Nov 2018 #14
BamaRefugee Nov 2018 #15
iluvtennis Nov 2018 #16
zentrum Nov 2018 #17
packman Nov 2018 #18
liberalnarb Nov 2018 #19
hostalover Nov 2018 #26
lunatica Nov 2018 #21
klook Nov 2018 #33
Saboburns Nov 2018 #23
hostalover Nov 2018 #27
oberliner Nov 2018 #28
hostalover Nov 2018 #30
oberliner Nov 2018 #32
Ms. Toad Nov 2018 #42
Ferrets are Cool Nov 2018 #37
oberliner Nov 2018 #38
Ferrets are Cool Nov 2018 #39
demtenjeep Nov 2018 #29
Niagara Nov 2018 #31
Crutchez_CuiBono Nov 2018 #34
Ferrets are Cool Nov 2018 #36
Dyedinthewoolliberal Nov 2018 #40
hostalover Nov 2018 #41

Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 01:49 PM

1. Your heart is kind

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 01:51 PM

2. Generosity is always a good thing to have. It makes the person getting the money happy and makes

 

you happy. Good karma is created all around.

Generosity is one of the 10 perfections in Buddhism

The ten perfections in the Theravada tradition are (1) generosity (dāna), (2) morality (sīla), (3) renunciation (nekhamma), (4) insight (paŮŮa), (5) energy (viriya), (6) patience (khanti), (7) truthfulness (sacca), (8) resolution (adhiṭṭhāna), (9) loving-kindness (metta), and (10) equanimity (upekkh?.F

They are what Democrats do

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 01:52 PM

3. Help when you can.

Nothing wrong with that.

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 01:53 PM

4. When I do stuff like that I always say "I'm a liberal, it is what we do"

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 06:09 PM

24. You know--I debated about that. I decided I wanted to say "Democrat" so hopefully it would stick

with him the next time he voted! Guess I should have said "liberal Democrat."

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 02:20 PM

5. "Democrats hire sketchy contractors" is not a great narrative.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 25, 2018, 02:14 PM

43. What makes you think they were sketchy contractors?

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #43)

Sun Nov 25, 2018, 04:07 PM

44. Guy pays the workers in cash.

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 02:27 PM

6. You are not a Democrat, you are an American, good job, good heart.

 

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Response to shockey80 (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 03:07 PM

10. Um, you can be both. nt

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 03:00 PM

7. one wonders if the missing cash is under the new concrete nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 03:02 PM

8. ...along with Jimmy Hoffa (aka Jimmy Hosta)

Last edited Sat Nov 24, 2018, 04:32 PM - Edit history (1)

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Response to Achilleaze (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 04:28 PM

20. Oh lord.

 

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Response to Achilleaze (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 06:11 PM

25. "Jimmy Hosta"--good one!

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 03:05 PM

9. ....

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Response to Roland99 (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 04:36 PM

22. Right!

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Response to Roland99 (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 10:35 PM

35. Yep ! 🙂

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 03:11 PM

11. You are a good person. I probably would have done the same, if I had the cash.

"I'm a Democrat. It's what we do." Kindness is never a mistake.

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 03:19 PM

12. Some people value money and forget all about what it stands for.

Security. Kindness. Generosity. Comfort.

Those who just hoard things while others suffer are afraid. Now Iíll admit to a little of that fear and an appreciation of ease myself, but I would have helped too. I do often. Probably not as much as I should, but I try.

Conservatism has lost its mind. Itís miserism now. Itís mean, greedy, unfeeling and stupid. It creates misery and then piles up more stuff to protect itself from the outgrowth. That cannot go on forever.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 03:28 PM

13. I agree w/ your remarks. I also like your word 'miserism' too. It describes them to a 'T' and

defines the very essence of predatory capitalism. The word 'conservative' is used by some to describe themselves as being above everyone else, when in fact, they are behaving worse than everyone else. Run the deficits up, take away rights, etc. Remember, this is the party of 'NO' during the Obama years. They used the word 'conservative' to describe themselves nicely, when in fact, it's a sick use of the word, in denying all evidence to the contrary of global climate change, pass tax laws that vastly benefit the 1%ers (and not us), and use identity politics to split the country apart. Conservatives indeed. A joke, all of them.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #13)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 03:32 PM

14. Yes. Conservation is the last thing they're interested in.

They want to own it or destroy it. Itís primitive and doomed. I just hope they donít destroy us all out of ragecand spite.

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 03:51 PM

15. There's an old adage: Give a concrete guy $60, and he can drink at a bar for a day.

But give a concrete guy a wallet that can hold $163, and he can also bring home some food to the family for a lifetime.
Just kidding.
You done good.

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 04:04 PM

16. Good job. Blessings are coming your way as in life, we reap what we sow.

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 04:16 PM

17. Good job.

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 04:19 PM

18. I like you -



And it is what Democrats do

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 04:25 PM

19. No, you're a decent human being.

 

A sucker is someone who votes to give the rich huge tax cuts, not help someone in need. Tell your cousin to fuck him/herself.

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Response to liberalnarb (Reply #19)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 06:17 PM

26. Actually, I kind of set my cousin up. I knew what his reaction would be and I

sometimes can't resist seeing him go off! You should hear him when I talk about giving money to homeless people (which I routinely do) or supporting certain charities. Surprisingly though, we never discuss trump et al. That would take us into territory from which we might never recover. I do love him and vice versa. Our mothers were sisters.

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 04:34 PM

21. Money makes people more of what they already

People like to misquote the adage that the LOVE Of money is the root of all evil. They say money is the root of all evil not even aware of the mistake.

A generous person like you uses money to spread more generosity. Forget the idiots who try to wag the finger of their left hand trying to make you look stupid while gladly take your money with the other hand.

Fuckem!

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Response to lunatica (Reply #21)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 07:40 PM

33. Wise comment - thank you.

We focus so much on the glaring examples of how money amplifies the worst in some people. Itís good to remember that money, in the right hands, can be used to do good and ease suffering in this world.

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 05:02 PM

23. I say be happy and rejoice in yourself.

Be thankful that, for whatever reasons, that you have ended up as you have ended up. I say to smile and rejoice, and be thankful you're not like 'them'.

You've attained a level of humaness not many do.

Can you imagine being one of those sad, droll people would look upon your wonderful act of humanity, and what humanity is possible of, and thinking that what you did was a stupid thing, a bad thing, AND THINKING THAT THEY ARE SUPERIOR AND SMARTER THAN YOU.

As so many do, sigh.

You seem to be asking if your act was good one, a smart one, that you aren't naive. Gosh, I just want to thank you. And tell you that this old world sorely needs more such actions. That not only what you did was okay, but that it was lovely. Wonderful. Epic. Affirming.

And never, NEVER! again wonder about such things. AND MOST OF ALL, NEVER AGAIN WORRY WHAT SOMEONE ELSE THINKS OF YOU AND YOUR ACTIONS.

Because you have attained a level of humanity they can not fathom.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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Response to Saboburns (Reply #23)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 06:18 PM

27. You're very welcome!

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 06:19 PM

28. He's still short $103

 

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Response to oberliner (Reply #28)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 06:29 PM

30. I noticed that! My husband called the owner and hopefully he came through with something!

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Response to hostalover (Reply #30)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 06:35 PM

32. Maybe better not to pay in cash!

 

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Response to oberliner (Reply #32)

Sun Nov 25, 2018, 02:12 PM

42. Not everyone has the means to cash a check,

Without paying exhorbitant fees, so receiving cash can mean significantly more of the payment ends up in his pocket.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #28)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 11:02 PM

37. How is that relevant to the GOOD that was done?

Sheesh, bah humbug much?

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #37)

Sun Nov 25, 2018, 09:53 AM

38. It wasn't good for him

 

He lost a significant amount of cash and was pressured into taking a handout when he clearly did not want one.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #38)

Sun Nov 25, 2018, 11:24 AM

39. Oh, I'm sorry. I did not know he was a personal friend of yours and that he

opened up his soul to you. For all we know, that $60 could have put food on his table for the night. "WE" do not know and shouldn't assume.

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 06:20 PM

29. we were doing a bit of stocking stuffer shopping yesterday. We gave food cards to 8 different peopl

that asked for just spare change.

IT is what we do

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 06:30 PM

31. You're very kind!

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 10:32 PM

34. You set a great example.

Pretty thoughtful.

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2018, 10:59 PM

36. Karma will pay you back

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Response to hostalover (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2018, 01:04 PM

40. Good Deeds don't count for as much

if you tell people you did 'em...............

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Response to Dyedinthewoolliberal (Reply #40)

Sun Nov 25, 2018, 01:20 PM

41. Gee thanks. I'll remember that in the future.

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