Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Ant and the Grasshopper

The debate over the President's plans to "transform" America have reminded some of the old fable of the ant and the grasshopper. You'll recall that the story goes like this:

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.

The moral, of course, is that we should all work hard and be responsible for ourselves.

The Democrats have revised this venerable tale, however, so that it now reads something like this:

The ant works hard in the withering heat and rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The ant worked hard in school as well, earned an education, waited until he was married before having children, and remained faithful to his ant-wife. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. The grasshopper couldn't care less about school, sleeps with whichever other grasshopper will have him, and lives life in a haze of drugs, alcohol, cheese curls and television shows.

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's cold, hungry and without health insurance. The major networks all show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant snug in his comfortable home with a refrigerator 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?

Acorn and SEIU stage demonstrations in front of the ant's house where the news stations film them singing, "We shall overcome." Rev. Al Sharpton leads the group in a prayer for the grasshopper's sake and condemns the ant for his lack of compassion.

President Obama also publicly chastises the ant and blames President Bush and Israel for the grasshopper's plight. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Keith Olbermann that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and all three call for a tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share and "spread the wealth around."

No longer able to pay his employees or his mortgage because of the tax burdens that have been imposed on him, the ant has to sell both his business and his home which the government buys and gives to the grasshopper because a job and a home are human rights.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his friends, sleeping till noon, and then finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the business fails and the house crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn't maintain it.

The ant has dropped out of sight, never to be seen again. The grasshopper is eventually 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 moral of the story, of course, is that we get what we vote for.

President Obama is determined to make the ants, which comprise about 25% of the population and which pays about 87% of the nation's income taxes, pull the wagon full of grasshoppers which make up about 50% of our nation and pay almost no income tax. On top of that the top 25% will now have to pay the health insurance costs for 30 million people (50 million if they pass amnesty for illegal aliens). Ants are strong. They can carry loads a hundred times their own weight, but they can't carry all those grasshoppers.


Going Global

My brother Bill, who maintains our site on his server, sends along some info about Viewpoint's reach. We are apparently ranked number 7,851,667 in the world for traffic (I don't know how many blogs there are around the world. Probably about 7,900,000.). We've also received visitors from over 100 countries since January 1st. Here's the breakdown of countries from which we've had at least ten hits in the last three months:

  • 19699 United States
  • 632 Russian Federation
  • 525 France
  • 466 United Kingdom
  • 407 Canada
  • 354 China
  • 245 Sweden
  • 152 Australia
  • 126 India
  • 124 Netherlands
  • 121 Philippines
  • 118 Germany
  • 111 Ukraine
  • 67 Italy
  • 56 Poland
  • 53 unknown
  • 52 Burkina Faso
  • 49 Brazil
  • 44 Japan
  • 43 Israel
  • 40 Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • 39 Korea, Republic of
  • 36 Iraq
  • 30 Belgium
  • 30 Czech Republic
  • 30 Norway
  • 29 Denmark
  • 29 Hungary
  • 29 Ireland
  • 29 Romania
  • 28 Mexico
  • 25 Greece
  • 24 South Africa
  • 23 Pakistan
  • 22 Luxembourg
  • 22 United Arab Emirates
  • 21 Malaysia
  • 20 Turkey
  • 18 Finland
  • 17 Portugal
  • 14 Belize
  • 14 Egypt
  • 14 Indonesia
  • 14 Saudi Arabia
  • 14 Slovenia
  • 13 New Zealand
  • 13 Thailand
  • 12 Croatia
  • 12 Taiwan
  • 11 Switzerland
  • 10 Bulgaria

I don't know what this means, if anything, but I thought it was interesting.