A young woman was about to finish her second 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 opinion she expressed openly.
One day she was challenging her father on his beliefs and his opposition to
higher taxes on the rich and 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 since she was taking a more difficult curriculum than most.
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