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 greatlakesguy
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Two Different Versions................. Two Different Morals

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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 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.' Rev. Jeremiah Wright then 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
 IgorFrankensteen
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new twist old story
Posted: 6/26/2010 3:05:44 PM
Well, this isn't funny, but it does make it clear that you've bought the party line of the grumpy right wing PSEUDO conservatives.
If you adjusted the story to the realities we face, the ant wouldn't be the hard working proletariat who earned his house, he'd be the CEO of a banking fund who used his political influence to get the federal administration to ignore his manipulations of the stock market, then bailed out just before his deceptions crashed the markets fro everyone else.
The grasshopper would still be a selfish buffoon who hoped the free ride would go on forever, but he'd be an upper middle class guy who was living off of underfunded loans he got from the ant's fraud-laden bank.
And the end of the story would be that the mindless news folks would all say "shame shame" about the ant successfully making off with his ill gotten gains, while the President and other Democrats tried to make political points by joining in the fuss, but actually doing absolutely nothing to get back the money the ant 'stole.' Too late to close a loop hole after all the cash has drained out.
And the Pseudo conservatives would continue to cash in on the grumpy folks like you, by getting you to buy into the idea that the other side is always to blame, AND to buy their mugs, door mats, and annoying bumper stickers, while ignoring their own record of having supported the creation of the loophole the ant used.
The ant would still be warm and happy, the grasshopper would still die in the snow, and the story would still not be funny, but at least it would be accurate.
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