Re-distributing Your Wealth

On my way to lunch recently, I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read “Vote Obama; I need the money.” I laughed.

In the restaurant, my server had on an “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 Barack-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’ve 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” (or needed) money more.

I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

A. Hart

Forest Park
Published in the Chicago Tribune

Ed. note: It’s also a much easier concept to swallow when it’s someone else’s wealth you’re planning to re-distribute!

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