In its simplest form of wealth redistribution, one might assume this analogy would simplify it down for the "Joe the Plumbers" who just don't get it.
In conversation from one guy to another:
"Today on my way to lunch, I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read 'Vote Obama, I need the money.' I laughed."
"Once in the resaurant, my server had on an 'Obama '08' tie, and again I laughed as he had given away his political preference. Can you imagine the coincidence?"
"When the bill came I 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 redistibute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need - the homeless guy. Boy was he upset!"
"I can imagine. I would be too."
"So, I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside. I told him I thought he could use it more than my server. He was pretty excited and thanked me."
"Dude, did you really do that?
"Yeah, you bet! So, at the end of my rather unscientific redistibution experiment, I realized that the homeless dude was grateful for the money he didn't earn, but the waiter guy was REALLY upset that I gave his money away that he earned. But I thought the homeless dude needed it way more than the waiter."
In the end, redistribution of wealth is great for some, but a joke to others.