Share the Wealth?

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    Friday night my two youngest went trick or treating. My son went out for about 30-45 minutes and hit around 30 houses. He decided to call it a night because he wanted to hang at our neighbors (they had a bonfire going and friends/kids over). My daughter was out for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours and hit around 100-125 houses. So she has about three times as much candy as he does.

    My son is 15 and special needs (autistic spectrum disorder) but has no physical limitations that would prevent him from going to more houses. I knew he'd only go to so many houses so I dumped many handfuls of the candy we were handing out into his bag after he got back so he'd have more than just what he collected.

    Now my son is complaining that his siter (she's 11) has so much more candy than he does and he thinks she should give him some of hers. She, of course, is bellyaching that she should not have to do this.

    Explain to me why my daughter should - or shouldn't - have to share her candy with her brother (besides it being a 'nice' thing for her to do).
     
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    This almost sounds made up it's so easy. Your daughter put in the time, your son didn't. They are each entitled to yield related to their level of effort, it's that simple. The only argument here is what you define as fair: equal outcomes or equal opportunity. They both had the same opportunity.
     
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    Since your daughter probably has more candy than any one human being should consume, perhaps the nice thing to do would be to share some with her brother.

    Or bring some to school and share it with everyone.

    Sharing the wealth is fine, as long as no one's FORCING you to do it.
     
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    You're hypothetical daughter should be punished for being so greedy, and your hypothetical special needs son should get at least most of her candy, then given a government job that requires little to no productivity, merely requiring him to show up for 35 hours per week, with a retirement benefit of full pay and health insurance for life.
     
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    Your son should wage unrelenting, revolutionary warfare against the oppression produced by his sister's disproportionate wealth!! Argghh!!!
     
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    Not made up, honestly. This happens every year at my house. I agree w/your post.

    True about having a lot of candy and true, it would be nice of her to share but . . . barring the 'nice' factor, why should she share her candy with her brother if she went out and begged -lol- for it herself?


    What if I said she HAD to share? In other words, I made that the rule?

    glockmail - chill, you sound so angry. Or perhaps you are being humorous, I don't know. There are no hypothetical kids I'm talking about; they are my kids and I go throught this scenario every year. Just wondering what others thought about the 'share the wealth' Obamaism, in a very simple and understated form. How is my daughter being greedy? She did go out and collect the candy herself, took the time to do it and all. Substitute 'working and earning money' for 'collecting candy'. Is that greed?
     
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    God Bless you Paul!

    I could NOT have said it better...you are so correct, in my opinion.

    Care
     
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    ROTFLMAO!!! Very funny. :D
     
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    You don't know me so don't make assumptions.

    I have two kids as well, and set up an allowance system based on output. Last month my daughter made $24 and her brother made $174. I asked her if she wanted me to take her for another ride through the trailer park to see what to expect once she becomes an adult.
     
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    Well, if she had 250,000+ pieces of candy and he had only about 20,000 pieces, then yes, she should. Besides, a 3% increase is very small. It's not like it's going make everyone completely equal, the way marxism would.
     

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