Thursday, October 30, 2008

Re-distribution of wealth via Chili's

Though unscientific, the story below does a good job of explaining in simple terms the dems idea of wealth re-distribution...or socialism, whichever title you prefer. I wonder if those voting for Obama have thought through the ramifications of his plan? I would venture to guess they have not. I will never get use to someone taking the money my husband works so hard to earn and giving it to someone who is not willing to go out and get a job! Can someone please explain to me how that is a good thing???

received via e-mail

Yesterday on my way to Chili's for lunch, I passed one of the homeless guys in that area, with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money."

Once in Chili'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 me exceptional service, that his tee shirt made me feel he obviously believes in Senator Obama's plan to redistribute the wealth. 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. The homeless guy looked at me in disbelief but seemed grateful.

As I got in my car, I realized this rather unscientific redistribution experiment had left the homeless guy quite happy for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was hacked that I gave away the money he did earn. Well, I guess this redistribution of wealth is going to take a while to catch on, with those doing the work.


  1. Wow. I've been following this blog for a long time and this post surprises me.

    I have to believe that God will put in authority the one that is supposed to be there. If for some reason that is not how this whole voting thing works, then I have to believe that God will make good of what happens no matter what.

    I also believe that the money I have is not my own. Not my own when it comes to how I give at church. Not my own when it comes to how I spend elsewhere. Aren't we supposed to give back to God what is already His? I don't get angry when I tithe. I trust that my church is going to manage God's money well. I worked hard for that money and I know that a lot of it is used to help the unfortunate (homeless, jobless, etc.)

    If both of those above paragraphs are true, then do we not have to respect the authority over us? 1 Peter 2:13-14... For the Lord's sake, accept all authority – the king as the head of state, and the officials he has appointed.... I have to trust how the person in authority over this country will spend my money.

    I don't understand what good was done by denying someone who worked for their tip in the way this post describes.

  2. Lynn,

    Thank you for your comments. I agree with the first paragraph - God will certainly put into office whom He wants in office. However, that does not mean that the person in office will spend our money wisely. I do not agree with the way Senator Obama is proposing to tax and spend.

    I think your equating tithing to taxation is interesting. Yes, I tithe joyfully, with certainly no restraints on how the money is used. I trust those in the leadership of our church to make godly choices. If I knew there was blatant mismanagement of the church's finances by those in leadership, then there would be cause for concern, just as there is cause for concern with how the government is spending the money.

    I don't even know for sure if this story is true since, as I stated, it was received via e-mail. I posted it for the simple way it explained Obama's re-distribution of wealth policy. You stated that no good was done in denying the waiter the tip he had earned. My point exactly. What good is done by denying those who work hard the money they deserve? Does that mean we are not to help the poor? Certainly not, but Obama's plan of "equality" is not the way to help anyone.

    Thank you again for sharing your thoughts in such a respectful manner. I appreciate the chance to dialoge about it.

  3. I understand your point. This is certainly an interesting dialog.
    I guess I just feel that none of the money I have is really my own. I don't worry about taxes because the money isn't mine. I'm to give to Cesar what belongs to him.
    Why is it OK for the church to help the homeless and jobless but not the government?

  4. Lynn,

    I believe if the church were doing its job in helping those God has called us to help, there would be no need for the government to be involved at all. The government's form of help is not a way out of circumstances, but merely a hand-out. It is a vicious cycle that enables, or in some cases forces recipients to continue on the same path.

    You are correct - our money is not our own, but God's. We are to be good stewards. Therefore when we 'give to Caesar what is Caesar's' it releases us of responsibility and places it squarely on the shoulders of those to whom it is given. They will be held accountable for how it is spent and from what I can tell, Dems and Republicans alike will ultimately have some explaining to do.

    Thank you again for sharing your ideas.

  5. Hi Ang!
    Candy at posted an article her husband had written a few months back. It was very good and what it pointed out was that we should certainly desire to help people out of the goodness of our own hearts and because God calls us to, but when we are told that we HAVE to give to others, then thats no longer liberty.

    What we can do is pray, pray, and then pray some more.

    Hey, if you're ever around Ohio, why don't you stop by and I'll whip you up a Jenn's version of a Starbuck's Caramel Machiatto and we can sit and NOT talk politics! Sound good? Oh, okay, I'll throw in some Chocolate Truffle Cakes too! :)

  6. Jenn,

    What a great offer! It would be worth a trip to OH for some girl talk, coffee and serious chocolate. My hubby use to travel to OH (Cleveland) every six weeks with his last job.


  7. LOL! Ok, that flat out made me laugh out loud. I'm glad I'm not drinking anything. ;)

    It's an interesting analogy. We used a similar one - if I want to give the waitress who makes less than I do, in the restaurant down the block a big tip, because she's raising 6 kids - I will. But do I want the government telling me they are taking 1/3 of my income away so they can give it to the waitress? Not alot!!

    I don't think I've ever commented on your blog, but I read every one of your posts. Thanks for all the work you do!

  8. Lalycairn,

    Point well spoken! Thank you for taking the time to comment. It is nice to know people are reading.

  9. First, whether that event really occured, or not, it is a great object lesson. Something to think about!
    Second, I love the conversation going through your comment section. It's good when we can talk with each other to gain greater understanding. Nice job, Angela.

  10. I was appalled at what transpired at the Chili's! This is a "free" country and each person has the right to vote for whomever they choose...regardless of what anyone thinks! Who gives you the right to be judge and jury and procecute a person for their political beliefs?? I can't believe anyone would do such a thing!! Espeically a "christian"! This is how christians get branded as "hypocritical"! So, if I choose to vote for Obama or McCain that is my God given right and it's not up to my fellow man to persecute me for "my" choice on whom I feel will best fit "my" needs. I was very disappointed in you Angela!

  11. Anonymous,

    There is much I could say in response, but since you have chosen to hide behind the guise of anonymity rather than sign your name, I will not dialog with you about this. If you would like to comment again and sign your name then we could discuss this as mature adults.

  12. Interesting point and interesting dialogue which you have handled with much grace! Not suprisingly, I agree with you and find in disturbing that those who would give the President the right to redistribute our wealth disagree emphatically when a common man (real or ficticious) does it himself.

    Tomorrow's going to be interesting.....

  13. Hilarious!! LOVE it. :) Can I stick this on my facebook? :)

    Anonymous up there clearly doesn't get it. You weren't at all saying they can't vote for who they want to. Anyonymous comments drive me INSANE. WIMPY.


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