Brothers Steve & Tommy set out on their annual Halloween jaunt with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. After all, their mom had told them this was to be “an Obama Halloween.” She explained that two well-known newspapers, the New York Times and Washington Post were sponsoring the event.
Knowing their mother’s zeal in support of Barack Obama, this could only mean good things for Halloween. At first, nothing could have been better. The two brothers were getting large amounts of candy. All of the candy givers seemed to be in a good mood. However, as the night wore on, the candy collection became more difficult for Steve. As his legs began to tire, he refused to make the long trek to some of the houses. Tommy, however, though he was equally as tired, continued in his perseverance and managed to get to all of the houses. Being the kind brother that he was, Tommy encouraged Steve to continue collecting. Unfortunately, Steve just did not have the fortitude and said it was just too hard to continue. Tommy conceded to Steve’s complaints, but did remind Steve several times that at the end of the night he wouldn’t have as much candy as he. He would have no one else to blame but himself. Steve nonchalantly shrugged his shoulders.
When they finally finished trick-or-treating, they headed for home. Tommy had a difficult time carrying his bag, as it was so full of candy. Steve, on the other hand, had a much lighter load and he skipped down the street. When they arrived home, their mother asked if they had stopped by City Hall. The boys responded they had not. Mother reminded the two that this was an “Obama Halloween” and a surprise awaited them at City Hall. The boys could hardly contain themselves as they raced with their bags to City Hall. A long line awaited them but seemed to move quickly. They saw a lot of their friends as their friends were exiting the building. Oddly enough, some seemed very happy yet others very sad.
As the boys reached the front of the line, they were asked to leave their bags on the counter to be weighed. They were then instructed to wait at the end of the counter until the “redistribution” was completed. The brothers were puzzled and mouthed to each other, “redistribution”? When they picked up their bags, Tommy noticed immediately how much lighter his was. Steve was surprised that his was so heavy. They asked a worker for an explanation. She explained that the average weight of all bags of candy collected that night was 3 lbs. Since Steve had only collected 1 lb., he was given two extra pounds of candy to bring him up to the “average” weight. On the other hand, Tommy had collected 8 lbs., therefore he had 5 lbs. taken away and “redistributed” to other kids with a lesser amount. The worker then stated that everyone should be happy, since all kids would now have an equal amount of candy.
It was a very quiet walk home. Neither boy seemed happy. Ironically, it was Steve who spoke first. “I am really sorry you had so much of your candy taken from you, Tommy. It just doesn’t seem fair. After all, I was the one who got tired right away; yet you continued on and worked so much harder! I like the extra candy that I received, but it’s not nearly as satisfying if I had earned it myself through my own hard work. In fact, it actually makes me sad to think that I got this extra candy, at your expense.”
“That’s okay, Steve. I’m glad you at least understand how I feel,” Tommy replied.
They both agreed that the “Obama Halloween” was not such a good idea after all. Their biggest hope is that it will not continue for the next four years!
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