Archive for October, 2010

Tale of 2 families

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Which family deserves help from the government:

Family #1: A husband and wife with 2 kids. The husband is highly paid and works in the field of “high finance”. He lives in a huge house in a beautiful neighborhood. He went to an ivy league school. His kids go to a fine private school. He and his wife both drive luxury cars. He has tens of thousands of dollars saved and invested. He has insurance to cover any losses including life insurance in the event of his death. The husband has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.

Family #2: A husband and wife with 2 kids. The husband and wife both work at menial jobs. They have no education beyond high school because they have had to work their entire lives to make ends meet. They live in a rented house that is rundown. The kids go to public school. They have a used automobile that constantly needs repair. They have no money saved. They have no life insurance. The husband has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.

Do you think you know which family should get money from the government? Then add just two more facts: The husband from family number 1 worked in the top floor of the World Trade Center and died on September 11th. The husband from family number 2 also died on September 11th, but he was killed while walking down the dirt road he lives on when a drunk driver hit him. Why does family number 1 get money from a government sponsored victims fund and family number 2 does not? They get it simply because we are aware of the plight of family number 1 and it was all over the news… yet we know that families like family number 2 are out there, don’t we?

American’s make their decisions with 96% emotion, 2% guess work, 1% logic and 1% common sense.