The Ant and The Grasshopper
Two Different Versions…Two Different Morals
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and storing food supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is foolish for working so hard; and laughs, dances and plays the whole summer long..
Winter comes and the ant is warm, has a shelter and has lots of food to eat.
The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies outside in the cold.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Be repsonsible and take care of yourself.
The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and storing food supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a foolish for working so hard and laughs, dances and plays the whole summer long.
Winter comes, and 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 to God for the grasshopper’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 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 hasn’t maintained 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 ramshackled, once prosperous and once peaceful, neighborhood.
The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world down with it.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be careful how you vote in 2010.