I didn't realize it was "going around". My buddy in KC was having a similar argument on FB at practically the same time and the same "joke" was brought up. Here it is:
"A unionized public employee, a member of the Tea Party and a Big Corp CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table there is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the tea partier and says, "Look out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie."I re-wrote the "joke". It's a good illustration of why we conservatives have difficulty getting our message across. Reality doesn't lend itself to short snarky quips. And this one doesn't even really have much bearing on reality since in the real world ... the CEO brought the cookies in the first place. Cookies don't just magically appear on tables. But I digress. Here's my long-winded version:
A public union employee, a Tea Partier, a CEO, and a progressive Democrat politician are sitting around a table. The CEO brought a dozen cookies his company made, and hands one to each person. The Tea Partier thanks the CEO for bringing the cookies. The public union employee complains that the CEO still has more cookies than he does, and protests the greediness of the CEO.Yeah, see, it's not funny at all. A darned sight closer to reality, though.
The Progressive Democrat says "I will take four of those cookies for the public good, thank you" (corporate tax rate) and hands one to the public union employee and one to the Tea Partier. The public union employee thanks the politician. The Tea Partier, while he probably keeps the second cookie, realizes that it really came from the CEO. He points this out, but is called a "hater" for siding with the CEO.
The public union employee and the Tea Partier now each have two cookies. The politician has three, and the CEO has 5. The public union employee decides that two cookies do not measure up to his "fair share" and protests for another, since the "greedy" CEO has more. The Politician steps in and says the union employee is right, he deserves another cookie. So the politician collects two more cookies from the CEO, keeps one for overhead and his campaign fund, and hands the other to the union member.
The Union member now has three cookies, the Tea Partier two cookies, the CEO has three cookies, and the politician has four cookies. The union member is happy, the Tea Partier is just grateful to have any cookies, but the CEO grumbles that the politician has more cookies than he ever intended to give plus the politician got credit for “generously” handing out the CEO's cookies while the CEO was viewed as "greedy". The politician thinks about this and breaks a cookie in half and hands one half back to the CEO. The Union member screams that the government is giving handouts to the rich. The politician says not to worry, he will take another cookie from the CEO next time they go to lunch if elected. "Just vote for me."
Then the politician and the union member wonder why the CEO is subsequently reluctant to bring his cookies to lunch.