The Ant and the Grasshopper

    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!

    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…’

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. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper’s sake, while he damns the ants.

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President 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 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 down with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2012!

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Ignorance or Malice?

As our country continues financial and cultural decline, I’m astonished by how polarized Americans have become over some of the political hot-potatoes of today. Whether it’s healthcare reform, taxing the rich, our economy in general, or the implications of our federal debt – data and statistics exist that could quickly end almost any discourse out there right now. Yet the data is completely ignored while politicians and blind followers proliferate tiresome arguments with easily disprovable statements about historical evidence that doesn’t exist. It’s as if truth and dignity come second to pandering for votes.

For example, it is fact that tax increases result in less revenue to the government. It’s fact that the ‘rich’ collectively don’t make enough money to bail government out, and fact that the rich already pay more than their ‘fair share’ by any rational definition. It’s fact that regulation has the single greatest impact on our economy followed closely by the embedded costs of taxation, and it’s fact that corporations don’t pay taxes, we consumers do. It’s fact that single-payer healthcare systems lower the quality and supply of healthcare delivery, and fact that America’s current healthcare system is the best in the world despite its flaws. Finally, it’s mathematically impossible to improve the trajectory of our national debt without significant cuts to government entitlement spending. In light of these facts and thousands more like them, there are still people that debate things to the contrary.

It’s amazing what can be discovered with Google and 15 minutes of searching the internet. There’s no need to disagree in the face of easily obtainable facts these days. The sad part is some people may just be too lazy to do their own research, or otherwise seem to enjoy arguing conjecture rather than acknowledge they’re wrong. That’s fine for them individually but is a significant disservice to those people who seek their guidance comprehending the cold hard truth I call reality.

Words of a Wise Man

Change we can step in.

He changed. I didn't.

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

– Senator Barack Obama, 3/20/06

Upgraded Bumper Stickers

President Obama formally announced his intent to seek a second term this week on the symbolic fourth day of the fourth month as our 44th president. As a result, his website now asks, “Obama in 2012 – Are you in?”. Yes I am, and I’ve already scraped the old 2008 ‘Hope and Change’ bumper sticker off my car in eager anticipation of replacing it with a new 2012 version! I can already envision the clever redesigns in the works:

Obama 2012: Are You In? R-U-IN? RUIN! …against the backdrop of mushroom clouds and a smoldering heap of corporate headquarters……

Obama/Biden 2012: R-U-N? RUN! …against a backdrop of smoking holes and stick-figures running for fire exits……

Perhaps the President needs to rethink his new campaign slogan.

Big Government

Do you think we’d have problems with unemployment, debt, shortages, or entitlements if not for government intervention? John Hayward from Human Events does a nice job of answering this question.

Sleepless Knight

I enjoy freedom, thus I remain aware.

I’m tired of defending the Second Amendment and illustrating that firearms deter crime, and I’m tired of explaining how laws affect law-abiders yet fail to deter the criminals. I’m tired of the “we need more effective gun laws” mantra as if criminals would be …….. never mind. I’m tired of you thinking my choice to carry somehow infringes on your existence.

I’m tired of the assault on productivity and liberty and I’m tired of emotion trumping fact. I’m tired of you deciding how to spend my money for me and I’m tired by the prospect of being forced to buy something I don’t need. I’m tired of rewarding laziness and I’m tired of financing bad decisions I didn’t make. Honk if I’m paying your mortgage.

You won’t quit, so I’ve resigned myself to being tired until the day I die. But maybe you’ll wake up sometime before then and figure out how to take care of yourself without diminishing my freedom, my intelligence, and my resources. I’m not going to sleep until you do.

Taking a break

Would this look good on my truck? I'm thinking of having it say: HEL NOO


I’ve been enjoying a few weeks of doing nothing. I’ll be back with my rants in the next week or two once the idiots in Washington get back to work. Until then, just enjoy all of the excuses about why they got voted out. And enjoy the blame game while they go crazy pointing fingers at everyone but themselves.

Gotta love it.