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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

How to Catch Wild Pigs

I've been trying not to take my blog in a political direction, but as the election approaches, that's what's on my mind. I'm still an undecided voter, and I'm weighing everything out really carefully in my mind. One of my major concerns about Obama is his "the government will" attitude. I do not want my children to grow up in a country where we expect our government to give us things that we did not earn, or things that are really not in the best interest of our country. Because this has been on my mind lately, I found the following story really interesting. Check it out:

There was a Chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Prof noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist government. In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question.

He asked, ‘ Do you know how to catch wild pigs?’ The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke. ‘You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how To forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms- just a little at a time.

One should always remember "There is no such thing as a free Lunch!" Also, a politician will never provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.


Kris said...

Awesome story. So much truth to it! Christopher and I watched the debate last night and we both are still undecided as well. For me, this has been the hardest presidential election to decide on.

Jay said...

Excellent post I see the same thing & fear what may be coming.