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Posted on 02/19/2004 9:12:39 AM PST by Smartaleck
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 and was for distribution of all wealth. She felt deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican which she expressed openly. One day she was challenging her father on his beliefs and his opposition to higher taxes on the rich & the addition of more government welfare programs. Based on the lectures that she had participated in and the occasional chat with a professor she felt that for years her father had obviously harbored an evil, even selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.
The self professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.
He stopped her and asked her point blank, how she was doing in school. She answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain. That she studied all the time, never had 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 of spending all her time studying.
That she was taking a more difficult curriculum.
Her father listened and then asked, "How is your good friend Mary doing."
She replied, "Mary is barely getting by". She continued, "She barely has a 2.0 GPA", adding, "and all she takes are easy classes and she never studies." "But Mary is so very popular on campus, college for her is a blast, she goes to all the parties all the time and very often doesn't even show up for classes because she is too hung over."
Her father then 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." He continued, "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 worked really hard for mine, I did without and Mary has done little or nothing, she played while I worked real hard!"
The father slowly smiled, winked and said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."
TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: constitution; culture; editorial; fatherhood; philosophy
Perhaps posted before but worth remembering during an election year.
It was posted before, but maybe three years ago.
posted on 02/19/2004 9:16:46 AM PST
(The U.S. Constitution defines a Conservative)
Absolutely Brilliant example!
To: Steely Tom
The grasshopper and the ant circa 2004?
Definately worth repeating bump!
By such example the best lessons are taught.
Of the many things we must teach our children is concisely what the political parties desire for America and what good & bad is effected. It is probably more important in this generation than ever before.
posted on 02/19/2004 9:46:38 AM PST
by Made In The USA
(Where is the outrage?!)
Bookmarked for carpet bombing the anti-capitalists that lurk here.
posted on 02/19/2004 9:52:57 AM PST
(Soros is the enemy.)
I love it!
posted on 02/19/2004 9:59:57 AM PST
(Revenge is a dish best served cold.)
I will never forget the day.
I was there the moment someone was first made aware of income taxes.
A young and naive graduate was soon getting their first job - they talked about it excitedly - intellectually advanced but emotionally immature and socially isolated.
They had worked for the family during summers, only for cash.
Something didn't jive about how they intended to use the proceeds of their new job.
I reminded them they would now be subject to income taxes, and helped them calculate the expected deductions.
The look on their face, the indignation, the feeling of injustice was astonishing and amazing.
It reminded me of what most of us take for granted - it is outrageous what we will passively pay in income taxes.
posted on 02/19/2004 10:15:06 AM PST
(Guess who Al Qaeda wants to be President?)
Of course the school probably went to a pass /pass challenged system shortly thereafter because giving recognition to those who excel would be hurt the lil morale and further erode the self esteem of those who don't.
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