The little red hen

Circulating the internet, sent from my VERY conservative aunt.

The Little Red Hen, she called all of her neighbors together and said, ‘If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?’

‘Not I,’ said the cow.
‘Not I,’ said the duck.
‘Not I,’ said the pig.
‘Not I,’ said the goose.
‘Then I will do it by myself,’ said the little red hen, and so she did. The wheat grew very tall and ripened into golden grain.

‘Who will help me reap my wheat?’ asked the little red hen.
‘Not I,’ said the duck..

‘Out of my classification,’ said the pig.
‘I’d lose my seniority,’ said the cow.

‘I’d lose my unemployment compensation,’ said the goose.

‘Then I will do it by myself,’ said the little red hen, and so she did.

At last it came time to bake the bread.

‘Who will help me bake the bread?’ asked the little red hen.

‘That would be overtime for me,’ said the cow.

‘I’d lose my welfare benefits,’ said the duck.

‘I’m a dropout and never learned how,’ said the pig.

‘If I’m to be the only helper, that’s discrimination,’ said the goose.

‘Then I will do it by myself,’ said the little red hen.

She baked five loaves and held them up for all of her neighbors to see. They wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, ‘No, I shall eat all five loaves.’

‘Excess profits!’ cried the cow. (Nancy Pelosi)

‘Capitalist leech!’ screamed the duck. (Barbara Boxer)

‘I demand equal rights!’ yelled the goose. (Jesse Jackson)

The pig just grunted in disdain. (Ted Kennedy)

And they all painted ‘Unfair!’ picket signs and marched around and around the little red hen, shouting obscenities.

Then the farmer (Obama) came. He said to the little red hen, ‘You must not be so greedy.’

‘But I earned the bread,’ said the little red hen.

‘Exactly,’ said Barack the farmer. ‘That is what makes our free enterprise system so wonderful. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide the fruits of their labor with those who are lazy and idle.’

And they all lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, ‘I am grateful, for now I truly understand.’

But her neighbors became quite disappointed in her. She never again baked bread because she joined the ‘party’ and got her bread free. And all the Democrats smiled. ‘Fairness’ had been established.

Individual initiative had died, but nobody noticed; perhaps no one cared…so long as there was free bread that ‘the rich’ were paying for.

EPILOGUE

Bill Clinton is getting $12 million for his memoirs.

Hillary got $8 million for hers.

That’s $20 million for the memories from two people, who for eight years, repeatedly testified, under oath, that they couldn’t remember anything.

IS THIS A GREAT BARNYARD OR WHAT?

Comments

  1. And the “rich” moved, died, and divested ,

    And the bread became scarcer,

    And soon the Barnyard was no more.

  2. The problem I have with these types of analogies is that they try to way over simplify things, IMO. Are some people who are low income lazy and idle? Sure. Are all or most of them? I really don’t think so. There are plenty of people who work hard and don’t make much nor get decent benefits. They still contribute to society. Their jobs are necessary. Sure, some of those people might move up to something better eventually, but those jobs are still needed and someone has to do them.

    Do I think everyone should have the exact same size house, same type of car, etc? No. Do I think every citizen should have affordable and timely access to good healthcare? Yes.

    Do I think every young citizen who works hard and does well in school should have an affordable opportunity to attend college if they want regardless of what economic situation their parents are in? Yes. Do I think people should have a college education handed to them on a silver platter? No.

    My family is easily in at least the top 95% income wise and our 2 adult kids didn’t get college handed to them on a silver platter, they had to work and earn a substantial portion of their own support. My husband and I both put ourselves through college 20+ years ago and they were good character building experiences for us. We didn’t want to deprive our kids of those same types of character building experiences.

    I don’t look down on people doing menial, low paying jobs and think they just aren’t ambitious enough and don’t deserve any help when necessary. Like I said, we need all different kinds of people for all the different kinds of jobs.

    We entrepreneurs wouldn’t get very far if there weren’t people willing to be our employees. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship (most of the time) and I think we should treat it as such. Employees should do their best at their job and Employers should look out for their employees and treat them the very best they can.

    The problem I can have with some conversatives is that they warp the definition of personal responsibility into an excuse for excessive greed. See, I agree with Uncle Ben from Spider-man that with great power comes great responsibility. We give our employees the best benefits we can afford. We could reduce the benefits and have even more profit for ourselves, move up to the 98-99th percentile instead of the 95th, but we like to treat our employees like human beings instead of just disposable cogs. We appreciate our employees, they are necessary to our business. And we’re already living better than 95% or so of the rest of the country so do we really need more?

    It certainly would be a lot easier to think that it’s moral and ethical for us to amass as much profit/wealth as we possibly can, by keeping all our business expenses (specifically employee wages and benefits) as low as the local market will tolerate, but just because it’s easier to think it, doesn’t make it so.

  3. Do I think every citizen should have affordable and timely access to good healthcare? Yes.

    Do I think every young citizen who works hard and does well in school should have an affordable opportunity to attend college if they want regardless of what economic situation their parents are in? Yes.

    Who wouldn’t? But a better question is “How much are you willing to ‘give’ of your income to make that happen?”

  4. Noelle, thanks for taking the time to write about something in which you are obviously passionate.

    There’s a whole lot missing, though. People – and I mean any person – has access to good healthcare. They show up in emergency rooms all the time because they refuse to invest in the system already provided. No one turns them away.

    Yes, education should be affordable. But like everything else in our capitalist economy, that doesn’t mean you pay the least to get the best. If you want an exemplary education, you should expect to pay for it, just like if you want an exemplary automobile. (In this let me say that I know people that make more than a million each year on what USNEWS still labels a third-tier education.)

    You as a business owner makes a deal with your employees. If you reached for the 99%, you might well lose a couple of good workers and end up in the 60th because your business fell apart.

    Capitalism works. The problem is, healthcare has been removed from the capital marketplace with tons of government oversight. Should that be removed again, one might find a doctor willing to make house calls. (Which is still available, BTW, for a price.)

  5. I love the analogy. It makes perfect sense to me. Why would anyone ever try to get ahead if they are continually punished for doing so? Why would anyone ever try to get ahead when they know everything will just be handed to them? It doesn’t work for anyone involved. Life isn’t fair, not everyone can be equal. It has been that way since the first 2 people on Earth.

    In addition, Barack keeps promising the moon to people and never mentions how he is going to fund it all. He is going to cut taxes but increase spending? How does that work? The top 5% will be responsible for paying for the entire country to get all the benefits Obama wants to hand out? The man is frightening. He wants to turn us into a Socialist country! No thanks!