Liberal Daughter vs. Conservative Father

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth. She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school. Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no 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 she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?”

She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”

Her wise father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, and how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail
off!”

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the Republican party.”

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  1. Amen! Let me just preface my comment that I do think there is a need for temporary assistance.

    I was a school counselor in a very rural, poor school district. I was teaching a lesson about careers to second graders and one little boy said he wanted to draw when he grew up. I was very encouraging and said, “oh, an artist, what do you want to draw?”. He looked at me funny and said, “I don’t want to be an artist I want to draw a check the first of each month.” Government assistance is a lifestyle for many people.

    The fact is we really need so little of what this world has to offer. Our pastor was talking about an area in Sudan and said we think oh, if they only had a microwave their life would be much better. The reality is if they had a relationship with Jesus their life would be so much better. It struck me how often I think my life would be better if I had some material item and how often all my “stuff” gets in the way of my relationship with Christ.

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