Today’s Open Thread was submitted by Julie Trevor.
THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER
This Â one is a little different….
Two Different Versions! Â …………….. Two Different Â Morals!
OLD Â VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer Â 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 Â winter, the ant is warm and well fed.
The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
MORAL Â OF THE STORY: Be Â responsible for yourself
MODERN Â VERSION:
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer Â long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks th e ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come Â 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 Â starving.
CBS, NBC , Â PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of Â 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 Â can this be, that in a country of such wealth, Â this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit Â 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 Â singing, ‘We shall overcome.’ Rev. Jeremiah Wright then has the groupÂ curse GodÂ for the grasshopper’s sake.
Nancy Pelosi & Â Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry Â King that the ant has gotten rich off the back Â of the grasshopper, Â and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC & nbsp;drafts the Economic Equity & Â Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the Â beginning of the summer.
The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate Â number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is Â confiscated by the Government Green Czar.
The Â 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 Â disappeared in the snow.
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the Â house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize Â the once peaceful neighborhood.
MORAL Â OF THE STORY: Be Â careful how you vote in 2010.