Dinner with a Congressman
28 October, 2010
Dinner with a Congressman

On Thursday evening I found myself at a dinner reception for Jim Marshall, a Georgia Congressman from Macon. Mr. Marshall currently represents Georgia’s 8th Congressional District and is running for a re-election in the United States Congress.

 


Jim Marshall is running for reelection as a Democrat, but from what he says and how he votes he mush resembles a social conservative and as such he opposes abortion, gay marriage, and gun control. He has recently voted against the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask

Don’t Tell’ policy that would have let gay soldiers into military service.


He has voted against health care reform, and on this one I agree with him, because the HealthCare Bill, the way it ended up being passed, does nothing more than make it a penalty not to pay insurance for the same people who couldn’t afford insurance in the first place. The healthcare insurers all but lap danced for democrats and got exactly what they wanted. More mandated customers. One bright spot in this mess is that being pregnant will no longer be labeled as a preexisting condition. Pregnant women in the US will no longer be denied coverage. Does it make sense that in a God fearing country like US, where abortion is still a hot topic, pregnancy would be recognized to something equivalent to a disease? But I digress
While political games were being catered to, I was having a conversation with Professor Avenarius, who is a professor of something no one quite understands, least of all his students. I was surprised to see Professor all dressed up with a nametag on, at the fundraiser, but then I realized there were many other Georgians in attendance and I asked Professor about it. I was told Congressman Marshall is a friend of Georgia, and has been there and supports the government and people of Georgia.
Few minutes into discussing whom we knew at the fundraiser, a young Georgian businessman (aren’t they all now ‘businessmen’) joined us and somehow I found myself arguing about taxes. Curiously taxes have been the only aspect where Congressman Marshall has seen more of an eye to eye with the Democratic Party. There is nothing legal about tax evasion, but there are loopholes. I argued that Corporations had the option of keeping their money in other countries with loopholes and such, but that it was not right. My counterpart argued that if I had a million dollars I would be speaking differently. My response was that I’d rather have six hundred thousand dollars to invest back into my business, than have a million dollars in Switzerland and not be able to touch it. Based on this, I was proclaimed a socialist- a statement that probably should have bothered me more than it did. To end our bickering, that was starting to attract more attention than needed at a fundraiser, Professor Avenarius pointed out that neither the ‘businessman’ nor I had a million dollars.


Later on in the evening, Congressman Marshall told us about a story that has just started to circulate about Nathaniel Deal a Republican Gubernatorial nominee, who has been caught in hot water with his numerous Corporations set up by two seemingly unrelated lawyers in Gainesville, GA. The companies were called Fool One LLC, Fool Two LLC, and Fool Three LLC…Fool Seven LLC. No joking, those are the names of the 7 LLCs. I looked them up with the Georgia Chamber of commerce. Both attorneys contributed sufficient amount of money to Deal’s campaign. Coincidence? Investigation will tell. I looked to see the reaction of the ‘businessman’, but all I got is Professor Avenarius’s sadistic smile.
And while politics are very interesting indeed, I was more interested in the chocolate souffle I had in front of me. Discussions and healthy arguments might feed your brain, but there is nothing better than chocolate to fill your belly with. Professor Avenarius must have had the same thing on his mind, for while I was turned listening to Congressman Marshall speak about Georgia and Russia, my souffle found it’s way into Professor’s belly. The horror.

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