Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"A Unionized Teacher, a Tea Party Member, and a CEO Are Sitting at a Table..."

Current status of a friend on Facebook:

A unionized teacher, a Tea Party member, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the Tea Party member and says, "Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie." Reposted - pass it on.
High-larious! But let's try this another way:
A unionized teacher, a Tea Party member, the CEO of a "green" corporation, and President Obama are sitting at a table. Excited at participating in our democratic process, the Tea Party member shares a plate with a dozen cookies that she'd baked for the meeting.

President Obama reaches across the table and takes 10 cookies. Then he looks at the CEO of the "green" corporation and says "Thanks for all your support on cap-and-trade, health reform, and the Stimulus. Here are seven cookies in bailouts, green-energy subsidies, Stimulus funds, and other 'investments' in our future. Even better, here's an extra special waiver cookie that exempts you from the new health reform law you just supported!"

President Obama then looks at the unionized teacher and says, "Thanks for all your hard work teaching our nation's children. Here's eight cookies, but only five actually go to your salary and your classroom. And I'll just keep one of the other three cookies, since it'll come right back to me as campaign contributions from your union anyway. But don't worry! When you retire, I promise you'll still get a big percentage of your usual yearly cookies, no matter how many cookies in all that means, guaranteed!"

Confused by his accounting, the Tea Party member scratches her head and asks, "President Obama, you just took 10 of my 12 cookies, but you gave away 16!"

Looking sternly at the Tea Party member, President Obama replies, "Your grandchildren better get busy baking then, shouldn't they?"
UPDATE: Mrs. Copious takes issue with the realism of President Obama snatching up 10 of the 12 cookies. I agree that's overstating the tax rate, but considering the original joke had the CEO taking 11 cookies, I thought having the president take only 10 was fair turnabout. Besides, 10 cookies made the rest of the math a lot easier to work out in my head, because as everyone knows, math is hard.