Subsequent to my articles in the Papers lately, I received the following internal work email. After you’ve read it, read my reply back of what really happened in this story:
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2007 11:17 AM
Subject: Do you understand?
The Differences Between A Republican & Democrat…I’ll keep it simple.
Fred Thompson and Hillary were walking down the street when they came to a homeless person. DC has a lot of them.
The Republican, Fred Thompson, gave the homeless person his business card and told him to come to his office for a job. He then took $20 out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person. Hillary was very impressed, so when they came to another homeless person, she decided to help. She walked over to the homeless person and gave him directions to the welfare office. She then reached into Thompson’s pocket and got out $20. She kept $15 for her administrative fees and gave the homeless person $5.
Now, do you understand the difference??
(and Jerry’s Response)
HERE’S WHAT REALLY HAPPENED:
On three successive days, the three major Republican Presidential candidates individually went walking through a poor section of D.C. in made-for-tv events to prove Republicans really care about poverty and the homeless.
On the first day, during Fred Thompson’s walk, a homeless man approached him and begged for money, saying “he hadn’t had a decent meal or night’s sleep in over a year…could he help out”. Thompson proclaimed loudly to the V camera’s that he’d be GLAD to give the man money AND a job and handed him an envelope. He then walked on. The man opened the envelope and inside it had a note that said “you’ll get your money back in my new proposed tax cut. Your job is waiting for you at the Army recruiting office”. The man despaired.
The next day John McCain went walking through the same neighborhood and the man approached him with the same request. McCain said he’d like to help but his campaign was broke. Could the homeless man possibly make a campaign contribution? The man slowly shook his head and walked away again in despair.
The third day Rudy Giuliani went walking through the same neighborhood, so the man thought he’d give it one more try and approached the candidate. Giuliani said “I’ll do for you the same thing I did for the homeless in New York” and had the man arrested for vagrancy.
A few hours later the homeless man got out of jail. Although his pride had prevented him in the past, the man was desperate for food and sleep and finally went to a homeless shelter where he received a hot meal and a bed.
As he lay down on his cot after eating, he observed a sign on the wall which said “This shelter is made possible by a generous donation from the William J. Clinton Foundation.”