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    Posted: 29 Jul 2011 at 3:35am
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 EasyBeing Green...'

ACORN 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 thegrasshopper's sake, while he damns the ants.

President Obama condems 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 GreenCzar 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 with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Be careful how you vote in 2012.

I've sent this to you because I believe that you are an ant ? not a grasshopper!

Make sure that you pass this on to other ants.

Don't bother sending it on to any grasshoppers because they wouldn't understand it, anyway
Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jul 2011 at 5:05am
Excellent.
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  Quote Bob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jul 2011 at 7:14am
A great and current version of the story.  I like!
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  Quote Bob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jul 2011 at 4:22pm
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jul 2011 at 6:17pm
Now that's funny.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jul 2011 at 8:16pm
HeeHee  Good one!
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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2011 at 7:22am
That is one well done story worth passing on.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2011 at 7:56am
A close relative forwarded that to me. I had hope he had seen the light and gone back to being a conservative as he originally was.   But nope....he's still backslid and is a liberal.  He just thought it was funny.
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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Aug 2011 at 9:07pm
I got this from a good friend:

I called my stockbroker and asked him what I should be buying.
 
He said, "If the current administration is in office much longer, canned goods, rice, and ammunition are your best bet."
 
P.S. I am in good shape. I only need rice.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Aug 2011 at 3:44am
A coworker has a side business of firearms and ammo.  Some new, some old. It's surprising, he says, who all and how much he's sold to folks around here..."just in case".
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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Aug 2011 at 6:12pm
The guys I know who mess with this kinda thing say there are quite a few people about that have stocked up on ammo.  The prices have increased significantly.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Aug 2011 at 6:34pm
And the fellow at work wouldn't name names of course, but says that includes people I'd never believe in my little friendly Mennonite town....
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  Quote joannerenshaw Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 10:16am
 Who authored that overly-simplified and misleading "satirical" propaganda? 
 
Many of us know what it is to provide in a manner as to keep the "sting" of reality out our children's, and especially our grand children's, lives. We also know that sometimes the effort is "?????".
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On the surface, the "satire" may sound clever, amusing and profound. However, it is not helpful and destructive. There are too many among us who will adopt it as fodder and justification for prejudices and bigotry. It is unfortunate that this discussion exists, but one must admit that it is part of the public narrative that is often presented in a dishonest way (on both, or on all, sides).

I object to how dots are connected among totally unrelated issues presenting an extremely murky premise that steers people away from the truth of an extremely complicated social issue in order to divide and conquer. There are too many people who are eager to make twists and turns and loops and whirls that stirs hate and animosity.

The truth is that there are too many people who are not as fortunate as others to have a familial or friendly personal safety net. People who display the same behavior as those who are "rescued" by the government, would be in the same or similar situation if they did not have their own personal safety net.

I shudder to think where I would be today if that government safety net had not been there for me, although I had a living mother and father and ten "adult" siblings.

My husband has had to jump thru so many loops and hoops, spent hours and hours of filling out forms and on the phone to get aid for his mother. The process is not easy and the government does not "give" away money as easily as so many believe. Some may say that his mother does not "deserve" the aid (she is essentially homeless with end stage Alzheimer's). She did nothing to plan for her future, and indeed, squandered her resources when she should have been padding.

I wonder at the thought process of those who object to abortion (I personally abhor it) and contraception, and then condemn the needy (who are thus for infinite reasons; justified and not) for seeking assistance.

The world is unfair. I personally do not see anyone losing in any way close to the way of the ant. The grasshopper may not be deserving, but the collateral damage (innocent children) is the real subject. I know this all sounds silly, given it started with an ant and a grasshopper, but this "satiric propaganda" is making the rounds and is taken very seriously.
 
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