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A Modern Version of "The Little Red Hen"

The Little Red Hen in Obamaville
Adapted by Chinishque
 republished with permission

Once upon a time there was a little red hen. She lived with a pig, a duck and a cat.

They all lived in a pretty little house which the little red hen liked to keep clean and tidy. The little red hen worked hard at her jobs all day. The others never helped. Although they said they meant to, they were all far too lazy. The pig liked to grunt in the mud outside, the duck used to swim in the pond all day, and the cat enjoyed lying in the sun, purring.

One day the little red hen was working in the garden when she found a grain of corn.

“Who will plant this grain of corn?” she asked.

“Not I,” grunted the pig from his muddy patch in the garden.

“Not I,” quacked the duck from her pond.

“Not I,” purred the cat from his place in the sun.

So the little red hen went to look for a nice bit of earth, scratched it with her feet and planted the grain of corn.

During the summer the grain of corn grew. First it grew into a tall green stalk, then it ripened in the sun until it had turned a lovely golden colour. The little red hen saw that the corn was ready for cutting.

“Who will help me cut the corn?” asked the little red hen.

“Not I,” grunted the pig from his muddy patch in the garden.

“Not I,” quacked the duck from her pond.

“Not I,” purred the cat from his place in the sun.

“Very well then, I will cut it myself,” said the little red hen. Carefully she cut the stalk and took out all the grains of corn.

“Who will take the corn to the mill, so that it can be ground into flour?” asked the little red hen.

“Not I,” grunted the pig from his muddy patch in the garden.

“Not I,” quacked the duck from her pond.

“Not I,” purred the cat from his place in the sun.

So the little red hen took the corn to the mill herself, and asked the miller if he would be so kind as to grind it into flour.

In time the miller sent a little bag of flour down to the house where the little red hen lived with the pig and the duck and the cat.

“Who will help me to make the flour into bread?” asked the little red hen.

“Not I,” grunted the pig from his muddy patch in the garden.

“Not I,” quacked the duck from her pond.

“Not I,” purred the cat from his place in the sun.

“Very well,” said the little red hen. “I shall make the bread myself.” She went into her neat little kitchen. She mixed the flour into dough. She kneaded the dough and put it into the oven to bake.

Soon there was a lovely smell of hot fresh bread. It filled all the corners of the house and wafted out into the garden. The pig came into the kitchen from his muddy patch in the garden, the duck came in from the pond and the cat left his place in the sun. When the little red hen opened the oven door the dough had risen up and had turned into the nicest, most delicious looking loaf of bread any of them had seen.

“Who is going to eat this bread?” asked the little red hen.

“I will,” grunted the pig.

“I will,” quacked the duck.

“I will,” purred the cat.

Oh no, you won’t,” said the little red hen. “I planted the seed, I cut the corn, I took it to the mill to be made into flour, and I made the bread, all by myself. I shall now eat the loaf all by myself.”

The pig, the duck and the cat all stood and watched as the little red hen began to eat the loaf all by herself. The first bite was delicious but just then the Eagle swooped in from high above and looked at the scene of the little red hen eating her delicious bread with the cat, the pig and the duck watching her and they looked very hungry.

“Who’s bread is this?” asked the Eagle.

“It is mine.” said the little red hen.

“The others are hungry.” said the Eagle. “Why aren’t you sharing this bounty with them?”

“I asked them to help but none of them would.” said the little red hen as she prepared to take another bite. “I planted the seed, I cut the corn, I took it to the mill to be made into flour, and I made the bread all by myself.”

“You didn’t make that bread yourself!” said the Eagle. “Is not the land owned by all and what about the sun and the rain? Did not the community build the road on which you walked to the mill? Is not the mill a co-op built with funding from the community? And what of the gas that came through the pipeline that heated your stove to bake the bread? Is it not pumped from the ground the community owns? No, little red hen, you did not make that bread on your own.”

And with that statement the Eagle took the loaf of bread away from the little red hen and ripped it half and as he ate the first half he ripped the other into three equal parts and gave one to the pig who gobbled it up at once, one to the cat who purred as he ate it, and one to the duck who quacked in delight at the wonderful taste of the bread.

“But what about me?” said the little red hen. “Where is my piece?” “what of my labor?”

“You were greedy!” said the Eagle. “If you want your share then you will have to plant more seed, cut the corn, take it to mill, and bake it into bread, but the next time you will know that YOU did not make it and that it belongs to all. You will share it or again you will have none.”

The Eagle then leaped into the air and flew high above circling and watching. The pig went back to wallow in his mud, the cat back to lay in the sunny spot, and the duck back to swimming in the pond. All of them chuckling at the little red hen who had thought that she had made the bread herself.

