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rainy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:19 PM
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vote republican/ ant and grasshopper/ help me respond to this *#$?
Edited on Thu Aug-28-03 04:21 PM by rainy
I got this in an e-mail today

THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER
> > >
> > > I know the old version has circulated around before, however, read
> > > the new version---really good.
> > >
> > > OLD 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
> > > he's 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 STORY: Be responsible for yourself!
> > >
> > > MODERN 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 he's 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, 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."
> > >
> > > Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house
> where
> > > the news stations film the group singing "We shall overcome".
Jesse
> > > then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's
> > sake.
> > >
> > > Tom Daschle & Walter Mondale exclaim in an interview with Peter
> > > Jennings 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 and 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.
> > >
> > > Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a
> > > defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a
> panel
> > > of federal judges that Bill appointed from a list of
single-parent
> > > welfare recipients.
> > >
> > > The ant loses the case.
> > >
> > > The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last
bits
> of
> > > the ant's 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: Vote Republican
> > >
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TriadLeftist Donating Member (127 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:21 PM
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1. Extremely racist
I responded to a guy who sent me the same thing by telling him to substitute the work "White" for ant, "Black" for Grasshopper and "Mexican" for Spiders.
He shut up real quick.
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KC21304 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:32 PM
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4. I would respond that I do not have time to read
the idiotic, racist, make believe drivel sent around by the right wing because I need to keep up with the real tragedy going on in our country. If they want to fill their time with that nonsense fine, but please take me off the list.
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Rainbowreflect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:24 PM
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2. And remind them that ants are socialist that work for the good of
all ants & would have nothing by working alone.
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CarlBallard Donating Member (512 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:36 PM
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6. lol
So the moral of the story is vote republican for a socialist paradise?
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:25 PM
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3. Simple.
How hard did Kenny-boy Lay (the "ant") work while the single mother (the "grasshopper") busted her ass for minimum wage?

This old stereotype about those who are poor are just lazy will unfortunately never die.
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:34 PM
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5. Only a BirdBrain Conservative...
....would come up with such a simplistic, erroneous, saccharin pile of drivel as this story,
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Isome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:38 PM
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7. Combine the responses here...
and then tell him the moral of the story is: the Republican base is comprised of those who rely on bigoted stereotypes to justify their racist beliefs and actions.

The comparison of ant behavior to socialism is really good; you should stress that.
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Habibi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:44 PM
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9. It's a bloody
*great* comparison! I would think that would leave them positively slack-jawed (not that that isn't their usual pose).

Damn. Why don't I ever get emails like this? I obviously don't have enough wingnuts in my social circle!
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Isome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 05:06 PM
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13. Okay... it's bloody good!
Edited on Thu Aug-28-03 05:06 PM by Isome
So I wasn't effusive enough in my praise, you don't have to yell! ;-)
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:43 PM
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8. Equivalent fable from India -- with a twist
In the Indian version, there's a bunch of monkeys running around and frolicking and having fun as the birds work hard to build their snug, waterproof nests. When the rainy season comes, the birds stay warm and dry, while the monkeys are left huddling at the foot of the tree, very wet and miserable.

The birds taunt the monkeys, saying, "See, if you'd been looking ahead and making provision the way we were, you wouldn't be in such a fix now."

Hearing this, the monkeys get really, really pissed, and shake the tree until all the nests fall to the ground and the eggs break and the birds are less homeless.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:45 PM
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10. Jesus Christ, Rove's operations are stepping up
Fucking Monsters. They will have to come up with a ew name to describe Today's Incarnation of Bushevik Totalitarianism and Lies, as the are so much different and more subtle than Granddad Bush;s Business Partners, the Nazis.

But in the end, they all belong to the same spectrum of Monsters, and I suspect that as the Empire degenerates over time, the difference will be smaller and smaller with each year.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:55 PM
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11. they always believe the myth
that they made ''it'' on their own. right wingers are delusional.
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acerbic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 05:00 PM
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12. One word reply: "DEFICIT" n/t
.
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Bushknew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 05:10 PM
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14. ANTS & GRASSHOPPERS


The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

The grasshopper is unable to find work, because with 5% unemployment, at least one person out of twenty who needs a job can't find one. If unemployment gets below 5%, the wasps who own the factories start to panic. If the wasps had to compete for employees, instead of the employees competing for jobs, the wasps would have to either raise their prices or keep less of the profits they earn from the ants labor.

Since there are more ants than grasshoppers, and since ants are generally better qualified because they've had access to better education, health care, etc., the grasshoppers are always the last to be hired and first to be fired.
20 years ago, the wasps only kept $50 for every dollar they paid an ant. Since then, the ants have worked longer hours every year (thus spending less time with their families) and improved their efficiencies (thus helping their companies stay competitive by keeping costs down). Now the wasps are able to keep $500 for every dollar they pay an ant!

