16 September 2009
Obviously not a perfect analogy, but I found it cute nonetheless.
10 friends visit the same bar each night to have a few beers. The bill for the 10 comes to $100, and they choose to split it according to the Socialist way in which they pay taxes; i.e. a proportional scale according to wealth.
The 10 had agreed to this scale, and so they were content, until one day the barman said, “You guys are such good clients, that I’m going to reduce your daily bill by $20. From this point forward, you’ll pay $80.”
The group wanted to continue sharing the bill proportionally, so that the four poorest would still continue to drink free. But how should they divide the $20 savings among the six that had previously been paying?
Simply dividing the $20 equally between the six ($3.33 each) would result in the 5th and 6th getting paid to drink, so the barman suggested they distribute the $20 savings using the same proportional scale that originally determined how much each paid in the first place.
Each of the six paying friends ended up in a situation better than before. The original four contiued to drink free, as well, now, as the fifth. However, upon leaving bar, something odd happened – they began to compare their savings:
The angry first nine circled the 10th, and beat him up.
The next night, the 10th naturally decided not to join his “friends” at the bar. Unfortunately, when it came time for the remaining 9 to pay their bill, between all of them, they couldn’t come up with even half the money needed.