A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered
and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can
you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I
know where I am."
The man consulted his portable GPS and
replied, "You're in a hot air
balloon approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet
sea level. You are 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100
degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude."
She rolled her eyes and said, "You must
be a Republican."
"I am," replied the man. "How did you
"Well," answered the balloonist,
"everything you told me is technically
correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and I'm
Frankly, you've not been much help to me."
The man smiled and responded, "You must
be a Democrat."
"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did
"Well," said the man, "you don't know
where you are or where you're going.
You've risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You
promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve
your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before
met, but somehow now, it's my fault.