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The Ant and the Grasshopper

I am going to be out of town until the March 4. Please check out some of the past posts.

TRADITIONAL 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: Work hard and you will earn your reward!

MODERN VERSION:

A State Employee works hard for a long career, building a retirement, and planning a future by taking less now the plan is to lay up supplies for the future.

The legislator thinks the Employee is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

“Spend money and have fun, why worry?”
Come a bad budget, the shivering Legislator calls a press conference and demands to know why the Employee should be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

The papers, and talk radio, show up to provide stories of the suffering Legislator next to a video of the Employee in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
Maine is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, the poor Legislators can not provide for the public?

The press interviews the Legislators and everybody cries when they say how surprised they are that winter follows summer. “We thought the money would never end.”

Talk Radio stages a campaign to point out how unfair it all is to everyone else.
New stations film people with little health care, and never mention the profits that

Wal-Mart makes by denying affordable health care to their employees and letting the public support the families of their employees. The employees that can not afford benefits on their salaries.

Speeches are given; the Legislature kneels down to pray for the budget, and exclaim
in interviews that the Employee has gotten rich off the back of the Public, and call for an immediate cut in benefits, without admitting they are supporting a tax hike on the Employee. They claim it is to make him pay his fair share. Many of these legislators are the same ones that fought “Fair Share” for non-Union members for years.

Finally, the Appropriations committee drafts the Economic Equity Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer! The same way they have changed the rules on retirement age and penalties. The same way they have already taken TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS from the health care plan in 2008.
The Employee is taxed for trusting government promises and, having nothing left to pay his taxes loses his health care, his home is confiscated by the government.
Out of state right to work money gets a law firm to represent the Public in a defamation suit against the employee, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that George Bush appointed from a list of retired CEOs.

The Employees lose 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’s in — which just happens to be the ant’s old house — crumbles around him since he doesn’t know how to maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. And on the TV, which the grasshopper bought by stealing most of the ant’s benefits and retirement, they are showing a legislator standing before a wildly applauding group of right to work supporters announcing that a new era of “fairness” has dawned in America.

The Turnpike now has a sign reading Tolls $10.00 each stop. Owned and operated by Halliburton. The State Employees have disappeared in the snow.
The Legislators are found dead due to massively overeating of tax money and the
house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2008!

February 22nd, 2008 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | one comment

1 Comment

  1. That was fun. Can you do Goldilocks another night?

    Comment by Mark | February 23, 2008

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