Posted by: Patrick Barbanes | October 29, 2008

We Get Letters….

So I received a “cute” political “joke” aimed at Obama in my email. It was titled “Here Is An Example of Obama’s Distribution Of WEALTH!!” I thought I’d post it here, and post my reply. Talk among yourselves.

Yesterday on my way to lunch at Applebee’s with my wife, I passed one of those homeless guys in the area with a sign that read, “Vote Obama, I need the money!.”

Once in Applebee’s, my waiter had on a “Obama 08” tee shirt.

When the bill came, I decided not to tip the waiter and explained to him while he had given my wife and I exceptional service, that his tee shirt made me feel he obviously believes in Senator Obama’s plan to redistribute the wealth, so I told him I was going to redistribute his tip to someone that I deemed more in need–the homeless guy outside. He stood there in disbelief and angrily stormed away.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $3 and told him to thank the waiter inside, as I had decided he could use the money more than him. The homeless guy looked at me in disbelief, but seemed grateful.

As I got in my car, I realized this rather unscientific redistribution of the wealth experiment had left the homeless guy quite happy for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn.

Well….I guess this redistribution of wealth thing is going to take a while to catch on with those doing the work.

Now, do people really fall for something simplistic like that? Is that realllly supposed to be a good example of someone’s economics? Guess that’s why people like Warren Buffett (some rich guy) and Paul Volcker (you know, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve under RONALD REAGAN) are endorsing and advising the Obama campaign. Maybe they just haven’ I’m sure that once they read it, they’ll slap themselves on the head, look up, see a little lightbulb going off, and realize that…yes…Obama IS a socialist!!! Thank God I read that joke! Or…maybe not.

Anywho, here’s the reply I sent back:

That’s interesting, because a similar thing happened to me, too! It wasn’t at Appleby’s, though.

I’m a salesman and I had called on Hewlett-Packard for years. One day I couldn’t get my calls returned from one of the Accounting reps I worked with there. I drove to his house, and up the driveway past the McCain/Palin sign in his yard. He invited me in and said he’d been laid off from H-P. Not because of poor performance on his part, but because Carly Fiorina, the CEO decided to “change direction.” In fact, he was just one of about 20,000 H-P employees that she laid off. Well, that’s business, I told him – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. He said I was a cold bastard and that his two weeks severance pay wouldn’t last very long.

Then he told me that poor Carly got laid off, too. Fired, actually, by the Board. Because she’d almost run the company into the ground. I learned that she got $41 million to walk away. Something called a “golden parachute.”

So I wrote a letter to Carly asking her to maybe share some of that $41 million with my friend and with the other 20,000 people she laid off. Her personal assistant replied that Carly was too busy to look at my proposal because she was travelling the country advising the McCain campaign on economic issues.

As I got into my car to leave his house, I realized that Carly Fiorina was quite happy with the money she had earned ruining a company, but the accountant who did a good job but got laid off was pretty unhappy.

Well…life’s not fair. He’ll get over it. And it’s good to know one of the presidential candidates has such good economic advisors, anyway.



  1. Nice Site layout for your blog. I am looking forward to reading more from you.

    Tom Humes

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