The Sad Thing About This Story Is That This Has Already Been Happening For Years

Posted: November 2, 2008 in Commentary, Politics

Raising taxes PERIOD will only make it worse.

Income Redistribution – A fulfilling experiment when personally applied!
Lee Walton

Last Thursday while walking to lunch on the corner of Market and East Bay, I passed what appeared to be a homeless man standing on the corner of Wentworth and East Bay holding a hand-made sign that read, “Vote Obama, I need the money.”, I laughed to myself and admired the man for his misplaced, albeit blatant honesty.

Once inside one of my favorite restaurants, I noticed that my waiter was wearing a bright blue ,“Obama 08” tie; again I laughed to myself as he boldly and proudly advertised his political preference for all the world, and his customers, to see — just imagine the odds of encountering two such 1st Amendment harbingers of change in less than 10-minutes.

When the check finally came I decided not to tip my waiter and explained to him that I was going to implement a practical application of Obama’s Redistribution of Wealth concept as my own personal socialistic experiment. He stood there in stoic disbelief as I explained to him that I was going to redistribute his rightfully earned $10 tip to someone who I deemed more in need…a homeless fellow standing a few blocks north in front of the Harris Teeter parking lot. The waiter stammered a few “Why practice on me? I’m just a local college student!” retorts and then angrily stormed away from the table in a steaming huff of progressive self-righteous indignation.
Apparently, after experiencing firsthand the application of such socialistic governance from the perspective of the rightful wage earner, my young liberal-minded waiter was quickly convinced that income redistribution was much easier to support as a noble, magnanimous social policy than when his own hard-earned income was about to be redistributed, against his will, to another I deemed more needy.

I went outside, walked back up to Wentworth, gave the homeless guy a $10 bill, and asked him to walk down to the restaurant on the corner and thank the waiter there who was wearing the “Obama 08” tie as I’ve decided he could use the money more than my waiter who had actually earned the $10. The homeless fellow smiled in grateful disbelief, tossed his sign in the hedge, and promptly bounded for the liquor store across the street. (more…)

  1. Wil says:

    Stiffing a waiter proves nothing. Please see Luke 10:7

  2. Give it a rest says:

    First of all I call BS on this silly story! It really reads like a fairy tale.

    But I am willing to play along for the fun of it.

    I used to believe myself a conservative, but if this is the way “conservatives” behave and other conservatives are proud of this behavior I can’t play in this sandbox with what amounts to a bunch of small minded jerk-offs!

    On the one hand you like to talk about God here but than on the other it seems as though you can’t resist to promote actions like this BS that any “REAL” good Christian would find rather repuganent.

    Men that act like this are basically cowards anyway! The only thing acomplished here was screwing a hard working man out of money that he HONESTY earned. No point was proved and no good was achived. Where I come from the flip side of this act would have been the waiter and the rest of the crew following his A$$ out of the resturant. No violence would have occured but EVERYONE within shouting range would know how much of a jerk Lee Walton was.

    WOW, I guess he can’t get at Obama so an innocent (powerless) waiter will have to do. What a punk!

    It is no wonder why conservative are sterotyped as being stiff, uptight, and totally lacking. Doing stuff like this on a date with a real woman would lead to a very lonely night!

    Stories like this are rather interesting because how people respond to them say a lot about their character. The vast majority of people that read this will come away with the impression that the writer is a totally a$$hole yet there will always be the few “haters” that will enjoy hearing about how Walton made an Obama supporter “pay” for his support.

    Using Lee Walton’s same logic I guess if his boss were to piss him off really bad at work he will go home and beat his children!

  3. Duane says:

    Stiffing a waiter proves nothing.

    He didn’t stiff the waiter. He just “redistributed” his TIP to someone else in hopes of leveling the playing field. As a Obama supporter, this waiter should have had no problem spreading the love.

    The only thing acomplished here was screwing a hard working man out of money that he HONESTY earned.

    LOL! Ladies and gentlemen, HE GETS IT!!!!!

    Congrats! You get the picture.

  4. Wil says:

    Just for the sake of accuracy, Obama does not propose taxing all of someone’s money to give to someone else. a more accurate analogy would have been if the peabrained diner had given the person on the street two dollars, and the waiter eight. That’s the way you make the world a better place using your wealth.

  5. Duane says:

    Just for the sake of accuracy, Obama does not propose taxing all of someone’s money to give to someone else.


    These are TIPS we are talking about here, not total earnings.

    And yes you are quite right, Obama isn’t talking about taking all of somebody’s money–just a portion of it.

  6. Wil says:

    Just for fun: In McCain’s world, the diner would have had the police check the citizenship of the waiter AFTER he finished serving the meal and if he was a US citizen, with no criminal record, the diner would pay him a ten dollar tip for having served him a one thousand dollar meal. The homeless person would be either arrested or forced into a “facility” of some sort so that the diner would not have to look at him a he walked out from the restaurant. The homeless person would be fed the scraps of the diner’s meal (trickle down) while in the facility. The diner would go home to one of his eight mansions, the waiter would go home to an overpriced apartment (owned by the diner’s company) , or a little tract house (the mortgage is held by the diner’s company), either of which he would be slaving away to pay for out of his meagre salary.

