Yesterday on my way to lunch, I passed one of the homeless guys
in that area, with a sign that read “Vote Obama, I need the money.” Once
inside I noticed my waiter had on an “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 truck, 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
Well, I guess this redistribution of wealth is going to take a while to
catch on with those doing the work.