The Grasshopper and the Ant –Modern Version

    Most everyone if familiar with the story of the Grasshopper and The Ant. In the ORIGINAL VERSION The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter while 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.

    The MORAL OF THE STORY:Be responsible for yourself!

    Now we have the MODERN VERSION:

    The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long,building his
    house and laying up supplies for the winter.

    Meanwhile 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.

    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.
    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.

    The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the
    ants 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:Be careful how you vote in 2010.

    “In God We Trust”

    And it came to pass . . .

    (Author unknown)

    And it came to pass in the Age of Insanity that the people of the land called America ,having lost their morals,their work initiative,and their will to defend their liberties,chose as their Supreme Leader that person known as “The One”. He emerged from the vapors with a message that had no meaning;but He hypnotized the people telling them,“I am sent to save you. My lack of experience,my questionable ethics,my monstrous ego,and my association with evil doers are of no consequence. For I shall save you with Hope and Change. Go,therefore,and proclaim throughout the land that he who preceded me is evil,that he has defiled the nation,and that all he has built must be destroyed.”

    And the people rejoiced,for even though they knew not what “The One”would do,he had promised that he would bring change,and they proclaimed “Yes We Can”.

    And “The One”said “We live in the greatest country in the world. Help me change everything about it!”

    And the people said,“Hallelujah!!  Change is good!”

    Then He said,“We are going to tax the rich fat-cats,”—- And the people said “Sock it to them!”“—- and “Redistribute their wealth.”

    And then He said,“Redistribution of wealth is good for everybody”

    And the people said,“Show us the money!”

    And Joe the plumber asked,“Are you kidding me? You’re going to steal my money and give it to the deadbeats??”

    And “The One”ridiculed and taunted him,and Joe’s personal records were hacked,publicized,and ridiculed;though no crime could be found.

    One lone reporter asked,“That shouldn’t be,isn’t that Marxist policy?”

    And she was banished from the kingdom!

    Then a citizen asked,“With no foreign relations experience and having zero military experience or knowledge,how will you deal with radical terrorists?”

    And “The One”said,“Simple. I shall sit with them and talk kindly to them and show them how nice we really are;and they will forget that they ever wanted to kill us all!”

    And the people said,“Hallelujah!!  We are safe at last,and we can beat our weapons into free cars for the people!”

    Then “The One”said,“I shall give 95% of you lower taxes.”

    And one,lone voice said,“But 40% of us don’t pay ANY taxes.”

    So “The One”said,“Then I shall give you some of the taxes the fat-cats pay!”

    And the people said,“Hallelujah!! Show us the money!”

    Then “The One”said,“I shall tax your Capital Gains when you sell your homes!”

    And the people yawned and the already slumping housing market fully collapsed.

    And He said,“I shall mandate employer-funded health care for EVERY worker and raise the minimum wage,and lower the white collar wage.  And I shall also give every person unlimited healthcare and medicine and even transportation to the free clinics.”

    And the people said,“Give me some of that!”

    Then he said,“I shall penalize employers who ship jobs overseas.”

    And the people said,“Where’s my rebate check?”

    Then “The One”said,“I shall bankrupt the coal industry,and perhaps even the oil industry (Cap &Trade/Carbon Tax) and though electricity rates will skyrocket,we shall soon build wind farms and solar power stations and drive green cars that I shall mandate in Detroit!”

    And the people said,“Coal is dirty,coal is evil,no more coal!  But we don’t care for that part about higher electric rates.”

    So “The One”said,“Not to worry. If your rebate ($10/week) isn’t enough to cover your extra expenses ($3,000/year),we shall bail you out. Just sign up with ACORN and your troubles are over!”  “Only the fat cats will have to pay.”

    Then He said,“Illegal immigrants feel scorned and slighted. Let’s grant them amnesty,Social Security,free education,free lunches,free medical care,bi-lingual signs and guaranteed housing…”

    And the people said,“Hallelujah!!”And they made him King!

