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The Ant & The Grasshopper

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by okie, Mar 23, 2003.

  1. okie

    okie GT Mayor

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    THE ANT & THE GRASSHOPPER
    CLASSIC 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 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 others are cold and starving. CNN, CBS, NBC, 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.
    Tom Daschle, Dick Gephart, Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale, and others of that ilk exclaim that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and they call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his "fair share".
    Finally, the EEOC drafts the "Economic Equity 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 lawsuit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges
    that Bill Clinton had 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: Work hard. There's a lot of people out there expecting to reap the benefits of it!!
     
  2. bayerta

    bayerta Former Marine

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    Work hard! Millions of people on welfare depend on you!
     

  3. okie

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    Ain't that the truth my friend;P