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Interesting.....

I saw this on another forum I frequent.

It doesn't get much more accurate than this... the first part has been around for years, but the second part is a current update..........
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*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 STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

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*MODERN 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 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 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."

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-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.

Hillary gets her old law firm 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:

Be VERY careful how you vote!!
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good stuff.
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It doesn't get any better than that.
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Re: Interesting.....

Very funny...Totally not a successful metaphor, allegory, or analog for the real world, but very funny still.

I have heard a truncated version, with a bit more trauma and drama, but yours is much more entertaining.

BAILIFF: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
PETER GRIFFIN: I do...You bastard...
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good read
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Very funny...Totally not a successful metaphor, allegory, or analog for the real world, but very funny still.

I have heard a truncated version, with a bit more trauma and drama, but yours is much more entertaining.

Well I'm glad you like it abear
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Re: Interesting.....

I do like it.

My problem with it is the same one I have when listening to Rage against the machine...Although there is some truth to their (and your storied) picture of the social structure of America, there are some glaring inconsistencies...Mostly with legal and political procedure, and an innaccurate assumption that poor people are without skill, desire, work ethic, and a willingness to excell...

I have found, both as a politically/socially savvy resident of a fairly large and influential urban center, and as a student of psychology, philosophy, and law, that the shortcoming is almost never in desire or will, it is in fact a lack of perceived access, or potential opportunity...Or, a failure in the model presented. Most folks in the neighborhoods that require the most gov't assistance don't see any benefit to conformity with the status quo of the rest of society (high school=college=job=career=retirement=happiness), but instead see quick buck=benz=hot girls=power and influence=rebellion from society...Not such a pretty picture...Are there those who milk the system? Sure. Do they represent a significant portion of the equation? Certainly not. The only caveat here is that there are families where living "on the dole" is accepted...Bioth on this side and the other, of the Atlantic; where it is the family tradition to collect unemployment benefits, live in gov't subsidized housing, and never aspire to anything other than rudimentary survival, while deriding the gov't for failing to provide opportunity...This is but a small segment of society, and not worthy of basing a whole comedic paradigm on...

BAILIFF: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
PETER GRIFFIN: I do...You bastard...
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