Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wealth Redistribution in Action

Another great read from Scott Martin's Blog.

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 my server had on an "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--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'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 money more.

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

I think we should all spend the rest of our time showing people what Obama's policies our instead of trying to tell them. For instance next time you go out to eat instead of tipping your serving tell them you giving their tip to charity in their name. You could also just give the tip to someone else in the resturant you saw working hard like the bus boy, the dishwasher, or even another server. Just make sure they understand they your just redistributing the wealth like Obama would.


  1. That's cute, but that's not how Obama would "spread the wealth." Your screwing a working class person, even though Obama's plan grants larger tax cuts to the middle and lower classes. I'm pretty sure anyone you did this to would think you were an idiot (for not grasping Obama's tax plan) and an asshole (for stiffing them).

    Seriously, servers work hard and get paid less than minimum wage. Don't stiff them just to prove a point, especially when your point isn't right in the first place.

  2. Don't worry big blue, I have no doubt that this did not happen.

    As much as the writer would love to stiff the working man, it's beyond belief that he would give to the homeless.

    But seriously, all this Marxist claptrap is getting a little weary, don't you think?

    I mean, Bufett and Volcker are Marxists? Really?