There was a young man working for me recently, who came from an impoverished country in Africa. One day, we were talking about the politics of the day here in America, and he told me the following tale.
It seems that, in his country, there were herds of wild pigs roaming free across his country. As a source of food, these pigs were hunted, but not very successfully because they were smart, fast and not too easy to catch. One villager, however, came up with the perfect plan for catching the wild pigs, and he imparted this information to other villagers.
HOW TO TRAP WILD PIGS.
First, you need to find an area where the pigs normally go to feed. Once you have found this area, go there regularly and scatter a goodly amount of corn around on the ground. Do this for several days until the pigs are used to getting the corn every day.
After that first few days, build a large fence just along one side of the corn pile. Let the pigs continue to feed everyday and soon they will be used to the segment of fence. A few days after that, put up a second fence segment, fencing in two sides of the corn pile. After the pigs have gotten used to that second segment, as they will, put up a third segment of fence.
Last of all, when the pigs are used to going into the three-sided fenced enclosure, install a swinging gate on the fourth side. When the pigs come for their FREE corn, close the gate and you have captured the entire herd.
Does anybody see any parallels between this story and the ongoing politics of entitlement in the United States? Think about it for a little while and see what you think. I would say we are somewhere between the "third side of the fence" and the installation of "the gate." You may not agree, but take a look at what is being taken over by our government in the name of the common good. Barack Obama and his cohorts just keep laying out the corn and a large number of our citizens gobble it up and get used to it. At this rate, it won't be long before the gate is closed.