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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMama View Post
    yea, working for a living killing polar bears.

    But in all seriousness, yea, driving the truck can be construed to seem more 'down to earth' because the trucker is perceived (whether it should or should not) as a blue-collar working man/woman that actually needs it.
    It is indeed funny. In the book The Millionaire Next-Store it says that a majority of millionaires drive Ford F-150's more than anyother vehicle.

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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMama View Post
    But in all seriousness, yea, driving the truck can be construed to seem more 'down to earth' because the trucker is perceived (whether it should or should not) as a blue-collar working man/woman that actually needs it.
    So am I supposed to read this as you saying that you perceive blue collar people to be better somehow than other types of workers?

    If not, how should the statement be interpreted?

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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    As far as a politician owning a truck, I could care less. It's not going to make me vote or not vote for them depending on what they drive. But for the general Muherican (muher-i-can) public that live back in the boonies like me, you gotta have at least 2 trucks.

    Belows my work truck, as you can tell I have a nice, thin layer of sunscreen.



    Then you have to have your "perty" truck to take ya lady out on a date with.


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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    that you perceive
    Forget about me, I like to take myself out of the equation when dealing with society's perceptions, that stance allows me to be more objective.

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    So am I supposed to read this as you saying that you perceive blue collar people to be better somehow than other types of workers?

    If not, how should the statement be interpreted?
    "Better"? Well that is a very vague term.

    But regardless, no it should not be interpreted like that.

    Who would you think gets screwed up the most in this country? I'd say middle class blue-collar workers. The middle always gets left out. Many find healthcare not affordable, yet they don't qualify (yet - though now Brown won, it may never happen - whether that's good or bad) for Medicaid. Same thing with housing.
    ---Those problems, coupled with the whole physical labor aspect to their jobs, would make them seem (again, whether such a perception should be warranted or not is another debate) to be down to earth.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Embrace the symbolism. Massachusetts is a primarily blue-collar Democrat state.
    Massachusetts? Blue collar?

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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    So am I supposed to read this as you saying that you perceive blue collar people to be better somehow than other types of workers?
    I can't speak for Joe, but I will freely admit that I have a certain degree of personal bias in favor of certain blue-collar-type jobs (specifically the trades) over most white-collar-type jobs regarding how hard they work in general.

    I've done both, and I went back to school in no small part because white collar jobs are generally easier than being tradesman, IMO. Way easier.

    I think the main benefit of education is so that you don't have to work as hard as an iron worker or a carpenter does for the same level of pay.

    But there's also a reason why these are the best paying blue-collar jobs. They are some of the hardest jobs around, but a person needs little or no education to get into them so they offer a way for someone to use hard work to get ahead in the world.

    So for me, an electrician > an accountant. A carpenter > an architect. Tradesmen and women in general > politicians.

    I have a great deal more respect for these occupations than I do for most other occupations.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I've done both, and I went back to school in no small part because white collar jobs are generally easier than being tradesman, IMO. Way easier.
    I certainly agree. The main reasons I finished college was more pay and less strenuous work.

    However, I differ about the jobs being more respectable. As long as a person does their job honestly and is not a detriment to the community through crime or unethical behavior, they are as respectable as anyone else who shows the same morality.

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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I certainly agree. The main reasons I finished college was more pay and less strenuous work.

    However, I differ about the jobs being more respectable. As long as a person does their job honestly and is not a detriment to the community through crime or unethical behavior, they are as respectable as anyone else who shows the same morality.
    I'm thinking in more of an "all other things being equal" type of situation. I have more respect for certain occupations, but that doesn't necessarily mean I have more respect for the people within an occupation.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    In my Opinion, it does not make you a man of the people. It is used for hauling things like trailers, and for work, and Country roads ect. They will not get my vote solely on, if they have a pick up truck, or do not have one.
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