November 4, 2008
Somewhere in central Pennsylvania
YOUNG MALE VOICE: Is Megan there?
ME: Sorry, there's no Megan here. That's the second time today someone's asked for her, so you may have a problem in your database.
YMV: I'm trying to reach Megan Benson. For the McCain campaign?
ME: Sorry, no Megan here, but we're Bensons, too.
YMV: Well, I'm calling for the McCain campaign. Did you vote today? For John McCain?
ME: No, we actually voted for Barack Obama.
YMV: Oh, too bad.
ME: Well, when it's all over in a few hours either McCain or Obama will have won, and you and I will both still be Americans, and we'll get on with it.
YMV: I'm not so sure about that.
YMV: I don't want to live in a country where people's money is taken in taxes that then go to benefits for other people.
ME: Sure you do.
ME: We've had a graduated income tax in this country for a hundred years; you believe in it, Barack Obama believes in it, I believe in it, and John McCain believes in it.
YMV: Well, I've got to go make some more calls.
ME: Okay, thanks for calling. Think about it.