Catching Wild Pigs

November 20, 2008 – 8:47 am

I rarely get political on my blog but it is a blog after all and not written to appease the readers but more for me so… 

I’ve seen many changes in the past year resulting from the combination of economic uncertainty and election year politics that have left me speachless.  I’m afraid the following sums up my concerns on the bail out proposals all to well.  Enjoy.

Catching Wild Pigs

A chemistry professor in a large college had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Professor 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 every day 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 socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs 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! A politician will never provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself. Are we in America on their first fence or the fourth?

‘A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.’ - Thomas Jefferson

  1. 6 Responses to “Catching Wild Pigs”

  2. Amen!

    By DD on Nov 20, 2008

  3. good thing we’re getting rid of the republicans!

    By anonymous on Nov 20, 2008

  4. Typical Lib. Uses Annonymous and a bogus email address. Go get your corn.

    By Mark on Nov 20, 2008

  5. Well said Mark. Don’t hold back on this kind of post.

    By Amy Luby on Nov 20, 2008

  6. Wow, I wish I had seen this earlier. Great post.

    And what is the lib trying to say with “good thing we’re getting rid of the republicans!” Obama is the one offering the programs and trying to redistribute the wealth. Republicans are trying to create and keep more jobs to sustain and revitalize our failing economy. Democrats want to redistribute the wealth from the rich, who create jobs, to the poor and thus are building the fences.

    Robbing the rich is great, in a very simplistic theory, but if they get no benefit from owning businesses, there is no incentive to hire others to work for them. They might as well close up shop and horde what they still have if their wealth is going to be redistributed anyway.

    Tim

    By Computer Network Consulting on Dec 2, 2008

  7. ‘A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.’ isn’t actually a quote from Thomas Jefferson, although it tends to seem more important when attributed to him.

    The quote is actually from Gerald Ford’s August 12th, 1974 address to Congress.

    As Presidents go I think Obama will do just fine. I’d be pleasantly surprised if he turned out to be a Teddy Roosevelt, and I pray he’s not a George Bush.

    Also, “typical lib” is divisive, and not at all in the spirit on which America was founded. And besides, you work for a tech company. The internet is mostly anonymous. Welcome to the internet. :)

    By Moderate on Dec 3, 2008

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