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Friday, November 15, 2013

Diversion

We need a diversion right about now, don't we?

Remember the story of the ant and the grasshopper?  The diligent ant works all summer long to store food for the winter.  The foolish grasshopper mocks the ant and plays all summer long.  When winter comes, the ant is warm and well-fed in its home.  But, the lazy grasshopper dies in the cold.

That is what we used to teach our children.  We taught them that hard work was a good thing.  Now, we mock hard work and demonize success.  And, what has it gotten us?

The mess that we are in now.

Here is a sad, but true version of the ant and the grasshopper for today.  Thank you, Eva!

The  ant works hard
in  the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house  
and  laying up supplies for the winter.

The  grasshopper thinks the ant is  a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.   
Come  winter, the shivering grasshopper calls  a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be  
allowed  to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving..   

CBS,  NBC, PBS, CNN, and  ABC show up to
provide  pictures of the shivering
grasshopper next  to a video of the ant in  his comfortable home with a table filled with food.  
America  is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How  can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper   is  allowed to suffer so?
Kermit  the Frog appears on  Oprah with  the grasshopper and  everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy
Being Green ...'   

Occupy  the Anthill stages a  demonstration in front of the ant's house  where the news stations film the SEIU group singing, We  shall overcome.
Then  Rev Al Sharpton's assistant has  the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper
while  he damns the ants. The Reverend Al can not attend as he has contractual commitments to appear on his MSNBC show for which he is paid over two million dollars a year to complain that rich people do not care.

President  Obama condemns  the ant and  blamesPresident  Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan,  Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for  the grasshopper's plight….   
Nancy  Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim  in an interview on The View    that  the ant has gotten  rich off the back of the grasshopper  ,  
and  both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair  share.

Finally,  the EEOC drafts the  Economic  Equity & Anti-Grasshopper  Act retroactive  to the beginning of the  summer.
The  ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of  green  bugs and,
having  nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the  
Government  Green Czar and  given to the grasshopper 

The  story ends as we see the grasshopper and  his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant's  food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just  happens to be the ant's  old house,
crumbles  around them because the grasshopper  doesn't maintain it.
The  ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.