Catching pigs

Discussion in 'Campfire' started by reflex1, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. reflex1

    reflex1 Well-Known Member Supporting Member


    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, an 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 regime. 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 that it 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, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then 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 in 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, tax cuts, tax exemptions, 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 two truths:

    1) There is no such thing as a free lunch.

    2) and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.

    If you see that all of this wonderful government 'help' is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America , you might want to send this on to your friends.

    If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will probably ignore this.

    But God help you when the gate slams shut!
  2. Yep, R.A. Heinlein was right on... TANSTAAFL!!!!!


  3. I pray to the Lord that I am not making any grunting sounds! :smack: Often America forgets that every time the government gives us something that we are paying for it ten or more times over.

    It's like I jokingly told people when I went into business for myself. "Yeah it's great. I buy anything my heart desires and the company pays for it!" There is a day that the bills show up, either in our own business or from the government. They won't take no for an answer.

    I wish it was like in the joke where the guy is in the IRS office saying "I know you want it on April 15th, but when do you really have to have it." They want it now. We really do have taxation without representation. Do you know of any elected politicians that really care about the folks they are sworn to represent? Me neither. Will the wealthy ruling class take care of those ordinary American citizens? No.

    We encourage welfare mothers to have more babies and we get the bill. I can't tell you how many times I have seen new or nearly new Cadillacs or other luxury cars (more than one) parked in front of the welfare office in Saline county (benton). If you made a study of it your county I'll wager that you would see the same thing.

    If you can fix it yourself do so. If you can grow it yourself do so. If you can catch it, shoot it, build it, make it, do so. If you have to have some purchased thing try to buy it used. Do you really need it?

    Reflex - man this is thought provoking. Being independent is good in many things.

    Free lunch from the government costs more than we can afford. Our vote is our chief weapon. Remember Bill Alexander? The vote booted him out.