No, this is not about how to cook your Thanksgiving bird -- check the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line for that. Today I want to draw your attention to Working America's Turkey Talk, intended to help you leaven those holiday political conversations with a healthy dose of facts.
Picture this: You’re home for the holidays, about to dive into that rich, golden-brown pumpkin pie, when suddenly a conversation erupts with your mother-in-law about “deficit reduction” or “Debt Crisis”. We spend too much, she says, indignant. Why can’t the Federal Government pay its bills—I do. A “harrumph!” is implied by the look she’s giving you. What do you say?
Scenario two: You hear your cousin, who prides himself on being ‘pragmatic’ and ‘serious’, throwing around phrases like “Fiscal Cliff” and “Grand Bargain” – how do you explain why both those phrases are misleading?
Or maybe this: You are forced to listen to your uncle, who gets most of his information from Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity wax on about why the Department of Education should be abolished. What do you say?
You love your relatives, but avoidance is not the answer. Something ought to be done.
Something ought to be done, and it's up to you to do it. Working America is offering all the information you need to talk intelligently about sequestration, the fiscal cliff, the debt crisis, the "grand bargain" on Social Security and Medicare, taxes and, most importantly, economic fairness for middle class Americans.
All you need to do is study up, be prepared and, when politics crops up at the dinner table, remember to be polite, respectful and pleasant as you inject a dose of reality ... and if the discussion gets too heated, drop the politics and pass the gravy.