Next week’s US presidential elections are preying heavily on the minds of our US petchem brethren. What will the new administration be doing on all the hot petchem topics: offshore drilling, onshore drilling, ethanol, eco-labels, REACH-style registration of chemicals?
Yesterday on my way to lunch at a local restaurant, I passed a homeless guy in the parking lot with a sign that read “Vote Obama, I need the money.” In the restaurant, my waiter had on an “Obama 08″ tee shirt.
When the bill came, I decided not to tip the waiter and explained to him while he had given me exceptional service, that his tee shirt made me feel he obviously believes in Senator Obama’s plan to redistribute the wealth.
I told him I was going to redistribute his tip to someone that I deemed more in need —the homeless guy outside. He stood there in disbelief and angrily stormed away.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $5 and told him to thank the waiter inside, as I had decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy looked at me in disbelief but seemed grateful.
As I got in my car, I realized this rather unscientific redistribution experiment had left the homeless guy quite happy for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn.
I guess this redistribution of wealth is going to take a while to catch on with those doing the work.
“Barack Obama, what a guy. He is actually going door to door, knocking on doors in a neighborhood, asking people if they’ll vote for him. Coincidentally, John McCain is also going door to door, except when he knocks on a door, he says, ‘Do I live here?’” –
3 The White House
Yesterday, in Washington, I don’t know if you heard about this, the Secret Service arrested a man who climbed over the White House fence. True story, yeah. Yeah, the Secret Service told the man, ‘Get back here, Mr. President. You have two more months.’