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the makers(ants) and the takers(grasshoppers)
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mat-ty



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:16 pm    Post subject: the makers(ants) and the takers(grasshoppers) Reply with quote

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 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 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 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 once 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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coboardhead



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There were a couple of weasels, a snake and a pit bull on the ballot. But I didn't see an ant!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember fellow Ant, we need Grasshoppers to keep the people down, and allow for more prosperous people to capitalize. The dirty little secret with capitalism is you need people who are not ambitious, or capitalist in nature. If everyone had the work ethic of Japan, we would be like, well....Japan! The GOVT money gets doled out , but it always end up in the bank accounts of the capitalists. Food Stamps-Walton Family, Welfare-Walton Family, TARP- JPMorgan.
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jpbassking



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

boggs for prez!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I call it like I see it, and tomorrow night I'll be seeing Cliff Lee getting lit up!
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jpbassking



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GO GIANTS!
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MULLDE102f



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my personal favorites among the "individual responsibility" ranters.

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2007/06/07/robert-bork-files-slip-and-fall-lawsuit-against-yale-club/

This is the guy that insisted that we need to reform tort law because of all the people abusing it.

You listening Mike "Government Disability" Fick?
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feuser



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought you wanted to talk about mountain bikes instead of copying and pasting hit-pieces as topic starters, Matty?
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mat-ty



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

feuser

just a funny little story, take a chill pill. The only reason I come on this forum, is because, I can not get enough of that flashing blondie on the side of the screen!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey mat-ty, do you have a Ducati?
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