Tuesday, October 28, 2008

But I Earned an "A"! Spreading the Wealth around at School

An email to a friend:

I heard a great way to explain this to kids yesterday on the radio.

A caller to Michael Medved explained "spreading the wealth around" to his high school daughter this way;

You work hard in your English class, making great grades, doing extra credit work to make sure you have an "A" average at the end of the grading period.

Then you get your report card and see that you got a "B" in your English class. You storm up to the teacher and ask how this could happen? She tells you that you did earn an "A" in the class, but there are other kids that were going to get "Ds" and "Fs" so in the spirit of "spreading the wealth around" she decided to give one of your letter-grades to someone that didn't earn a passing grade so they could pass. She was worried they would feel bad getting an "F".

Needless to say, the daughter thought this was very unfair and got angry even though it was just an example her dad put out there.

I figure, if there was one way to divide a country, it would be to take something away from one group of folks that earned it and give that something to some other folks that didn't earn it. Besides blatant racism, I can think of no other worse thing a country could do.
In response to:

Subject: Redistribution Plan may take a while

Yesterday on my way to lunch with my husband, I passed one of the homeless guys in that area, with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money." Once in the restaurant, my waiter had on a "Obama 08" tee shirt. When the bill came, I decided not to tip the waiter and explained to him while he had given me exceptional service, that his tee shirt made me feel he obviously believes in Senator Obama's plan to redistribute the wealth. I told him I was going to redistribute his tip to someone that I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. He stood there in disbelief and angrily stormed away. I went outside, gave the homeless guy $3 and told him to thank the waiter inside, as I had decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy looked at me in disbelief but seemed grateful. As I got in my car, I realized this rather unscientific redistribution experiment had left the homeless guy quite happy for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn. Well, I guess this redistribution of wealth is going to take a while to catch on, especially with those doing the work. But, hey, I'll keep trying to do my part.

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