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    ********************Southwest Washington Surplus, your prepping supply store********************

    Tuesday, May 15, 2007

    The Ant and the Grasshopper

    I got this in email this morning- it was put together by my buddy Geoff- and it's right on target:

    *OLD VERSION*

    The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs, while he dances and plays the summer away.

    Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

    MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself.

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    *UPDATED VERSION*


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

    The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool; and laughs, dances and plays the summer away.

    Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

    CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide footage of the shivering grasshopper alongside 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."

    Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, "We shall overcome." Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

    Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Larry King 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 and Anti-Ant 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.

    Hillary gets her old law firm (the Legal Services Corporation) to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients. The ant loses the case.

    The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

    MORAL OF THE STORY: What are morals?

    3 Comments:

    Blogger Lil said...

    Quoted for truth, amen & hallelujah.

    Sad, ain't it?

    6:22 PM  
    Anonymous Aliza said...

    This has actually been making the rounds since at least 2002, and probably a lot longer, but it's still entertaining...

    11:54 PM  
    Blogger Larry said...

    Yes, I'd seen it before I got it in email this time, but I'd never seen anyone go to the trouble of adding links to topical sources before.

    The email was in the context of an inter-office discussion beteen one of my (former) conservtative co-workers and one who is rather socialist in outlook- socialism boy challenged Geoff to come up with any real-life examples of this parable, clearly thinking he had triumphed intellectually.

    1:25 AM  

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