A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a webpage that has an interesting story about an experiment in wealth redistribution. I’m not sure who the author of the article is but I though it was interesting. It’s appropriately titled “Redistribution of Wealth”.
Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign the read “Vote Obama, I need the money.” I laughed.
Once in the restaurant my server had on a “Obama 08″ tie, again I
laughed–just imagine the coincidence.
Suddenly, it hit me. An experiment is in order.
I asked the server, did he really believe that Obama’s platform was a good one? Yes, he did.
When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept.
He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his
tip to someone who I deemed more in need – the homeless guy outside. The
server angrily stormed from my sight.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10, and told him to thank the server
inside as I’ve decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was
At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter
was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn, even though the
actual recipient needed the money more.
I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept
than in practical application – at least if it is your wealth that is being redistributed.