Apr 23, 2017

The $50.00 Lesson

Author Unknown

One typical balmy and sunny California weekend, my next-door neighbor Ted and I talked while working on our respective front yard flower beds when the thirty-something couple and their 10-year-old son, who recently moved in a couple of houses down, were on their way home from walking their dog, stopped by to chat.

During the conversation, Ted asked the son what he wanted to be when he grew up. The boy said he wanted to be President someday.

His parents beamed with pride!

Then, Ted asked, "What would be the first thing you would do if you became President?"

He replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people."

"Wow, what a worthy goal!" Ted remarked.

His parents, who were apparently staunch, young California Democrats, beamed with pride even more!

"But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that," Ted continued.

"What do you mean?" the little guy asked.

So, Ted told him, "You can come over to my house, mow my lawn, pull the weeds, and trim my hedge, and I'll pay you $50. You can then go over to the nearby 7-11 store where a certain homeless guy often hangs out, and give him the $50 to buy some food and hopefully save for a house."

After a few seconds, the boy looked Ted straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't that homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"

Ted remarked, "That's exactly what the Republicans would say."

-Contributed by Ralph

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