April 10, 2011 by Joseph Krohn
A young woman was about to finish her first year of university. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very Liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favour of higher taxes to support more government programmes, in other words a “redistribution of wealth“.
She was deeply ashamed that her parents were staunch Conservatives, 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 parents had for years harboured an evil, selfish desire to keep what they thought should be theirs.
One day she was challenging her mother on her opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programmes. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her mother.
Her mother responded by asking how she was doing in school.
Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 94% average, and let her 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 university friends, because she spent all her time studying.
Her mother 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 60% average. She is popular on campus and university for her is a big 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 mother asked her daughter, ‘Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 17% off your average and give it to your friend who only has a 60%. That way you will both have a 77% average, and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of marks.’
The daughter, visibly shocked by her mother’s suggestion, angrily fired back, ‘That’s a crazy idea, 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 mother slowly smiled, winked and said gently, ‘Welcome to The Conservative Party.’