Given the opportunity I may try this…
Today on my way to lunch with my I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read “Vote Obama, I need the money.”… I laughed.
Once in the restaurant my server had on a “Obama 08” button. Once again I laughed as he had given away his political preference… just imagine the coincidence.
When the bill came I paid cash but decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need (the homeless guy outside). The server angrily stormed from my sight.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I decided he (the homeless guy) could use the money more than him (the server). The homeless guy was happy… and I felt like a successful politician.
At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the recipient clearly needed money more than him.
I guess redistribution of wealth is easier to swallow in concept than in practical application.