An Updated Fable…sent to me by a dear Friend…

The ANT
AND THE
GRASSHOPPER

This one is a little different …
Two Different Versions …
Two Different Morals
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 and 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 OLD STORY:

Be responsible for yourself!

MODERN
VERSION

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…’

ACORN stages
a demonstration in front of the ant’s
house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome.”

Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright
has the group kneel down to pray for thegrasshopper’s sake.

President Obama condemns the ant
and blames

President Bush, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the
Pope
for the grasshopper’s
plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid
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 &
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.

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 ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses
bringing the rest
of the free world with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Be careful how you vote in 2010.

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2 Responses

  1. “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.”

    Scavengers took but one item from the ruins of the house, Paul Krugman’s “The Conscience of a Liberal,” on the flyleaf of which the notable economist had scrawled, “Best wishes to my ‘green’ friend. Together we are the future.”

    The Postal Service refused to forward the ant’s mail, as its unionized employees had recently signed a contract that permitted their ignoring any delivery address whose elevation required a letter carrier’s tackling a grade of more than 5 degrees. Although no one in the Service any longer knew how to measure grade (the very word “grades” having long ago fallen into disrepute), everyone could still resort to Rachel Maddow’s assurances that merely approaching that mountain retreat of the ants would by its lonesome bring OSHA into the game. To this day, the Postal Service has never assigned a zip code to Galt’s Gulch.

  2. Benny, you are truly hilarious!

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