Walter E. Williams, professor emeritus, George Mason University, addressed his audience: "Suppose I knew an elderly lady who needed prescription drugs but didn't have enough money to buy them. So I walk up to one of you viewers and threaten, 'Give me $100 or I'm going to do some kind of harm to you!' Having relieved you of your $100, I purchase that lady's prescriptions. Would you see me as a compassionate individual or just a plain common thief, regardless of what I did with your money? But don't answer yet.