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 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, then they sing "It's Not Easy Being Green." Bill and Hillary Clinton make a special guest appearance on the CBS Evening News to tell a concerned Dan Rather that they will do everything they can for the grasshopper who has been denied the prosperity he deserves by those who benefited unfairly during the Reagan summers, or as Bill refers to it as "Temperatures of the 80's."
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton stage a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing "We shall overcome". Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

On the radio, Rush Limbaugh spends three hours a day complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
G. Gordon Liddy spends an hour complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Laura Schlessinger spends an hour complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Michael Medved spends an hour complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Neil Boortz spends an hour complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Oliver North spends an hour complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
In the newspapers, George Will writes a column complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Cal Thomas writes a column complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Ann Coulter writes a column complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Michelle Malkin writes a column complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
William Safire writes a column complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
The Washington Times publishes an editorial complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
The Wall Street Journal publishes an editorial complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
The American Spectator publishes an editorial complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
The New York Post publishes and editorial complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
On television, Sam and Cokie complain that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Tim Russert complains that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Bill O'Reilly complains that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Sean Hannity walks all over Alan Colmes complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Paula Zahn complains that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Brit Hume and Tony Snow complain that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs, while Mara Liason and Juan Williams agree.
John McLaughlin complains that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Chris Matthews complains that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
John Stossel does a special for ABC complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.
Regnery Publishing publishes novels by Bernard Goldberg, Peggy Noonan, Gary Aldrich, Laura Ingraham, and Bill Bennett complaining that grasshoppers are lazy and should just get jobs.

The Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Coors Foundation, the Scaife Foundation, and the Olin Foundation each buy tens of thousands of copies, to both ensure that the books hit the bestseller lists and to make sure that every library and school in the country received multiple copies.

Al Gore exclaims in an interview with Peter Jennings that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his "fair share".

Al further explains that the wasps are avoiding taxes by moving their money offshore, exploiting tax loopholes, and ensuring that the bureaucrats appointed to regulate their industries are their friends, through the legal bribery known as "campaign contributions". He claims that more of the budget is spent on corporate subsidies than on welfare,and that a social safety net pays dividends in the form of lower law enforcement and penal system expenses. He is immediately attacked as engaging in "class warfare". Bob Barr draws up impeachment papers. House Majority Leader Dick Armey is quoted as saying, "Buddhist Temple blah blah invented the internet blah blah Love Canal blah blah Love Story blah blah."

Finally, the EEOC drafts the "Economic Equity and Anti-Ant 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.

Or, would have, had the Supreme Court not struck the act down (5-4),on the grounds that they didn't like it. The fact that two of the Justices had relatives working for the ant, one had a long history of discriminating against grasshoppers, and one had publicly expressed support for the ant was deemed completely irrelevant.

Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients who can only hear cases on Thursday's between 1:30 and 3:00 PM when there are no talk shows scheduled. The ant loses the case. Then he woke up, and remembered that since the judiciary had been shifted to the right for 12 years under Reagan and Bush, and since Orrin Hatch's Judiciary Committee refused to even give any center-left judges a hearing, the only Clinton-appointed judges were center-right. The grasshopper's suit was dismissed as having no merit.
Eventually, the grasshopper does in fact manage to find a job, working in the same factory as the ant. In fact, the factory started to hire lots of grasshoppers, since they would work more cheaply than the ants, the low wage still being a huge improvement over the welfare check that had previously enabled his carefree life.

This had unexpected consequences for the ant. One day, the factory foreman came up to him. "I'm sorry, Mr. Ant," he said, trying to avoid eye contact. "There's so much cheap grasshopper labor on the market these days that I can't afford to keep you working for me. I'm going to have to let you go." Not long after losing his job, the ant became ill, he'd contracted cancer through exposure at his job. Because of deregulation and tort reform, the ant had no legal recourse.

Unfortunately, his health insurance had lapsed after he lost his job. Medical expenses quickly devoured his savings and his assets. When his money ran out, he got thrown out of the hospital, and was last seen hanging out in an alley; filthy and wearing a "will work for food" sign.

This was eventually the fate of the grasshopper as well. One day the wasp who owned the factory decided that he could make even more money by closing the factory and opening a new one in Thailand, where the grasshoppers will work for even less money and the government environmental and safety regulations are even less "burdensome". And the wasp lived happily ever after.

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rainy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 05:41 PM
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17. incredible
I'm copying this and fowarding it to all who received the first Ant and Grasshopper story. Thanks a lot.
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Qutzupalotl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 06:19 PM
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18. Response from an earlier post
Sorry, I didn't save the original poster's name, but I like this one. It's all smartassy:

An ant is born very wealthy.
He gets into college because he is a legacy.
He runs three businesses into the ground but still manages to make money.
He is a heavy drinker.
He decides to run for public office and wins because his dad held the same office.
He cuts out every tax that benefits the wealthy.

The grasshopper is too disabled too work because he fought in a war that the ant started.
Because the grasshopper cannot work has no health care and is denied veteran's benefits, he becomes more ill.
The ant denies the grasshopper a tax cut because the ant says the grasshopper does not pay "income" taxes.
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 05:12 PM
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15. Ant states (red) receive disproportional amount of Federal aid
Grasshopper states (blue) pay way more in taxes than receive back while ant states (red) pay in way less and get way more back of federal revenue. moral is ants need welfare paid for by grasshopper. Grasshopper enjoys life and ant worries about not getting the biggest share.
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Syn_Dem Donating Member (505 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 05:15 PM
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16. wow....
that certainly is a lot more complex
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