“You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”. 

All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. 

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. 
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.  

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.  
The second test average was a D! No one was happy. 

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. 

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

It could not be any simpler than that.

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Pastor Tim has been an Associate Pastor at Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, MN since 1989. Prior to LWCC, he worked Northwest Airlines. In 1985 he founded and was President of American Infant Care Products which marketed his patented invention, the first fold-down commercial infant changing table now used worldwide in public restrooms. Tim and his wife Renee created a Small Group Ministry when the church was about 800 people in size. Today LWCC is a church of over 10,000 people led by Sr. Pastors Mac and Lynne Hammond. He continues to lead a diverse Small Group Ministry of over 200 groups. Tim’s responsibilities also include oversight over the Visitor and Member Relations Department, Leadership and Volunteer Development, and the Pastoral Care Department. Pastor Tim is also the Minnesota State Director of Christians United for Israel. Tim is a Christian blogger writing "Fresh Manna" read in over 196 countries. He has a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Maranatha College. Most recently, Tim was named one of the top 55 blogging Pastors, a top Minnesota Social Media influencer and has a strong presence on Twitter being one of the leading Twitters in Minnesota with over 93,000 follower as of September, 2014. He has 4 adult children, 6 grandchildren, loves to play golf with his wife Renee, and is a prize winning gardener.


3 thoughts on ““You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

  1. Good argument. I find it a striking argument against charity.

    Posted by jamesr404 | October 27, 2010, 11:06 am
    • I hope this doesn’t become an argument against charity. Mercy, compassion, and charity are a wonderful and God given directive. The difference between charity and socialism is, charity is given freely from the heart to those in need born out fo mercy and compassion. Socialism takes from others to give to those without and strips the free will of giving from a right heart and the mercy and compassion out of it.

      Posted by Pastor Tim | November 5, 2010, 8:57 am
  2. Wonderful post… I think that is one of the best analogies possible to explain what socialism is and why it doesn’t work. Thank you so much for posting!

    Posted by treeoflifelondon | July 20, 2009, 7:04 am

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