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Default THE NEW ANT and the Grasshopper, Three Versions:

The ANT
AND THE
GRASSHOPPER



First 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 OLD STORY:

Be responsible for yourself!


Second 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 ...'

Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the Black Lives Matter group singing, We shall overcome.

Then Reverend Al Sharpton has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper
while he damns the ants. He later appears on MSNBC to complain that rich people do not care.

Former President Obama condemns the ant and blames Donald Trump, President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the
Pope for the grasshopper's plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer exclaim in an interview on The View 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 an 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 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 2020.




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.

Third Version:

A surly king chose to tax the grasshopper but not the ant so the grasshopper had the sole burden of building roads for the ant and his family to navigate & storage bins for food the grasshopper would never be allowed to eat, while the ant spent his extra money on bribing the surly king to do further favors for him, to the further detriment of the grasshopper.
Then one day a new and better king reigned in the forest who taxed the grasshopper and the ant on the basis of their wealth. Soon there was plenty of food and shelter for everyone and the grasshopper and ant became friends.
nobody died.
The end
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The ANT
AND THE
GRASSHOPPER

First 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 OLD STORY:

Be responsible for yourself!


Second 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 ...'

Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the Black Lives Matter group singing, We shall overcome.

Then Reverend Al Sharpton has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper
while he damns the ants. He later appears on MSNBC to complain that rich people do not care.

Former President Obama condemns the ant and blames Donald Trump, President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the
Pope for the grasshopper's plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer exclaim in an interview on The View 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 an 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 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 2020.

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.

Third Version:

A surly king chose to tax the grasshopper but not the ant so the grasshopper had the sole burden of building roads for the ant and his family to navigate & storage bins for food the grasshopper would never be allowed to eat, while the ant spent his extra money on bribing the surly king to do further favors for him, to the further detriment of the grasshopper.
Then one day a new and better king reigned in the forest who taxed the grasshopper and the ant on the basis of their wealth. Soon there was plenty of food and shelter for everyone and the grasshopper and ant became friends.
nobody died.
The end
That last one, a redistribution based on not work ethics, but on the basis of 'you breathe, therefore you receive'.

You left out DDT contamination of the food supply....
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That last one, a redistribution based on not work ethics, but on the basis of 'you breathe, therefore you receive'.

You left out DDT contamination of the food supply....
I thought of you as I posted this.
The first two parts with a slight change of heading was a viral email sent to me by my dear Aunt E, who you kind of put me in mind of at times.
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Default Re: THE NEW ANT and the Grasshopper, Three Versions:

4th version?

Ant works hard with grasshopper in the spring, Ant has an idea, and works harder after hours to make that successful while the grasshopper relaxes after work with TV and beers. The Ant's idea takes off and for the rest of the summer supplies pour in so much that he has to hire the grasshopper a side job ...at below minimum wage... to help build the Ant inc. The winter comes and the Ant gives half the biz to his kids who have never worked in their lives and sells the other half for a fat profit and lives off that for the rest of his days. the New Ant kids and Bee owners fire half of the grasshoppers who are left out in the winter with nothing but meager savings.
The Ant claims it's the grasshoppers fault for not working hard enough. The Grasshoppers say the Ants and Bees are selfish bastards that don't share the profits of the biz. The grasshoppers ask the gov't for help. the Ants and Bees pay off the gov't to keep the grasshoppers at just above poverty level and to just educated enough to work in the Ant's and Bee's business's. And when some grasshoppers try to make their own business's the Ants and Bees get the gov't to make laws that suppress or block them and are favorable to Ant and Bee size biz. Also the Ants and Bees collude to fix prices, supplies and marketing to crush any smaller competition all the while calling it a "free market".
Ants, Bees, Grasshoppers and Gov't all make up propaganda that distort the full picture of whats going on, one side pretending that grasshoppers never work and only want hand outs. The others side insisting that money comes from the clouds and the Ants and Bees just horded it an should by default or force share with all.

Neither side moves to real equitable solutions like profit sharing, and dissolution of monopoly, and crack down on collusion. True open markets and options for micro and small biz to prosper openly without undue regs.. limits on pottery ownership, Unions etc, fair use of employee protection laws.

Instead the "mainstream" now fight over... what practically amounts to... a choice between, failed socialism or a return to the feudalism of old.
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Default Re: THE NEW ANT and the Grasshopper, Three Versions:

Actually the first version is the only one that speaks truth to the nature of a free, independent, self sufficient and responsible society.

BTW Churchill once spoke of this saying it was, sadly, the inevitable path of modern mankind. He described Soviet Communism as a perfect societal copy of the white ant. Hardworking little buggers supporting an all powerful, super absorbing, hierarchy and queen. Sounds like he was describing version three.

We all know how that experiment finally ended.
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I thought of you as I posted this.
The first two parts with a slight change of heading was a viral email sent to me by my dear Aunt E, who you kind of put me in mind of at times.
I'm not sure that's a good thing, kind of like me saying someone reminds me of my middle brother...
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I'm not sure that's a good thing, kind of like me saying someone reminds me of my middle brother...
no I love my aunt. until the internet I never knew her politics cuz now she sends me all the stuff her friends send her. she is her own person for her own reasons and I am my own person for the right reasons. I cant help she's misguided.
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