Excerpt from - A day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican
...On the way, he drops his 12 year old daughter off at the clothing factory she works at. Since there are no regulations against child labor Joe appreciates the extra income. Paying for kids to go to private school until they're 18 is a luxury, and Joe canít afford to get the latest cool thing to impress his buddies without that extra income. Times are hard and there're no social safety nets so you gotta buy everything you can before you canít work anymore.
He gets to work 5 minutes late and misses the call for Christian prayer, and is immediately docked by his employer. He is not feeling well today, but has no health insurance, since neither his employer nor his government provide it, and paying for it himself is really expensive, since he has a precondition. He just hopes for the best.
Joe's workday is 12 hours long, because there is no regulation on working hours, and Joe will lose his job if he complains or god forbid, tries to unionize. Today is an especially bad day because Joe's manager demands that he work until midnight, a 16 hour day. Joe does so, knowing that he'll lose his job if he does not. The good news is that he can call his daughter and tell her to work late too, since he canít afford child care. Heíll just pick her up on his way home. Too bad neither employer has to pay over-time.
Finally, after midnight, Joe gets to pick up his daughter and go home. His daughter shows him the deep cut she got on the industrial sewing machine today. Joe is outraged and asks why she doesn't have metal mesh gloves or other protection. She says the company will not provide it and she'll have to pay for it out of her own pocket. Joe looks at the wound and decides they'll use an over the counter disinfectant and bandages until it heals. She'll have a scar, but getting stitches at the emergency room is expensive.
His daughter also complains that the manager made suggestive overtures towards her. Joe counsels her to be a "good girl" and not rock the boat, or she'll get fired and they'll be out the income.
His daughter says she can't wait until she's 18 so she can vote for change or go to the Iraq War. Unfortunately, Joe reminds his daughter that women canít vote anymore because Joeís Church, which is now the 4th branch of government, says that Jesus thinks adult women should stay home and take care of the household and stay out of politics which is for men.
They get home and there's a message from his elderly father who can't afford to pay his medical or heating bills. Joe can hear him coughing and shivering. But Joe understands that his father must suffer for not saving enough to live on after he couldnít work anymore, at 83. Sure, he had some stock and a retirement package but the company filed for bankruptcy a few years back to get out from under itís debt after the former CEO ran off with hundreds of millions and the current CEO is getting fired for poor performance. He still gets 300 million in severance pay, however.