The Ant and The Grasshopper, 2008 Edition

With what looks like imminent
passage of the Mother of All Bailouts (following on the
heels of a year`s worth of government-funded rescues of
private homeowners, lenders, insurers and automakers),
Washington has turned Aesop`s famous fable about
prudence and hard work on its head. The time is ripe for
a revised 2008 edition of
The
Ant and the Grasshopper
:”

In a meadow on a hot summer`s day,
a Grasshopper was chirping and carousing his time away.
He watched scornfully as an Ant nearby struggled to
store up large kernels of food and build a secure nest.
The Ant pulled overtime shifts to pay off his loans and
accumulate retirement funds for the future.

“Give it a rest,”
the Grasshopper said.
“Why bother
saving and slaving and toiling and moiling? Let`s
party!”
The Ant demurred:
“I am planning
ahead for winter, and you should do the same.”
The
Grasshopper blew off the Ant, squandered his supplies
the rest of the season and abandoned his home while on
vacation (paid for by

tapping every last cent of his home equity gain
)
instead of holding down a job.

When winter came, the Grasshopper`s
pantry was empty, and his shelter ruined from neglect.
The Ant, weary from planting, harvesting, and stocking
up for months, was dining comfortably in his nest.

Cold, hungry, jobless, facing
foreclosure and up to his two pairs of eyeballs in debt,
the Grasshopper limped to the

Association of Community Winged Insects for Rescue Now

and demanded recourse. The office was

swamped
wwith thousands just like him. ACWIRN
immediately put the Grasshopper to work registering dead
ants as new voters.

Funded with tax dollars from the
rest of the meadow`s residents, ACWIRN organized mass
protests at the Bank of Antamerica, ambushed its top
officials at their private homes, harassed their
children and demanded that

the meadow`s politicians
halt all foreclosures (“We must keep Grasshoppers in their houses!”) and

outlaw discriminatory lending
practices against
starving, homeless Grasshoppers (“Well-stocked
shelters are basic insect rights!”
))

The banking industry capitulated;
the Orthoptera Lobby secured hundreds of millions of
dollars in

housing earmarks, grants and counseling subsidies
to

support the Grasshoppers
with the

shadiest credit and employment histories
.

Antie Mae
, the meadow`s government-backed home
lending giant, fueled the push for increased insect
homeownership in the name of biodiversity. Its
executives cooked the books and headed for the hills.

Katie Cricket
and the Mainstream Meadow Media joined
the grievance-for-profit circus, profiling Grasshopper
sob stories and drumming up ratings as bewildered Ants
wondered who was looking out for them.

The banks drowned in toxic debt.
More Grasshoppers fell behind on their mortgage
payments.

Bailout
mania and panic gripped the meadow.

Our little Ant, minding his own
business, heard a knock on his door one late winter
night a year later. It was his old, sneering Grasshopper
neighbor. With ACWIRN`s presidential candidate,
Barack Cicada,
now in office, the Grasshopper had
been hired by the meadow as a tax collector.

“I`m here to take
your provisions,”
the Grasshopper cackled.

But it was the Ant who had the last
laugh.

“I`ve learned my
lesson,”
he told his shiftless friend.
“Why bother saving and slaving and toiling and moiling? I`ve spent all
my savings. I`m walking away from my mortgage. Thrift is
for suckers,”
the Ant said as he headed out the
door, leaving the Grasshopper empty-handed.

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.

Michelle Malkin [email
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Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores
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