Two Different Versions! Two Different Morals!

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 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 STORY: Be responsible for
yourself!



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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 the a nt 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
others are 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.'

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's
house where the news stations film the group singing kum-by-ya.
and 'We shall overcome.' Jesse then has the group kneel down
to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with
Larry King 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.

Hillary and Barack go on national television agreeing that
the plight of the grasshopper is the fault of George Bush.

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 a proportionate number of
green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive
taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

Obama gets his 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 Clinton 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:


Be very careful how you vote in 2008.