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The Ant and the Grasshopper

Version One:  The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building and improving his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

THE END

Version Two (in the US, present day):
(in the US, present day)
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. A social worker finds the shivering grasshopper, calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others less fortunate, like the grasshopper, are cold and starving.

The ABC, NBC, CNN, and all other lefty networks show up to provide live coverage of the shivering grasshopper; with cuts to a video of the ant in his comfortable warm home with a table laden with food.

The press informs people that they should be ashamed that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so while others have plenty.

Nancy Pelosi, Greenpeace, Animal Rights and The Grasshopper Housing Commission demonstrate in front of the ant’s house.

The ABC, NBC, CNN, and all other lefty networks, interrupting a cultural festival special from St Kilda with breaking news, broadcasts a multi cultural choir singing ‘We Shall Overcome’.

Larry King rants in an interview with Obama that the ant got rich off the backs of grasshoppers, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his ‘fair share’ and increases the charge for ants to enter Washington city centre.

In response to pressure from the media, the Government drafts the Economic Equity and Grasshopper Anti Discrimination Act, retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant’s taxes are reassessed. He is taken to court and fined for failing to hire grasshoppers as builders for the work he was doing on his home, and an additional fine for contempt when he told the court the grasshopper did not want to work.

The grasshopper is provided with a Housing Commission house, financial aid to furnish it and an account with a local taxi firm to ensure he can be socially mobile. The ant’s food is seized and re-distributed to the more needy members of society – in this case the grasshopper.

Without enough money to buy more food, to pay the fine and his newly imposed retroactive taxes, the ant has to downsize and start building a new home.

The local authority takes over his old home and utilizes it as a temporary home for asylum seeking cats who had hijacked a plane to get to US as they had to share their country of origin with mice.
On arrival they tried to blow up the airport because of US’ apparent love of dogs.

The cats had been arrested for the international offence of hijacking and attempted bombing but were immediately released because the police fed them pilchards instead of salmon whilst in custody.

Initial moves to make them return them to their own country were abandoned because it was feared they would face death by the mice.
The cats devise and start a scam to obtain money from people’s credit cards.

A 60 Minutes special shows the grasshopper finishing up the last of the ant’s food, though spring is still months away, while the Housing Commission house he is in, crumbles around him because he hasn’t bothered to maintain it. He is shown to be taking drugs.

Inadequate government funding is blamed for the grasshopper’s drug ‘Illness’.

The cats seek recompense in the courts for their treatment since arrival in US.

The grasshopper gets arrested for stabbing an old dog during a burglary to get money for his drugs habit. He is imprisoned but released immediately because he has been in custody for a few weeks. He is placed in the care of the probation service to monitor and supervise him.
Within a few weeks he has killed a guinea pig in a botched robbery.

A commission of enquiry, that will eventually cost $10 million and state the obvious, is set up.

Additional money is put into funding a drug rehabilitation scheme for grasshoppers.

Legal aid for lawyers representing asylum seekers is increased. The asylum seeking cats are praised by the government for enriching US’s multicultural diversity and dogs are criticized by the government for failing to befriend the cats.

The grasshopper dies of a drug overdose.

The usual sections of the press blame it on the obvious failure of government to address the root causes of despair arising from social inequity and his traumatic experience of prison.

They call for the resignation of a minister.

The cats are paid $1 million each because their rights were infringed when the government failed to inform them there were mice in the US .

The ant, the dogs and the victims of the hijacking, the bombing, the burglaries and robberies have to pay an additional percentage on their credit cards to cover losses, their taxes are increased to pay for law and order, and they are told that they will have to work beyond 65 because of a shortfall in government funds.

Spotted at: Last Ditch, re-posted here so you can cry with me over the sad truth of it.  (There is also a Canadian versionan Indian versiona Nepali versiona Maltese versiona South African versiona Pakistani versiona Singaporean version, and a New Zealand version.  Also these two which for some reason use squirrels instead ants (okay…):  The British versionThe Australian version.  Special thanks to Squibs for compiling the list so elegantly.)

Side Note: Squibs makes an excellent point that when condensed, pretty much says this:  In today’s economic atmosphere, it doesn’t matter too much whether you’re the ant or the grasshopper.  Both are pretty much screwed no matter what we do.

While I love the whole AESOP moral of the storyishness of The Ant and the Grasshopper, I have to agree with Squibs that this pretty much sums it all up:

Ugh.

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