Terse post. In hurry. No time for composition. Probably didn't have time for this introduction*.
Had a dinner party with some thoroughly progressive people. After discussing Watergate's meaning (Republicans are evil) and how terribly funny Stephen Colbert is (very!), it was suggested that one teenage daughter's upcoming college tuition might be defrayed by taking all payments for the parents' freelance work under the table, allowing them to go on food stamps and qualify for aid. It was further suggested that she attend Berkley (diversity!), avoid USC (rich people!) and use her mother's birth-Judaism to help her get into college, even though no one but us attended any kind of religious services or were even vaguely aware of basic religious precepts.
Unable to think of an option other than screaming, "You venal guttersnipes!" I said nothing.
What would you have said that would allow you retain these people as friends? Since then, I decided that I might have gently suggested the young lady attend synagogue and learn something of Judaism, but other than that, I'm at a loss.
* - Or that sentence**.
** - Or that footnote.