The $50 Lesson
Recently, while I was working in the flower beds in the front
yard, my neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from
walking their dog. During our friendly conversation, I asked
their little girl what she wanted to be when she grew up.
She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her
parents, Democratic Party members 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
Her parents beamed with pride!
"Wow...what a worthy goal!" I said. "But you don't have to wait
until you're President to do that!" I told her.
"What do you mean?" she replied.
So I told her, "You can come over to my house and mow the lawn,
pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I'll pay you $50. Then you
can go 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
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 aren't speaking to me anymore.