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When you live in Keyport, NJ, you do not think of yourself as white trash. Certainly there are other neighborhoods along the southern shore of Lower New York Bay that have higher poverty rates among the white population.

But in the wider world of New Jersey, Exit 117 off the Garden State Parkway is truly suspect, and in the really prosperous communities nearer to Exit 114, Keyport is a place to live if circumstances, genetics or sloth prevent you from living decently.

I recently shared a cab to Newark Airport with a woman from keyport and got some insight into the soul of a Republican.

She was a white woman, with a job, living in a newish townhouse condo in this community on the borderline between the haves and have nots.

She wanted Obama to be quickly impeached. That there are obviously no grounds for such a proceeding didn't factor into her strongly held belief.

Her major complaint with the federal government was the slowness in Hurricane Sandy payouts. There is a water stain on her dining room ceiling. Insurance had not covered it, apparently because of the well-used dodge of wind-blown rain.

She was angry that others, particularly Hispanics, had been given ATM cards to get food before her water stain was cared for.

She was also concerned about the claim of her neighbors for damage to their air-conditioners, feeling they should get full replacement cost for the units rather than their depreciated value as five-year-old equipment.

She was entirely tolerant and interested in the bisexual soap opera of our married cab driver's life.

A speech therapist, she was disdainful of her clients whose expensive treatment was paid for by the government. Though she had been in trouble at work for insensitivity, she denied being a racist.

While there are Republicans who can attempt to put their views in some consistent framework of belief, in this particular case, there was nothing there that was very complicated.

The woman was not against government spending, just wanted money dispersed quickly and generously to herself and people like her.

She will never pay Obama's higher tax rates for millionaires. But she wanted to keep a tight hold on her precarious position on the ladder of stratified American society.

While she may never have the good fortune to move three miles down the Parkway to the Exit 114 neighborhoods, she certainly was horrified. The kind of people who live at Exit 14C off the Turnpike, in urban neighborhoods like Jersey City, are occupying rungs near the top of the ladder.

As she looks at her depreciating condo, in a post-bubble real estate market, her anger grows as she slides down the ladder while fretting about her water-stained ceiling.

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  •  What's soul? They don't have any nt (2+ / 0-)
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    EricAZ, wishingwell
  •  Oh! (1+ / 0-)
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    EricAZ

    A bridge and tunnel person!

    We Manhattanites are used to them.

    Pity you had to share a cab with one.

    /not-quite-snark-but-still-a-pity-about-your-cab-ride

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Mon May 13, 2013 at 04:11:17 PM PDT

  •  there's one major flaw in this diary... (3+ / 0-)
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    EricAZ, jan4insight, wishingwell

    ...the assumption that any Republican actually has...a soul.

  •  Not a real repub (1+ / 0-)
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    EricAZ

    Any good repub wouldn't be sharing a cab with the likes of you. Would be driving their expensive import alone killing the environment. Right?

  •  She was complaining about the slowness (2+ / 0-)
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    EricAZ, wishingwell

    of Hurricane Sandy relief, was she. I hope you reminded her that the Republicans blocked it!

    "I don't love writing, but I love having written" ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Mon May 13, 2013 at 06:21:54 PM PDT

  •  I have had a water stain on my ceiling for a few (1+ / 0-)
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    EricAZ

    Years now in our rented townhouse. But ours is caused by a bathroom leak and we have to keep the crack in the tub covered and repaired or the water leaks from the tub and through the living room ceiling onto my sofa. So we have worked around it. The landlord will fix it but we have to move a lot of furniture and my husband is way too busy and also his arthritis is acting up.  But we are not complaining and bitching and we are patient. That lady would be harrassing the landlord and being a pain in the ass.

    We look at this way, the water is clean as it is from the bathtub and we had it checked out and there is no mold or any issue like that. Mostly it is just a water stain and the ceiling is wearing thin in one very small spot. It happens.

    In our case, husband is putting it off until his health improves a little and he has settled into his new position and promotion at work. Some of these republican women would be filing divorce papers in my shoes and not caring that my husband has health issues and that he treats me like gold. That is how some are. I know some of them and they think I am too nice to neighbors and strangers and the less fortunate and that I give people a break who are sick.

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:37:25 PM PDT

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