Josh wanders through Donna's cubicle asking, "They're not done yet?" Donna: "In the Roosevelt Room? No." She gets up and follows him, saying he has a phone message. He asks who it's from; she replies, "Frank Kelly." Josh doesn't know who that is. Donna explains, "He's a textiles worker in South Carolina making twelve dollars and seventeen cents an hour with no health insurance. His two kids go to public school. The school's fine, but they've had to cut Art and Music for budget reasons, and Frank's ten-year-old is just nuts about the trumpet, so the mom does telemarketing at night after the kids have gone to bed to pay for lessons and rent an instrument. Not that art and music are important, or that any of us had any fun or met friends doing it. Frank obeys the law and pays his bills. He also pays his taxes, and he called to thank you for sending his money to Mexico." Josh: "Does he want me to call back?" Donna responds with an irritated, "Josh!" Josh suggests that she call him back: "Remind him that the Mexican consumers who buy his textiles can't afford to buy them anymore. Frank will be laid off, which is no problem. There are plenty of jobs out there for a forty-eight-year-old textiles worker just as long as he's trained in high-tech computers and/or medical research." Hey, she never said he was forty-eight. But you already know she made the whole thing up, right? She objects that the thirty billion is never going to make it into the pockets of Mexican consumers. Josh claims that it does, eventually. He also points out that it's not a gift, it's a loan. "We did the same thing six years ago and the loan was paid back, ahead of schedule." Donna mentions that they did the same thing four years before that, and five years before that. Josh acknowledges this. Donna cites AA's definition of insanity, which is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." She adds, "I'm not cheap, nor am I xenophobic; I just think it's time for some tough love." Josh leans forward and says quietly, "Well, not right here in front of everybody, Donna, but if you want to run home and get your equipment." She manages to restrain a flirtatious response by saying with mock firmness, "Go away from me." I really think she needs to put in for a transfer so she can get involved with him without all the icky power crap that's overlaid on the boss-secretary thing. As she returns to her desk, Josh advises, "The telemarketing was a nice detail, but you should have said, 'scrubbed floors.'" Donna thought that would be too much. Josh agrees, "Yeah, probably," and returns to his office.
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