“I will never make bread again or perform any kind of labor if others may reap but don’t have to work!” said the little red hen to herself. And true to her word she never cleaned the little house again and all the animals lived in filth. The very next winter all the animals starved to death for the lack of bread.

Jesus, Government, the Rich and the Poor

Sometimes on Twitter, one sees interesting things, such as this tweet from RexHuppke.

My favorite part of the Bible is where Jesus gives money to the rich, tells the poor to suck it up and asks for Caesar’s birth certificate.

I had to reply to this by saying,

My favorite part of the Bible is where Jesus said pay more taxes to Rome and let them redistribute it. ^_~

Now, just to be clear, Rex appears to be posting tongue-in-cheek here as he tweets comedy stuff but there are people who do have a similar belief about Christ, the poor, and government.

Christ spoke about people being charitable and giving to the poor but he NEVER spoke of having Rome (the government) come in, tax or otherwise take massive amounts of money from the rich, then redistribute it to the poor.  Such an act has no meaning.  Indeed, when it comes to the poor, Christ indicated that the poor will always be around, as seen in these passages from Matthew and Mark.

6 And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. 8 But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9 For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” 10 But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. 11 For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. 12 For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. 13 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” Matthew 26:6-13

3 And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. 4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. 6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. 7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. 8 She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. 9 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” Mark 14:3-9

In the Gospel of John, he doesn’t beat about the bush on who decried the expenditure of a luxury item on Christ as a waste of money that could have been given to the poor, nor does John hesitate to say WHY there was this “concern” for the poor.

1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. 2 There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. 3 Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 4 Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, 5 “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. 7 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. 8 For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.” John 12:1-8

This passage is how I see politicians and political activist who supposedly care about the poor.  I include union bosses who supposedly care about the working man in this as well.  They don’t really care about the poor, they just want the money and power that goes with it.  Big Government types want to tax the heck out of people for programs for the poor but naturally the poor only get a pittance as Big Government takes its cut all along the way with bureaucracies, red tape, and whatever else that eats of massive amounts of taken money.  These politicians also make sure to reward those who donate to their re-election campaigns, to the general election campaigns of their political party, and who otherwise support them and the “correct” causes.

That’s how General Electric can get away with not paying a dime in taxes — crony capitalism.  G.E. and its head make massive political donations to the President and his party and in return, Government policies are geared to help G.E. get rich on so called “green” technologies while at the same time, G.E.’s head is an adviser to the President.  Nice, isn’t it?  Imagine the outcry if this had been George Bush doing this kind of crap.

I feel the same way about unions.  While there’s no doubt that many CEO’s and corporate executives “rape” their employees, union bosses do the same thing as far as I’m concerned.  The difference is that there’s no doubt when the corporate boss is raping you.  The union boss thinks that just because he gives you the common courtesy of a reach-around, you’ll be fooled into thinking that he cares about you and thus this isn’t rape.  Sorry, rape is rape whether you give a reach-around, use Vaseline, or even throw some dollars my way. (Sorry to be so frank there, but sometimes its best not to beat around the bush.)

You know, I don’t give a crap about how much a rich person makes and I’m not rich or anywhere close to it.  I only care about getting paid what I’m worth, which in today’s horrible economy isn’t easy to do.  As such, in 2009, I earned 60% less money than I did in 2008 as I got laid off and had to settle for whatever I could get to pay the bills.  Last year, my income rose by about 10%, mainly due to me working a ton of overtime.  I’m still looking for a new, better job that will pay me what I’m worth and I have an interview this week in that regard.

My point is that the government taking more money from the rich doesn’t help me at all, even though my income isn’t all that great.  I already know the richest Americans pay the bulk of the income tax burden in the country while half the country pays zero income tax (I don’t qualify because I don’t have a house full of kids or the like to get money redistributed my way). I know there are tons of small business people who file their taxes on their personal income tax who are vilified as “rich” because they may take in $250,000+ in revenue even though their personal take is only a fraction of that (meaning they aren’t rich).

The government spending itself into bankruptcy is not good for the country nor for the people in it such as myself. I don’t want Big Brother standing over me. telling me how much money is too much; I don’t want Big Brother standing over me, telling me what foods I should eat, what clothes I should where, what things I should read, what programs I should watch, or anything else with my personal life. 

Christ, in His ministry on Earth, never once spoke of how the rich need to pay more taxes.  He never once spoke of how Rome needed to take care of the people better nor how the specific rulers of Israel needed to do the same with more social programs.  Instead, Christ preached that man could not save themselves and that the only way to be saved was through Christ and his death and resurrection.  Christ did viciously attack the religious leaders of the day, who did get rich off of the people and loved the power, riches, and praises over God.  They redefined the laws God had established to suit their own ends, much as many politicians in American continuously attempt to redefine the Constitution to meet their own ends.

