HT to Jon Ray for this post on Doug Ross @ Journal, who got it from commenter Mickey, who found it in The Eagle Tribune, posted by a reader.
Sounds like one of those transmission chains of hadith :)
Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign the read "Vote Obama, I need the money." I laughed.
Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed--just imagine the coincidence.
When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.
At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.
I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.
This reminds me of an Affirmative Action cookie sale that conservatives were holding on college campuses, where the price you paid for a cookie was determined by your race and gender. Of course, the HighMinded were horrified.
And I think we should have an Immigration Amnesty program where everyone in favor of amnesty has a Latino family living in their basement. And they don't get to choose which family or how long they stay or what they do while they are there AND they have to pay for their healthcare, etc.
Talk about bringing highminded theories home.