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 professor
noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and
scratching as if his back hurt.
The professor asked the young man what was the matter? The student told
him that a bullet had lodged in his back. He had been fighting communists in
his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government
and install a 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 it was
"You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting
some corn on the ground. The pig finds it and begin to come every day to eat
the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence
down one side 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 the gate in the last side. The pigs,
which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat the 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
the inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free
corn again. They are so used to it 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 exemptions,
tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments for not to plant crops (CPR),
welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms, just a
little at a time.
One should always remember two truths:
There is no such thing as a free lunch 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 pass this
on to your friends.
If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will
probably disregard this.
But God help you when the gate slams shut !