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The Parable of the Tax Cuts

25 April 2001

Two guys, Karl and Ken go into the world's greatest, most spacious, stupendous all-purpose store. This store sells everything. Karl picks up a CD that he wanted. The clerk charges him $25 and Karl pays and leaves.

Ken searches for just the right yacht and finds it several miles down aisle "Y and J" (for yachts and jets). What a beauty! Ken pays $250,000 for it.

That night George, the manager of the store, realizes that a big mistake has been made. Both Karl and Ken along with 98 other customers have been overcharged by that mathematically challenged new cashier who graduated with honors from the local high school.

George immediately calls both Karl and Ken and the 98 others to tell them to come in and get their refunds. Karl and Ken arrive at the same time and meet George at the cash register. George is giving refunds to all the customers who were overcharged. George now explains to Karl and Ken that he is very sorry that he took too much money and he is now going to return the extra charge. He gives $5 back to Karl because the CD was only supposed to be $20, not $25. George then gives $50,000 back to Ken because the yacht was only supposed to be $200,000, not $250,000.

Karl goes ballistic!

"Hey, hold on!" he screams. "That's unfair! I'm only getting back $5 and that guy is getting back $50,000!"

Before George can say anything, a woman pipes up: "I only got back $3."

"Miss," George says, "You bought a blow dryer that was supposed to be $17 and we charged you $20. We're giving you back...."

"Wait just one minute," says another man. "I only got back 25 cents."

"But you bought a magazine," says George.

"Excuse me," says a distinguished gentleman, "I am a math teacher. In fact, I taught your cashier. Do you realize that the fellow over there is getting back over 99 percent of all the money returned today? I mean, there are one hundred people who bought things yesterday, I counted them just now, and he is just one percent of the people who were shortchanged. Why should he get 99 percent of the money?"

"I say we vote on who gets money back," suggests another woman.

"Yeah, let's vote," says a young man. "I say only the people who bought things for less than $211.50 should get any money back. Let's have a show of hands!"

All but two of the customers raise their hands. Of course, Ken's hand isn't raised and a little boy's hand isn't raised. The little boy had received a ten-cent refund on a candy bar he bought.

"Hey, sonny," said the young man, "why aren't you voting with us? You want this guy to get all that money back."

"But, mister," says the little boy, "it's his money."

Amen.

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Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Craps Underground: The Inside Story of How Dice Controllers are Winning Millions from the Casinos!

> More Books By Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Beat Blackjack Now!: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge!

> More Books By Frank Scoblete