A fellow was talking to one of his old farmer friends. Both were leaned against a fence looking out over the farmer’s field in which there were several hogs. The visitor said, “Mighty fine hogs you got there.”
The farmer replied, “Yep, good hogs.”
“I just noticed that one of them is missing a leg.”
“Oh, now, there’s a story. You see, that’s an extra-good hog.”
“Well, one day I was on my tractor in the field right behind this one. No one around for miles. The rear wheel went into an old sinkhole that had filled in with soft mud and the tractor turned over, pinning me underneath. I want you to know, that hog right there used his nose to dig me out. If not for him, I’d have likely died that day.”
“No kidding. That’s quite a story, but it still doesn’t explain how the hog came to lose his leg.”
“Well, now. A good hog like that you don’t eat all at one time.”
I love that story. It reminds me of why I this country is in so much trouble. Did you ever stop to think where all that money the government spends comes from? The obvious answer is “taxes,” but that does not fully capture what is really happening.
Like the farmer, our government does not want to eat us all at once. We are a good source of money. The health care bill, if it passes the Senate in anything like its current form, will tax businesses, small and large, to support the program. Oops. Did I say “tax?” I mean “penalize.” But let’s not quibble over that.
The point is, it’s only one leg. What’s eight percent among friends? Of course we can imagine that farmer a few months later thinking, well, the hog seems OK missing one leg. I’ll bet I could eat another and you’d hardly notice the difference.
My friend, you are the hog. For all the value you create by working or running a business, your reward is financial amputation. Not enough to kill you–just enough to satisfy government’s hunger pangs. After all, look at all you’ve done. Don’t want to eat you all at once…
–Terry was once a farmer. Can you tell? He writes this blog because he thinks human beings are noble creatures who should reap the rewards of their efforts, not animals to be sacrificed to a collection of hare-brained government schemes.