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Subject:  Re: The Bush Tax Cut Date:  4/2/2001  12:19 PM
Author:  justpatrick Number:  35284 of 757648

Actually, this analogy only works if the 10th man is married - if single, he would get a miniscule cut, paying maybe $58 instead of $60.

The 10th man is making so much money that whether he is married or not does not make much of a difference. Although, if you would like to change the story, I'm more than willing to give it a shot.

Four people go to dinner. A married couple and two of their friends who have decided to continue dating for a few more years before taking the plunge. Having thought ahead, they went to a restaurant where they could all use a coupon for their food. This way, they could all share equally.

The 4 separate checks arrive, the married couple pulls out their coupons, put them together and slap in the old credit card. Their two friends, not being married and not realizing that what is hers is his and his is hers...each pays for their own.

The waiter picks up the bills, but has to return the one to the married couple. It seems that they are only able to use one coupon per bill. When asked to split the bill, he has to tell them that he can split it, but because they are married they can still only use the one coupon.

To solve this problem, the couple gets divorced and then lives happily ever after.


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