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Subject:  The Bush Tax Cut Date:  3/30/2001  11:22 PM
Author:  galeno Number:  35136 of 875620

Every night, 10 men met at a restaurant for dinner. At the end of the meal, the bill would arrive. They owed $100 for the food that they shared.

Every night they lined up in the same order at the cash register. The first four men paid nothing at all. The fifth, grumbling about the unfairness of the situation, paid $1. The sixth man, feeling very generous, paid $3. The next three men paid $6, $12 and $18, respectively.

The last man was required to pay the remaining balance, $60. He realized that he was forced to pay for not only his own meal but most of the unpaid balance left by the first seven men.

The 10 men were quite settled into their routine when the restaurant threw them into chaos by announcing that it was cutting its prices.

Now dinner for the 10 men would only cost $80. This clearly would not affect the first four men. They still ate for free. The fifth and sixth men both claimed their piece of the $20 right away. The fifth decided to forgo his $1 contribution so now five men ate for free. The sixth pitched in $2, instead of $3, for a 33% cut. The seventh man paid $5 instead of $7, the eighth paid $9 instead of $12, and the ninth man paid $14 instead of $18. That left the last man with a bill of $50 instead of $60.

Outside of the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings, and angry outbursts began to erupt.

The sixth man yelled, "I only got $1 out of the $20, and he got $10," pointing at the last man.

The fifth man joined in. "Yeah! I only got $1 too. It is unfair that he got ten times more than me."

The seventh man cried, "Why should he get $10 back when I only got $2?"

The first four men followed the lead of the others: "We didn't get ANY of the $20. Where is our share?"

The nine men formed an outraged mob, surrounding the 10th man.

The nine angry men carried the 10th man up to the top of a hill and lynched him.

The next night, the nine remaining men met at the restaurant for dinner.

But when the bill came, there was not enough money to pay for it.
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