    And so it came to pass that employers,facing spiraling costs and ever-higher taxes,raised their prices and laid off workers;though they sold much less of their products.   Others simply gave up and went out of business,and the economy sank like unto a rock dropped from a cliff.  The banking industry was destroyed.  Manufacturing slowed to a crawl. And more of the people were without a means of support.

    So “The One”again blamed the prior administration,extended unemployment benefits to a year,bailed out his favorite banks,and then took over the banks and auto industries.  “The One”said,“I am the “The One”–The Messiah –and I’m here to save you!  We shall just print more money so the government will have enough!” “Surely one trillion dollars will make everyone happy.”  And immediately the Fed complied and the money presses roared.

    And China reconsidered their one trillion dollars of loans to the US ,,and threatened to call in their debts. Other foreign trading partners said unto “The One”,“Wait a minute. Your dollar is not worth a pile of camel dung!  You will have to pay more.. for everything.. as your dollar becomes worth less.”

    And the people said,“Wait a minute.. That is unfair!!”

    And the world said,“Neither are these other idiotic programs you have embraced.  Lo,you have become a Socialist state and a second-rate power. What factories are not owned by your government are owned by us.  Now you shall play by our rules!”

    And “The One”said “Americans are arrogant,divisive,and derisive!”   “We will listen.”

    And the people cried out,“Alas,alas!! What have we done?”

    But yea verily,it was too late. The people eventually set upon “The One”and spat upon him and stoned him,and his name was dung. But the once mighty nation was no more;and the once proud people were without sustenance or shelter or hope. And the Change that “The One”had given them was as like unto a poison that had destroyed them from within,and like a whirlwind that consumed all that they had built.

    And the people beat their chests in despair and cried out in anguish,“Give us back our nation and our pride and our hope!!”

    But it was too late,and the once-glorious “Home of the Brave and Land of the Free”was no more..

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    You may think this is a fairy tale,but it’s not.  It’s happening RIGHT NOW,  Already everything down to the last couple of lines

    Pray first,aim high,and stay focused

    There once was a man who had nothing for his family to eat. He had an old rifle and three bullets. So,he decided that he would go out hunting and kill some wild game for dinner.

    As he went down the road,he saw a rabbit. He shot at the rabbit and missed it.
    The rabbit ran away.

    Then he saw a squirrel and fired a shot at the squirrel but missed it. The squirrel disappeared into a hole in a cottonwood tree.

    As he went further,he saw a large wild ‘Tom’turkey in the tree,but he had only one bullet remaining. A voice spoke to him and said,
    ‘Pray first,aim high,and stay focused.’

    However,at the same time,he saw a deer Which was a better kill. He brought the gun down and aimed at the deer.

    But,then he saw a rattlesnake between his legs about to bite him. So he naturally brought the gun down further to shoot the rattlesnake.

    Still,the voice said again to him,‘I said,‘Pray first,Aim high,and Stay focused.’
    So,the man decided to listen to God’s voice.

    He prayed,then aimed the gun high up in the tree,and shot the wild turkey.
    The bullet bounced off the turkey and killed the deer. The handle fell off the gun,hit the snake in the head,and killed it.

    And,when the gun went off,it knocked him into a pond. When he stood up to look around,He had fish in all his pockets,a dead deer,and a turkey for his family to eat.

    The snake (Satan) was dead simply because the man listened to God.

    Moral of the story:

    Pray first before you do anything,
    Aim and shoot high in your goals,
    And stay focused on God.

    Never let others discourage you concerning your past. The past is exactly that,‘the past.’

    Live every day one day at a time,
    And remember that only God knows our future,And that He will not put you through any more than you can bear.

    Do not look to man for your blessings,But look to the doors that only He has prepared in advance for you in your favor. Wait,be still,and patient:keep God first,And everything else will follow.