I was interviewing a little girl, the daughter of some friends of ours, about what she wanted to be when she grew up. She answered
that she wanted to be the president of the United States of America. I asked her, “What would be the first thing you would do if
you were elected president?” She said that she would give food and houses to all the homeless people. Her parents, both staunch
Democrats, swelled up behind her, beaming with pride.
I said, “Well, that is a very noble thing to do. But why wait until you are
president? You could do that right now.”
"I could?” she asked.
“Sure,” I said. “You could come to my house and rake leafs, pick
up sticks out of the yard then mow the lawn and I would pay you $50. Then I could take you down to the grocery store where the homeless
men hang out and you could give one of them the $50 so they could buy food.”
She looked pensive for a few moments, then looked up
and asked, “Why don't we just take the homeless man to your house and let HIM rake the leafs, pick up sticks and mow your lawn, then
he could buy his own food?”
"Welcome to the Republican party kid,” I replied.
Her parents have not spoken to me since.