The $50 Lesson

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    The $50 Lesson

    Some of you may have seen this but I haven't. Thought it was cute and oh so true.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    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 grows up.



    She said she wanted to be President some day.

    Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, 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 people."

    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 house."

    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.
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    36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.


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    I love it.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Well, given the prevalence of mental illness amongst the truly poor, the steep drop-off in Big Pharma funding of related research, and the lack of traction regarding providing government services on that front, I think maybe the Republican person in the joke up above can think of a charity that the $50 could really leverage into long-term benefits for homeless people. "Ha ha, they so lazy" isn't likely an accurate synopsis. Most charitably, it's an incredibly callous one.

    That said.
    One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw a man along the road-side eating grass.
    Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and got out to investigate.

    He asked the man, "Why are you eating grass?"

    "I don't have any money for food," the poor man replied. "I have to eat grass."

    "Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you," the lawyer said. "But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree."

    "Bring them along," the lawyer replied.

    Once under way, the poor fellow turned to the lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you."

    The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high."
    Last edited by CanuckQue; November 28th, 2013 at 01:51 PM. Reason: Trimmed the joke down
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    Just Neato LOL Good one!
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    Canuck, you missed the point(s):

    One does not need to be a politician to affect change.
    While charity is a great virtue, empowering individuals is even better.
    Cut out the middleman.

    Maybe a more accurate portrayal of progressivism would be for the parents (authority figure) to take the $50, keep $30, give Sister a $20 job stimulus kickback, fine the girl $5 for improperly disposing of hazardous materials, use that $5 to send her brother to sensitivity training, and took out a $10 loan to give the homeless person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmuskier View Post
    Canuck, you missed the point(s)
    Unlikely. The joke was to highlight the difference regarding Republicans and Democrats and their conceptions regarding homelessness. The gist of the joke was that "homeless people should do their own work"; most charitably, it presented that as the stereotypical Republican viewpoint. I don't mind Rep vs. Dem jokes, but mocking a cohort (homeless people) that is mostly composed of the mentally ill and of veterans is decidedly lacking in either insight or taste.
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    I actually happen to agree with you. And now for a related subject; Lawyer Jokes.

    They are put out there by the insurance industry & the AMA, to get the average Joe to be against lawyers & law suits. To portray plaintiffs in law suits as "greedy", not wanting to work, hoping to win the lottery, etc.

    Lets try and do better, shall we?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanuckQue View Post
    Unlikely. The joke was to highlight the difference regarding Republicans and Democrats and their conceptions regarding homelessness. The gist of the joke was that "homeless people should do their own work"; most charitably, it presented that as the stereotypical Republican viewpoint. I don't mind Rep vs. Dem jokes, but mocking a cohort (homeless people) that is mostly composed of the mentally ill and of veterans is decidedly lacking in either insight or taste.
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    Sister, That there's funny! Me thinks you've stepped on a lib's toes.
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    That one gets me every time.
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    Dem: "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people."

    Rep: "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"
    'Nuff said, really.
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    Liberals find it very easy to be charitable with other people's money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StormRhydr View Post
    I actually happen to agree with you. And now for a related subject; Lawyer Jokes.

    They are put out there by the insurance industry & the AMA, to get the average Joe to be against lawyers & law suits. To portray plaintiffs in law suits as "greedy", not wanting to work, hoping to win the lottery, etc.

    Lets try and do better, shall we?
    Alright.....so how is this a mis-representation?

    Seriously though, there are those lawyers who make a living chasing ambulances. They have no concern for the law, or their client, their only concern is how much they can make off the suit. They are the ones who give the public a bad taste for them all.
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    Wow, they are coming out of the woodwork like roaches now. Hee Haw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StormRhydr View Post
    I actually happen to agree with you. And now for a related subject; Lawyer Jokes.

    They are put out there by the insurance industry & the AMA, to get the average Joe to be against lawyers & law suits. To portray plaintiffs in law suits as "greedy", not wanting to work, hoping to win the lottery, etc.

    Lets try and do better, shall we?
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