October 28, 2008
Experimenting with Obama's "Wealth Redistribution"

from: http://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2008/10/redistribution.html

Robert Bluey offers an experiment in wealth redistribution:

In a local 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.

One might, I think, quibble about the distinction between "deserved" and "needed," but still, it's worth some reflection.


Posted by John425 at October 28, 2008 11:13 AM | Email This
1. I'm glad he did this. Some people just need to have reality hit them square in the face. I my try this if I run into any Obama supporting restaurant waiters this week.

Posted by: Michele on October 28, 2008 03:47 PM
2. I hope more people do this. I plan to stop tipping anyone who is visibly pro-Obama under the same rules. After all, wouldn't they be for wealth redistribution if they are for Obama.

Posted by: Jeff B. on October 28, 2008 05:03 PM
3. Actually, my rules will be slightly different. I will first ask the server if there is anyone else working in the restaurant who is supporting McCain. And then I will award the Obama server's tip to the McCain supporter. Because under Obama's redistribution plan, I don't think that the government will be fair either. Thus making the lesson even more instructive.

As a bonus, those visibly supporting Obama will feel the chill of advertising their support, just like I do when I am reluctant to display a McCain sign. In 2004, I had my car vandalized when I displayed a Re-Vote sticker.

Posted by: Jeff B. on October 28, 2008 05:11 PM

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