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Prevent or lament

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By mmguestblogger  •  March 24, 2010 11:30 AM

Some months back I went over to my parent’s house for lunch as I needed a fix of my mom’s cooking. When I arrived, Mom was adding the finishing touches to her famous arroz con pollo and Dad was watching the local newscast on TV. So I sat down next to the old man and chatted with him: I’m doing OK…Wife is fine…Work is a little slow…Dogs are driving me nuts.

As Dad and I are catching up, the big news of the day was being reported on TV. The government had just taken over GM and the talking head anchor kept mentioning how unprecedented it was and how thousands of jobs would be saved and how GM would now turn around and yadayadayada.

At that moment Dad lets out a sigh, looks over at me and asks me to hand him the remote.

I look at him kinda funny. He always lets me have the remote when I’m there. He extends his big, calloused hand towards me and asks for the remote again.

I hand the thing over to him, he points it, turns off the TV and says “Bah. I’ve seen this movie before.”

Dad’s a Cuban exile, so he knows a little something about the Nationalization of businesses and government intrusion.

There’s a brief moment of silence between us, then the old man sighs again, puts his big welder’s hand on my arm and squeezes just a bit. “Listen to what I’m about to tell you,” he says. “Prevent or lament.”

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