"Give me $5,000."
"Well, I don't have $5,000."
"Then give me $50. And the names of 99 of your friends."
"What for? Why should I be giving you money?"
"It's for my baby."
"Is something wrong with your baby?"
"No, I just want money for my kid's future."
"Well, that's nice, but don't you have a job? Any friends or family who could help you out?"
"Yes, but that's not the point. I want you to cough up $50."
"Because it's the right thing to do! It's sharing the wealth. You ought to share. Didn't they teach you that in kindergarten? Besides, I see that you have a house and a car and two dogs. Surely you could give up $50."
"I'm not going to give you $50. Sorry."
"Then I'll take it out of your next paycheck."
"No, it isn't. You make more money than I do."
"So?! So?! Lady, don't you realize that there's only so much money to go around? C'mon, you won't miss it."
"That's not true, and it doesn't matter if I'll 'miss it,' it belongs to me and you can't just demand that I give it to you."
"But I need it for my kid's future. Don't you want my kids to have a good future?"
"Of course I do."
"Then give me money."
"Do you have ANY money of your own to save up?"
"Nothing? Nothing you couldn't give up?"
"How about your cable subscription?"
"That's none of your business!"
"Damn straight it's my business, you want my money!"
"You voted for Hillary, didn't you."
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
The tyranny of Hillary-style "sharing"
Hillary Clinton says she wants to give every newborn in America a $5,000 bond. Sounds good in principle, but I ask you, dear reader, to imagine the following exchange between you and Random Person on the Street: