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Published on April 5, 2004 By Draginol In Republican

This is floating around emails on the net. I didn't write this. So to whomever wrote it, good job.

Father-Daughter Talk

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."


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on Apr 05, 2004
That actually is very good Brad!!!

College grades aren't the best example, but the message is clear cut!

Thanks for sharing.

BAM!!!
on Apr 05, 2004
Very nice analogy! Will be one I share in future discussions, no doubt.

Sarah
on Apr 05, 2004
HAHA!

Great story, thanks for forwarding it to us.
on Apr 05, 2004
Perhaps a better question: "Why not help Mary by spending study time with her, perhaps you could get her grade up." Welcome to the Democratic Party.
on Apr 05, 2004
Nice article... Stevendedalus, that's like saying that the democratic party encourages tycoons to tutor bums. It just doesn't happen.

~Dan
on Apr 05, 2004
It's a nice message in theory, too bad I dont think its very grounded in reality.

The Republican party may have once been for lowering taxes, and less government, but they certainly havent been for the last 20 years. They have raised taxes, and made more goverment agencies, and in the last 4 years especially they have taken away lots of our civil rights (not just the lazy people who dont study and go to parties).

If you really want lesser taxes, Welcome to the Libertarian party.

If you really think that the only people who are disadvantaged are lazy partiers, welcome the the Not Paying Attention to Reality party. Lots of people dont have a fair shake in life, and if there arent things that help them, they WILL turn to things that could end up hurting you. Why not? They dont have anything to lose.

And you dont care, you want your $350 tax rebate so you can can buy... Um, not that much anymore, cause most things arent made in the US and the US dollar is doing horribly around the world, and more and more jobs are being sent out of the US and the goverment (Republicans?) arent doing anything to regulate how US companies can fire all their US workers.

Plus theres things like the environment, which dont really matter anyway, because you can pollute all you want, and it doesnt really ever actually do anything bad. Anyone who cares that bad things COULD happen is obviously just a freak who would tie themselves to trees to protect a single spotted owl.

Anyway, I dont consider the Democratic party good either. Or the Libertarians. But, is the Republican party really holding up the ideals in action that is being claimed by this and other propaganda? Is it really making your life any better?

Would your life be any worse if school programs and welfare budgets WERENT cut? Exactly how much would that raise your taxes? How much in comparison to the huge sums of money the government is currently spending to give their CEO friend's companies huge military and post-military grants (sometimes without even allowing other companies to bid, like the Iraq rebuilding Haliburton contracts, now THATS some good savings for the American people Republicans!)

Anyway, just wanted to voice my dissenting opinion that the Republicans are saving you money, and additionally that it is really a good thing anyway. Everyone in this country (and world) is connected. Saving a little more for yourself at the expense of helping others hurts you in subtle ways as well, and sometimes it hits home directly (like your children going off to a pointless war to die, for instance, but I guess now that terrorism is gone for good, it was worth it. Oh wait, they werent even terrorists or connected to them, and the only terrorists in the company were in the part of the country the US controlled, not Saddam).
on Apr 06, 2004
Perhaps a better question: "Why not help Mary by spending study time with her, perhaps you could get her grade up." Welcome to the Democratic Party.


Should the daughter feel obligated to use her studying time to help Mary study (perhaps do their work for them) who could get a 4.0 as well if only she applied the same amount of effort? Is laziness now some sort of disability for which people are compensated? If so, then where do I sign up for the money train?
on Apr 06, 2004
Lots of people dont have a fair shake in life, and if there arent things that help them, they WILL turn to things that could end up hurting you.


Last time I checked, there are services out there to help such people. Also, considering that people in bad situations can make it better, (not everybody rich is born rich and some aren't lucky enough to win the lottery either) I don't have much sympathy for others in similar situations that can't cut it.
on Apr 06, 2004
now that the joke is out of the way, now we deal with republican/democrat daughter reality:

whose daughter(s) were arrested by police? (you may pick more than one choice)

A) al gore
g.w. bush
C) bill clinton
D) jeb bush
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no peeking!
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got your answer(s) ready?
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if you picked D) you are correct!

jeb's daughter was jailed for having prescription pills while in a treatment center, violating a court-ordered drug treatment plan.

if you guessed you are wrong. gw's daughters were NOT, repeat NOT, arrested, one was merely cited for alcohol possession.

if you guessed A) be aware that gore's son was arrested, but this question concerns daughter's only.

on Apr 06, 2004
I looked up Strawman on Google and found this definition:
"a weak or imaginary opposition (as an argument or adversary) set up only to be easily confuted."
Anyone could make up imaginary situations/conversations to support their case....It would not be too hard to think of one against the war in Iraq and another one pro the war. They prove nothing, and nor does this one except that you are conservative and have an imagination.
on Apr 06, 2004
I think everyone should spend all their time studying, because it's good for society at large.
on Apr 06, 2004
This email post presupposes that everyone who is rich works hard, and that everyone who is poor is a bum. Shame that reality doesn't fit this email.

Cheers
on Apr 06, 2004

I would say that as a general rule, those who are wealthy work a lot harder than those who are poor. I can honestly say that I've never met someone who is poor that works full time. And I mean actualy poor not "I can barely afford that second car."

Similarly, I've never met someone who is rich that doesn't work their butt off (i.e. >40 hours per week on average).

At last year's Entrepreneur of the Year awards, as an example, the people I met were much like myself in that we constantly at working and sacrificing. They enjoy building things, providing for their families.  I haven't had a day off in 6 weeks for instance. I worked 12 hours yesterday. Show me a poor person that does that because I certainly haven't met him or her.

on Apr 06, 2004
I can show you a lot of rich people that don't work, and, as we've argued about before, the poor people I know tend not to be able to get jobs, because either the economy is slow, or the field they've been trained in is lagging. Oh, and I know a half a dozen farmers that make below the poverty line, all of whom, I can almost guarantee work longer, and certainly more arduous hours than you. No offense.

Cheers
on Apr 06, 2004
You should come to Britain Brad and see how hard some of our peasants work. Although I dislike peasants some of them are stuck in circles of poverty and work far more hours than many of my business associates who around one thousand time richer.
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