Finally, when it comes to the rich and the poor and taking care of that which is important to us, I think of these passages from the Bible.

41 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 42 Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12:41-44

1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” Luke 21:1-4

This is an amazing account because this widow wasn’t forced to give her money. She loved God so much, she gave it all to Him willingly and thus Christ notes it.  She wasn’t protesting lack programs for the poor and certainly there would have been nothing wrong with her taking her tiny amount of money and using it for her personal needs.  Instead, she gave it away.  If only I loved the Lord that much. 

I’ve rambled a bunch and probably said nothing.  Nevertheless, I hope everyone has a good Easter and remembers that for those of us who believe, Christ is risen and our sins (which are too many to count) are forgiven by Him and Him alone.  ^_^

Tea Party Racism — Yeah, Right

I know someone from my high school days who is African American and who just assumes that anyone attending a Tea Party is an automatic racist. When my brother tried to get him to watch this video, he refused as he’d rather live in the comfort of his false belief. Sad, really.

I suppose that one day, I should make time to go to one of these events. Lord knows my taxes are outrageously high and I’m not rich, yet I’m in that 50% of Americans who pay income tax to the Feds.

Oh, and Mr. President — a “tax credit” is not a “tax cut.”

Teleprompter and Our President

*lol* This is too funny to me.
The Brits have apparently been much harsher on President Obama’s addiction to a teleprompter than our own press has been. They’ve also pointed out more of the gaffs and stuff than our press has. Of course, if the president had an “(R)” after his name, we’d see all of this on the news frequently and the late night comedians would be going nuts over it (such as when the president tried to walk through a glass window or hit his head on Marine 1, reminding my of President Ford’s similar accidents).

President Obama and Democrats to Old People — DIE!

Bloomberg has this interesting piece about yet another element of the so-called stimulus bill wherein Big Brother creates a Health Czar to allegedly control the costs of health care. In fact, this system is worse than the crappiest health insurance company out there as ALL doctors must submit to Big Brother. Big Brother will then determine is a course of treatment, tests, drugs, whatever should be done. If Big Brother feels it isn’t required, screw you. If you are an old person and the cost of a treatment outweighs whatever life expectancy you have, just get over yourself and die already!

So, let the glorious new Big Brother Obama world form as we start down the road of Eugenics. *_*

Man, I’m afraid this is going to be a rough four years or longer. The outrageous spending on Democrat paybacks is bad enough. This little tidbit about Big Brother trying to run our lives more in matters of health just takes the cake.

Change I Can Believe In

Congrats to Michael Steele on becoming the RNC chairman. I hoped he’d win because I’ve liked a lot of what he’s said. Now, go kick some bottom in the war you are going to face against the press. Also, get out there and be what you are, not “Democrat Light.” Ugh. I hated that about President Bush and many Republicans — they seemed to think that being Democrat Light was a way to stay in power. I guess they now know better. If people want Democrat ideas and policies, they’ll elect the real thing, not faux crap.

Five Myths About the Great Depression

The Wall Street Journal Online has an interesting article about some myths regarding the Great Depression. Some of this I already knew (such as President Hoover being a liberal Republican and that government policies to “help” people actually caused more problems) but some was new to me. In many ways, I can see the U.S. heading down the same road today because our view of history sadly starts from the time of our first memories. Anything before that is just stuff that happened to other people (assuming it is accurately taught).

Sheeze, I’m Glad It’s Over

I am glad the election is finally over. Sadly, in a very short time, the politicians will begin campaigns for the 2010 election because frankly, it has just about become a case where all they do is work to stay in power and that disgusts me.

Still, for a little while, no more phone calls telling me how firefighters, police, and teachers will be silenced if certain amendments pass (amendments, which frankly actually help people who don’t wish to have anything to do with a union but are forced to by union thug rules and laws), no more calls telling me to vote for this or vote against that, period. Sweet, sweet, relief.

I am amazed by my state though. People who’ve lived in Colorado for years (this includes a lot of liberals and Democrats) complain bitterly about how Californians are wrecking our state. Immigrant Californians come to Colorado to flee the absolute mess of higher taxes and everything else that goes on over there. These two groups then come together and begin electing the same kinds of leaders and passing the same kinds of ballot initiatives that caused the mess in California that they both complain about in the first place. What the smeg is up with that kind of thinking?

Anyway, I figure that our country is in for another Jimmy Carter time, and that’s not good. We’ll see what happens though.

