Game Theory

A: Why do we have to give them any money?
B: Because they’ll break our legs if we don’t.
A: Why? That’s never been true before.
B: You’re right, but I called them and refused the option of neither paying money nor having our legs broken.
A: What?? That’s ridiculous. You didn’t do that when you were in charge.
B: Too bad.
A: Fine, if you insist that we have to give them money, let’s split the cost 50-50.
B: No, you pay all of it.
A: But the only reason we have to pay at all is because you chose to make this difficult. But to save my legs, I’ll pay 60%.
B: No, you pay all of it.
A: Let’s be reasonable. How about 80%?
B: No, you pay all of it.
A: They’re coming with baseball bats right now! OK, fine, I’ll pay 100%!
B: That’s not enough anymore. Now, you have to pay all of the bribe and give me an additional $100, or they’re going to break both of our legs.
A: You’re crazy!
B: Why aren’t you willing to compromise?

So goes the state of American political debate today.

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About Lance Finney

Father of two boys, Java developer, Ethical Humanist, and world traveler (when I can sneak it in). Contributor to Grounded Parents.
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