Friday, October 31, 2008

So, there's this joke going around

This joke is going around, about how this man sees a homeless person with an Obama sign, then sees a waiter with an Obama tie, and decides to stiff the waiter and give the $10 tip for the meal to the homeless guy instead. Hey, the waiter doesn't like the "share the wealth" concept after all! Hahahahaha!

Yep, that's humor in certain circles. But, see, it's funny because it's true.

Because a ten dollar tip for a waiter is exactly the same as the extra $10 tax paid on $250 earned after a person has already earned over a quarter million dollars that year.

And, of course, the waiter - most waiters are living paycheck to paycheck - gets just as much benefit from the ten bucks to the homeless guy as the guy earning a quarter million a year gets from an extra ten bucks given to the US government, which helps create a stable, safe environment in which to make a quarter million bucks a year.

And, of course, the waiter undoubtedly cares just as much for the homeless guy as we should care about the country we're living in, right?

Damn. That joke doesn't seem as funny any more. Maybe if someone explains it... nah, explaining things ruins a lot of jokes.

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