This joke explains a small part of why so many Americans are Republicans. There are many other reasons, but this example is the funniest I've found:
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and was very much in favor of the redistribution of wealth.
She was deeply ashamed that her father was a staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.
One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare programs. She used the arguments she had leared from her self-professed "objective' professors, and said that for our country to be fair, taxes needed to go up for the rich.
He responded by asking how she was doing in school. Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain. She spent all her time studying, leaving no time for partying or boyfriends. But she knew it was important to learn.
Her father listened and then asked, "How is you friend Audrey doing?"
She replied, "Audrey is barely getting by. She takes the easy classes, never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus, and has a lot of fun, but a lot of the time she is too hung over to even go to class!"
Her wise father asked his daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct a 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA."
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, "That wouldn't be fair! I have worked really hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!"
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, "Welcome to the Republican party."
The South Carolina Geechee Girl has another funny one