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Thursday, January 08, 2009

140 - Conversation Starters: Five Questions To Ask Your Friendly Local Right-Winger

We'll start off the new year with some questions you can use as conversation starters for those special right-wingers in your life.

Perhaps you have a regular debating partner at the water cooler. And you want to start off 2009 by rocking them back on their heels.

Or maybe there's a right-winger you've been meaning to engage in dialogue, but just haven't had a good ice-breaker for.

Old right-winger, new right-winger, doesn't matter. Jack to the rescue.

Here are five questions you can pick and choose from, all guaranteed to set you up for a nice argumentation victory over that special person of the rightward persuasion.

The questions encompass the areas of consumer safety, health care, human development, economic power, and the survival of our very democracy.

Sound intriguing?

The questions are:

1 - Are you happy that one third of the toys sold in the US are contaminated with dangerous chemicals harmful to children?

2 - Do you think that one in three Canadians or Frenchmen or Germans are forced to skip doctor visits and medications because they can't afford it?

3 - Do you believe in helping children avoid a life of crime and otherwise being a burden on society?

4- Should employers be able to fire workers with virtual impunity just because the workers are trying to organize a union?

5 - Do you think the President should have the power to declare any US legal resident or citizen, including you, an enemy combatant, and hold you forever without bringing charges?

With the info you'll get when you listen to the podcast, you'll be more than well-prepared for your conversation with that rightward-inclining person in your life.

They won't know what him 'em.

(PS: Right-wingers, if you want to write in to me, fine, but at least do me the courtesy of listening to the podcast first. Please don't respond just on the basis of the brief preview above. Thanks!!)

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