A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, very much in favor of the redistribution of wealth.
She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.
One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.
He responded by asking her how she was doing in school.
Taken back, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.
Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Aubrey doing?”
She replied, “Aubrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties, and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”
Her wise father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct a 1 .0 off your 4.0 GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That wouldn’t be fair!” I have worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Aubrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the Republican Party”
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Then the girl went to a diner to consider her plight. There she met a young waiter. She told him about her discussion with her dad. The young waiter said that he, too worked very hard in school and carried a 4.0 GPA, but he was smart and not an all-star athlete, so he could not get a scholarship. His inner city school was so under funded that most universities would pay no attention to GPA. They assume that regardless of grade average, students there could never make it in a “real school”. He had to share books, did not have a computer, and was typically in a classroom with 60 or more other kids. So, because he could not afford college on his own, he was forced to go to work to help support his family. You see, his mother was injured at work. She couldn’t afford insurance on her minimum wage salary, and accumulated a large hospital debt. She can’t afford the prescriptions, and is forced to choose between buying food or buying medicine. She can no longer work, so her employer promptly fired her. Since she can’t afford an attorney, the big corporation will not be held responsible for their negligence that caused her injuries or for her wrongful dismissal.
The young girl said, “That’s not fair, you work hard but never get a break !” to which the young waiter replied, welcome back to the Democratic Party.
…..and then the girl and the young waiter got married and lived happily ever after 😉