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New Aesop Fable of Ant and Grasshopper

Travel Tips are common sense, a writer of travel tips needs to moralize when writing them, it is the solution, to twist the words so a person can see the light.

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

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

Be responsible for yourself!

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Friday, January 29, 2010
By Andy Graham of
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The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green.'

ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome.” Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper' s sake..

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper' s

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and once peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

I will pause the Fable
I am not sure this last line is needed, but it came with story, I will include it. Generally, a wise person is not going to blame the President for the problems of the USA, the President is mirroring the attitudes demanded by the people.

Be careful how you vote in 2010!
I’ve sent this to you because I believe that you are an ant – not a grasshopper!
Make sure that you pass this on to other ants. Don’t bother sending it on to any grasshoppers because they wouldn’t understand it, anyway.

New Aesop Fable of Ant and Grasshopper


That's funny and sad at the same time. If the grasshoppers become the majority in this country, we're doomed!


Poor can vote for Rich to give them money, no incentive to become wealthy. I think Vic is saying, leave the USA or Europe when you get rich.

The big money from Central and South America is put in the USA banks, eventually this will change.

John Tadpole

Andy, Great twist to the old fable. I was the grasshopper for a while but I had a family that provided a little guidance and help when winters were coming. Just enough not to die. I slowly learned to adopt a few ant rules. The good news on voting is grashoppers are generally too busy partying to notice and the ants generally trudge to the poles.


This was a wonderful post, meant to read, re read and digested. I remember when I was about 8 years old and needed $10 to buy something or other that friends of mine were buying at the store, I asked my Dad for the money, he asked me if I knew how to spell, said sure "I'm a spelling Bee Champion", then spell this, said my Dad: M O W T H E L A W N R A K E T H E L E A V E S.
All of us worked then and saved our money, when of age in high school we got our Social Security cards and worked after school.
When unemployed in New York worked as a waiter or taxi driver once as a foot messenger in the 60s
When I came into recovery in New York in the 1970s heard people whining they could not find work, a friend of mine whose father emigrated to the US from Jamaica as a
youth and started working as a rag picker, told the poor grasshopper "You can shovel sh-t if it puts food on the table, because you can always wash your hands afterwards"
Wen I left the USA in the 1980s to relocate, I was put into hands of mentors, who thought and acted much like my Father, dishing out tough love when needed. Rear End kicking when necessary.
I always worked, always saved, lived frugally. The way I was brought up.
Often I get nostalgic when you write this stuff on your bloq.
Think most people want to wor, gives one a sense of self worth.