This is pretty clever. A student asks other students to sign a petition asking them to redistribute grades, taking away points from good students and giving them to poor students.
The reaction is great.
April 21, 2011
April 21, 2011 at 3:35 am
Hilarious! This puts it in terms they can understand (and it's not at all a flawed analogy–it's a very good one).
April 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm
They should have told the guy, well that's okay if you don't sign, I'll just go ask the 90% of the people who are not getting the good grades and they will approve it.
April 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm
It's flawed. You don't pay taxes with GPAs; you pay taxes with income. When 2% of the nation owns more than 50% of our nation's wealth, that's a problem. When billionaires are only paying 15% taxes while middle income Americans are paying 25%, that's a problem. Trivializing real economic injustice with GPAs may be an attractive distractor, but it simply doesn't do anything but that: distract from reality.
April 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm
Good, Anonymous, then you are ok with a 10% tax break for the middle class, taxes for the rich can stay the same, and the poor get a 15% tax hike. I like your style.
April 22, 2011 at 12:10 am
I think the video's striking. It's always easier to take away someone else's something precious.
Although the analogy does suffer a bit when discussing inherited money that isn't earned. A student certainly earns all of their GPA, but money can come to someone in a variety of non-earned ways. That flaw being acknowledged, it's still a fun video.
April 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm
For this to be accurate, the student who received the good grades would have to had bribed the teacher to give him all the easy quesitons leaving the difficult ones for the other students…..
April 23, 2011 at 3:01 am
Inherited money has already been taxed. I should have the right to hand out my $ any way I want and I should not have any concerns that anyone will be putting their sticky hands on it again.
I earned it, I paid taxes on it, I get to hand it out as I see fit in no way is the government entitled to any more of my hard earned money simply b/c who I wish to hand it to didn't earn it. I did earn it.
My money, my choice. Keep your hands off my money. It's a personal choice. Don't you think I know best what to do with my money.
Oh wait, that's a different discussion apparently choice only applies to distribution of the content of my womb, not my money. I get it now!!
April 23, 2011 at 3:50 am
If you can handout your money any way you wish, then students can handout their GPAs any way they wish. It's a ridiculous analogy designed to protect who? The wealthy who are the only ones prospering in these hard economic times? I can understand why the wealthy should start getting nervous, middle income Americans are starting to get fed-up with greedy Wall Street and big corporations taking money out of the pockets of all of us for their own greedy agendas. It's time for this greedy madness to stop and even CONSERVATIVE middle income Americans are getting fed up with the excessive greed of Wall Street bankers and other excessively wealthy unpatriotic citizens taking advantage of their wealth and power over average Americans.
April 23, 2011 at 4:05 am
Greedy business people, what a boring meme.
Site something more factual than your opinion. If I want the Left's opinion I'll turn on the propoganda machine and watch a little prime time TV.
April 23, 2011 at 4:19 am
Mean while, those of us who live and WORK our happy rear ends off in the real world. Those of us who have to CUT BACK when money gets tight. Those of us who scrape together a few dollars to make ends meet when the going gets tight. Those of us who by being frugal are able to pass along a few bucks to WHOM EVER WE SEE FIT DON'T EXPECT TO BE TAXED AGAIN ON THAT MONEY.
We don't have a happy dappy fit and trash our parent's house, or the State Capital buildings when we have to make due with less, we just get on with it.
Greedy business people taking advantage of their wealth and power, what a joke. I see greed all over the place. Give me, give me, give me. I see greed all right.
April 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm
You are uninformed. It's ok with you that 4 billion dollars of subsidies go to big oil companies during a time of record profits? WHILE we are paying even MORE at the pump?! WHO'S SIDE ARE YOU ON ANYWAY?! My hunch is that Christ would be on the side of people with families, NOT HUGE GREEDY OIL COMPANIES taking advantage of struggling families. Stop watching fox news. You know their talking points to well. Think for yourself and look at the facts.
April 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm
I NEVER would have voted republican had they been upfront and honest and campaigned on an anti-workers' rights platform. They were dishonest with middle income Americans. It is not policemen, firemen, school teachers or any public workers who are the cause of this economic crisis. This economic disaster was brought on by greedy wealthy Wall Street – and that is UNdisputable; it is FACT. Stop giving politicians a free pass to protect the wealthy at the expense of a suffering middle class.
April 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm
Site your facts, w/o backup you are simply spewing your leftist leaning opinion.
GREEDY is an accusation I hear a great deal from those who REFUSE to alter their consumption driven lifestyle one iota in order to bring budgets into line with revenues.
Get real dupa hat, the economic disaster was brought on by congress demanding that unqualified borrowers be given loans they could not afford.
April 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm
Site YOUR facts. What makes you think I have "leftist" leaning opinions vs. your NON-rightist leaning opinions? "Greedy" is an acusation but "dupa hat" is not name-calling? Face it. Even conservative leaning middle income people are fed up with the war on the middle class. It's time for politicians to stop listening to the wealthy and well-connected and get in touch with the struggling middle income people of this nation. Gas is $4 a gallon, this has a MUCH greater impact on the average middle income family MUCH MORE than it does on a wealthy family. There is NOTHING you can say to make it otherwise. Stop defending the ones who need no defense and stand up for the ones that do. It's the right thing to do.
April 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Show me facts as to taxes not paid by oil companies and I will consider whole heartedly jumping on the band wagon. So far the entire argument is speculation and annoyance as to the high cost of gas.
Facts site facts.
In the mean time chew on this: Eat the rich:
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