A young woman was about to finish her second year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat and was in favor of distribution of wealth.
She felt deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, which she expressed openly. One day she was challenging her father on his beliefs and his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare programs. Based on the lectures she had participated in and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that for years her father had obviously harbored an evil, even selfish, desire to keep what he thought should be his.
The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she said so to her father. He stopped her and asked her how she was doing in school. She answered that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was hard to maintain. She studied all the time, never had time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend and didn’t really have many college friends because of spending all her time studying because she was also taking a more difficult curriculum.
Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Mary doing?”
She replied, “Mary is barely getting by. She has a 2.0 GPA, and all she takes are easy classes and never studies.” “College for her is a lot more fun; she goes to all the parties and sometimes doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”
Her father then asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct a 1.0 off your 4.0 GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”
The daughter was shocked by her father’s suggestion and fired back, “That wouldn’t be fair! I worked really hard for my grades. Mary has done little or nothing and played while I worked!”
The father slowly smiled, winked and said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.”