I may have mentioned in passing that my oldest daughter is a Girl Scout. They just got done with the annual cookie sales campaign, and she outsold everyone in her troop by a long shot. She accounted for almost half her troop’s entire sales, and did it by going out nearly every afternoon after school and on the weekends. Her troop was supposed to be working really had to earn money for a big outing they have planned later in the spring.
Through her own hard work, she earned enough to pay for the trip, including lodging, transportation, etc. The thing is, she doesn’t get to keep what she earned. The communists are going to make sure everyone gets their “fair” share, and so the lazy kids that didn’t have the initiative or work ethic to sell aggressively will benefit from her labor.
She was almost in tears when she was informed that all the hard work she put into sales was going to be redistributed to the kids that didn’t work as hard as she did. “That’s not fair!” she said. As a result of this little communist farce, two things are going to happen.
The first is that she and her mother are going to have to find another way to make money, one where she actually gets to keep the money she needs to pay for her trip.
The second is her decision to stop devoting so much time and effort to a serially unfair enterprise. She’s already announced that she’s not going to put in the effort to next year’s cookie sales, so you can expect the troop’s overall sales output to plummet.
I’d like to thank the Girls Scouts for this life lesson. Only 12, my daughter has learned about the brutal unfairness of socialist economics, and now knows firsthand why hard-working people who want to keep the fruits of their own hard work abandon a system where those that do so little of the work end up reaping so many of the benefits they didn’t earn.
She’s a hardcore capitalist now, all thanks to the Girl Scouts. What am awesome, if serially unfair lesson.