Fw: $50 Lesson

I recently asked my friends' little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, 'If you were President what would be the first thing you would do? '

She replied, 'I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people.'

Her parents beamed.

'Wow...what a worthy goal.' I told her, 'But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I'll pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.'

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, ' Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50? '

I said, 'Welcome to the Republican Party.'

Her parents still aren't speaking to me.


Celia said...

I know there was a Something Awful forum thread where they went over all these "Welcome to the Republican Party" things (and made some of their own), but I can't find it in the Goldmine archives, and only people with accounts can read the regular threads, and I can't get an account because I don't have a credit card. This is probably the Republican party's fault somehow. Welcome to the Green party.

Anonymous said...

well, the shiftless, lazy, worthless homeless guy is most likely a Viet Nam vet w/PTSD, who got lousy assistance when he returned from Viet Nam (which is probably now also including those from the first Gulf War and the current wars in Iraq & Afganistan). And/or he may not be a Vet, but it's highly likely that he is suffering from mental illness and has no where to go but the streets.

In both cases it is: Yeah, welcome to the fantabulous Republican Party, who cut loads of benefits to Vets as well as to the mentally ill (mainly under St. Ronnie of the Ray Gun).

Repuglicans just love to hate them some homeless folks, but my guess is that Church-going richies have never encountered any homeless in any meaningful way to know exactly what their circumstances really are.

Support the troops! feh

Anonymous said...

The Republican Party thinks that $50 will pay for food and homes for all the homeless people?

Anonymous said...

"The Republican Party thinks that $50 will pay for food and homes for all the homeless people?"

Yes, and they don't want to give even *that* much.

Marc with a C said...

When one of your major party platforms essentially amounts to a monarchistic "fuck the poor!" then you know you're in trouble.

Because, face it. They'd rather guillotine you than vote for you.

Welcome to the Republican Party.

Anonymous said...

And of course don't forget the Republican canard that any tax is on its way to 100%. What if this was take $10 and give it to the homeless guy (20% marginal rate). What if she agreed then? Idiots.

Anonymous said...

Celia: Some subforums have their own Goldmines.

Anonymous said...

You know that the only way the homeless guy will be ALLOWED to mow the lawn is IF he is from "south of the border"...Republicans tend to believe that the best yard work can ONLY be done by a so-called ILLEGAL...

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