The End of a "Rich Man’s Tax"

On April 25, 1889, the United States Congress declared war on Spain, thus starting the Spanish-American War. Since wars cost money, politicians immediately look to raise taxes to pay for the increased expenditures. As such, Congress passed a tax levy on the 1400 “rich” Americans who owned phones. This tax levy added 1-cent to the cost of each telephone call made. Since only the rich had phones, why not tax those bastards?

The war ended on December 10, 1889 with America victorious over the much weaker Spain. Unfortunately, the tax was never removed from the books. So the results were that over time, the tax was increased and suddenly everyone was paying the tax, not just the rich.

Now here are some important questions.

1) Why are we still paying a tax that was started to “tax the rich” and to pay for the Spanish-American War?
2) If this was done to be a tax on the rich, why are all of us non-rich folks paying this tax?

For question 1, there is some good news. This tax on long distance will FINALLY end on July 31, 2006, as the Federal Government will no longer collect the tax. Indeed, there will be a tiny refund for most of us, providing we jump through all the hoops required by the government, which will be done in 2007 via your 2006 income tax return. Unfortunately, as of this writing, you’ll still pay Federal tax on local service.

So now the question is, “Why WERE we paying this tax all this time when the Spanish-American War ended in 1898?” Simple. Once the government finds a way of getting more of your money, they aren’t going to just stop collecting it. The war may have been over, but politicians need to buy votes, which usually means spending wads of tax dollars in their districts or starting some new government program under the guise of, “We really, really care about you and want to help.” Sadly, the help is pretty weak and the cost to provide the “help” outrageous. That’s why over time, the tax was raised and revamped, as it was in 1965. In 1990, the tax was raised to 3%.

The government has been taken to court over this tax and has lost repeatedly. The courts have ruled that the tax is illegal FOURTEEN TIMES, but the government still collected the tax due to the way our laws are written. Aren’t our legislators clever in how they manage to keep the tax from being stopped by the courts and the government can continue to get fatter and fatter off of illegal taxes? Anyway, in 2005, again the IRS defended the tax in court. Who defended us poor, raped taxpayers? Ironically, it is the evil “Big Business” that took the government to court to put an end to this illegal and unjust tax.

While I do give credit to the Bush administration for finally saying, “the tax is over,” I’m annoyed that it took this long. Further, I’m annoyed that the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation is now crying about how much revenue the government will lose. Too bad, smeg heads! It isn’t your money and you aren’t entitled to it! Gah! The arrogance of our lawmakers never ceases to astound me! They claim that the poor government will lost $67 billion. In 1898, congress only allocated $50 million for the Spanish-American War! Smeg heads!

Now onto question 2. As with the first question, it must be modified in light of the tax being removed. “Why WERE we non-rich folks paying this tax?”

I’m sure you’ve heard our glorious law-makers squawking about making the rich pay more, and how any tax cuts automatically is a “tax-cut for the wealthy” (which only makes sense since the wealthy pay most of the taxes, it would stand to reason they’d get more dollars back…but I digress). Our law-makers have a long history of greedily looking to the so-called wealthy because “they can afford it” and then passing a tax to punish them for the crime of having money. Apparently only the government can be wealthy.

So with the mantra of “tax the rich” on their lips, congress assures you, the common folk, that this new tax won’t touch you, but will only tax those evil wealthy bastards. Since so many folks like the idea of rich people getting hit in the wallet, it is an easy sell. The problem is that anytime the government promises something, even with very good intentions, they put us on the Highway to Hell more often than not.

That’s what happened here. Even though the war was over in less than a year and congress only allocated $50 million for this war, why stop collecting the tax? As the Federal Government grew, its appetite for more tax money increased as well. Further, more and more Americans could now afford a phone as the cost of the technology went down. Ironically, to get rural (and often poor) folks hooked up to telephone service (and thus paying this rich-man’s tax), the government in 1949 enacted legislation to improve rural U.S. telephone service. I believe another tax was passed to do this as well, but at present have been unable to find the details in the sea of information.

So for as long as you’ve had a phone through August 1, 2006, you will have been paying a tax that was designed to be a rich-man’s tax to pay for the 1898 Spanish-American War. How does that make you feel?

By the way, those of you working hard and taking home more and more money should be alert for the Alternative Minimum Tax (Tax Reform Act of 1969). In 1969, congress attempted to punish a very few rich folks who used the tax law to get out of paying income tax. In 2005, the Treasury Department figures show that nearly 15% of households with incomes as low as $75,000 must pay the AMT! So when the government says that a new tax is only targeted at the rich, don’t believe it.

Sources:

ars-technica
Homeland Stupidity
Wikopedia
Chicago Tribune
Paul Bunyah Telephone
TMCnet
National Associateion of Manufactures
Treasury Department