  7. Duane says:

    the diner would have had the police check the citizenship of the waiter…

    Fine with that. If the waiter is illegal, kick him out of the country and make room for the homeless guy who may later want employment after he sobers up.

    Let’s continue with this homeless guy for a minute: Currently practically every city here in the United States, that homeless guy (provided that he his not mentally challenged) has opportunities galore to get off the street, find temporary shelter and get employment. The cost for taxpayers in an extreme example like San Francisco per homeless person can be upwards to $100k.

    In the meantime, let’s say this Obama supporter did get his $10 tip. He will act as most liberals and pocket his money, leave work, perhaps flip him a coin knowing full well that .25 is hardly enough to buy 1/2 of a bun from his restaurant, open up a savings account, buy clothes, etc. But to this waiter he feeeels good about himself because in his mind he has done something ‘positive’–not effective–positive. Yet this same waiter spends most of his day gritting his teeth at ‘rich’ customers for not tipping him well enough–just like this homeless guy.

  8. Give it a rest says:

    “Yet this same waiter spends most of his day gritting his teeth at ‘rich’ customers for not tipping him well enough–just like this homeless guy.”

    Exactly what worthwhile service has the homeless man performed for this waiter that the waiter should be tipping him for?

    Using Tips is a bad example anyway. Tips are NOT arbitray gifts given by the customer because they are nice diners. In just about every respected establishment you may dine in Tips are a mandatory part of the bill unless you prove bad service. I.E. the waiter is ENTITLED to a good and proper tip if they have provided good service to the customer and their party.

    Deciding to NOT Tip because the customer is a stingy bastard is just bad manners, behavior, and edicate on their part. The fact of the matter is a management can simply include the tip in the overall bill! I guess they created this practice because of “conservative” diners that like the good wine and service but always get “conservative” when it is time to pay up.

    “Cant stiff the resturant and the owner, but the poor slub waiting tables, screw him!” What the hell, he’s only a lowely waiter anyway.”

  9. Duane says:

    Exactly what worthwhile service has the homeless man performed for this waiter that the waiter should be tipping him for?

    YES! YES! YES! You are getting it!

  10. Wil says:

    If the restaurant represents the United States, with the owner being the president, the diner is the super elite rentier class, the waiter the working class, and the homeless person , the lower class:
    What happens if the restaurant owner charges the rich diners two dollars each to create a fund to help the homeless on his block? And rather than discarding extra, unused food he sends it to a soup kitchen. He then distributes to his waiters 3% of the earnings (net income) as a bonus, in addition to their tips. The diner, who can afford one thousand dollar meals and three thousand dollar wines, gives the waiter a 10% tip, which is low for him but a lot to the waiter. Everyone is happy, and the extra cost to the rich diner is of less significance than a paperclip.

  11. S. Cain says:

    I suppose such a small thing as ‘context’ is irrelevant, huh.

    WHY is the homeless man apparently without a house (bankrupt/war vet/mental illness)?
    WHERE are these place in which $10 is a common tip
    (if I wind up tipping more than $3, I tip exactly $5; any more means I don’t need to eat there)?
    WHAT college is this student attending (med school/community college/state university)?

    $700 *B*illion dollars of US taxpayer money is being currently (as in the money’s literally in the bank!) *Re-Distributed* to the wealthiest (and laziest? AIG’s trips?)people on the planet. Regulation requires effort. There was little to no regulation on the part of banks & the Federal Reserve, therefore…Basic Aristotelean logic debunks so much nonsense. I don’t see how any redistribution to the some of the nowhere-near-as-wealthiest (and laziest?) people on the planet gets the fierce resistance that Obama’s suggestion is receiving. Well, they have very little money, therefore they are lazy and deserve nil financial/ monetary assistance whatsoever? Yes, a people can find shelter easily in urban areas. That’s great! But shelter alone a wo/man does not make. Morale matters. Morality matters. I think it’s normal for a human being to have a deep set desire to provide for one’s loved ones, and even to society in general. S/he may be fed, and sheltered, but…s/he has hopes and dreams too. The freedom to choose to be employed for a wage isn’t as free as some may make it. Felon as a youth? Screwed as a man, in today’s America. No car? No can do. And even if they get employed…really, $7 an hour doesn’t hold a candle to $70k a year. “It’s a start”, but who are we kidding? And the finishing blow: How many of these people are even pointed in the direction of higher education? Of course the loans are out there.


    The lack of logic with appropriate context is bothersome.

    People want a hand out, because they need sincere help, AND a hand up- quite possibly for the same reason- simultaneously. The USA can apply the two ideals at same time! None of this false dichotomy crap. If we can’t afford guns and butter, we don’t deserve neither.

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