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Dinner with the politicians

December 27, 2012
By Andy Heller , Daily Press

FLINT - I had dinner with a Democrat and a Republican the other day.

"Could you please pass the butter?" I asked.

Democrat: "You heard him. Pass the butter."

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Republican: "What's the magic word?"

Democrat: "Pass the butter. Please."

Republican: "You forgot to say pretty."

Democrat: "I'm not saying pretty please. Nor am I saying 'with a cherry on top.' That's what you'll ask next. Don't think I don't know you, my friend.

Republican: "Well, if you don't say it, then you're not getting the butter."

Democrat: "Then I fear we've come to a butter cliff, so to speak."

Republican: "I guess so. The American public will not be pleased if you allow us to go over it just because of your stubbornness."

Democrat: "It's you they'll be angry with. And I'm not stubborn. You're stubborn."

Republican: "I may be stubborn, but you're the stubbornest."

Democrat: "Am not!"

Republican: "Are, too."

Democrat: "How about if we work out a deal - you know, like we used to do?"

Republican: "What do you propose?"

Democrat: "I propose that you give me the butter and apologize for holding it hostage, and if you do that I'll possibly forgive you."

Republican: "That's not a deal."

Democrat: "It is from where I sit."

Republican: "Well, not from where I sit, so you can stuff it. No butter for you."

Democrat: "OK, OK, don't get all huffy. What do you propose?"

Republican: "I propose that I give you the butter and in return you give me all the rolls you have over there on your end of the table."

Democrat: "But then I won't need the butter!"

Republican: "Sucks to be you. Take it or leave it."

Democrat: "I'll leave it, you jerk. Enjoy that butter without my rolls."

Republican: "I will! And you enjoy those rolls without my butter!"

Democrat: "I will!"

Republican: "Look, this is getting us nowhere. I'll tell you what, in the spirit of collaboration, I'll pass you the butter, but only if you publicly admit that in doing so I am in no way violating my earlier vow to never pass the butter to the likes of you."

Democrat: "I'm sorry, I can't do that. I clearly have the upper hand in this negotiation in that rolls without butter are still a viable dining option whereas as butter without rolls is not."

Republican: "That's it then - the deal's off. No butter for you!"

Democrat: "Then I guess it's over the butter cliff for us both."

Republican: "Fine by me!"

Democrat: "Fine by me, too."

"Guys," I interrupted, "I just wanted butter. Could you get over yourselves for a second and just pass it, please?"

Them (in unison): "No!"

With that, I got up and left. Life's too short. I'd rather go over a butter cliff 10 times than listen to any more of that nonsense.

Know what I mean?

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EDITOR'S NOTE - Andy Heller, an award-winning columnist, appears weekly in the Daily Press. He graduated from Escanaba Area High School in 1979. Write to Andrew Heller at andrewhellercolumn@gmail.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

 
 

 

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