A grandma and a CEO walk into a bar…!
The grandma is a Democrat and the CEO is a Republican. They belly up to the bar to toast America. “Drinks on us!” As the bartender hands her a weak gin-and-tonic and him a strong double-malt scotch, he asks them: “So what do you most like about America?” They both answer: “Its welfare!” Immediately a fight breaks out in the joint.
Crazy, huh? I mean, they’re both toasting welfare, right? But that one simple word has a dozen different meanings.Take another single simple word like love. See how differently it gets used: I love scotch, I love the Yankees, I love my children, I love the mountains, I love God.
About now in America, CEOs all over the land are pointing to the collapse of the European economy. “It’s what happens when you create a giant, money-spending Welfare State that chokes off initiative and free enterprise.” Meanwhile about now, grandmas all over the land are praying to FDR and LBJ: “I’d be dead by now if they hadn’t passed welfare safety nets like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”
Just then an insurance agent walks in. He orders a shot-and-a-beer explaining to the mob: “Settle down, you silly bastards, and check those insurance policies I sold you.” What’s insurance got to do with anything? “Just this. Since the beginning of time, strong healthy people have been willing to pool their money today just in case someday they’ll need it. Not everyone needs it at the same time, but eventually everyone will. You gave me your money, told me to hold it until the right time.”
“Only difference here is, grandma needs her money now. The big guy will need it later. Not really such a bad bet, now is it?” They started thinking about that. They’ve got until November to decide.
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