by, 10-27-2008 at 07:11 AM (1306 Views)
Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read, "Vote Obama, I need the money." I laughed.
Once in the restaurant, I noticed my server was wearing an "Obama '08" button, and I found this coincidence amusing.
When the bill came, I decided not to tip the server. I explained to him that I was exploring the Obama concept of wealth redistribution. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone whom I deemed more in need; the homeless guy outside. The server stormed angrily from my table.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 bucks, and told him to thank the server inside as I decided he could use the money more than the server. The homeless guy was grateful.
At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment, I realized that while the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, the server was opposingly very angry that I gave away money that he did earn...even though they were both going to vote for a president who would've done the same thing; take money away from someone who earned it, and give it to someone who didn't deserve it.
I guess redistribution of wealth is easier to swallow as a concept than in actual application.
(copied from another forum, unknown author).