Handicapping a Hero
There once was a village on a hill. It was the envy of the region. Its prosperity was only matched by its generosity. The values of the village centered on honesty and hard work. As long as honesty and hard work continued, free enterprise flourished.
Over time some realized that others were “more prosperous” than they were, and that there were “shortcuts” around honesty and hard work. Soon the number of people committed to good, honest, hard work began to shrink, and the number of those looking for a handout instead of a hand up began to increase.
The “smart” leaders got involved. “What we need is rules to ensure fairness,” they said. The now small-in-number but steadfast citizens who worked hard and lived honestly just kept their heads down. They didn’t notice that the “fairness” rules weren’t really “fair” to them.
Then one day a crisis came. The very existence of the village was at stake. But there was also a solution. Pick the strongest, most honest, hard-working villager and ask him at great sacrifice to lead the villagers out of the mess. The plan was simple; across the lake not far from the village was the land of opportunity. All the hero had to do was swim across and do what he does best – work hard, work honestly.
It was set. The plan was in place. But then the “smart” leaders got together and came up with a better plan. “Since you are going to the land of opportunity, you need to take these with you.” They then tied a five-pound weight on his left hand called “healthcare.” On his right hand they tied a 10 pound weight called “debt.” On his left foot they tied a five-pound weight called “cap and trade,” and on his right foot they tied a five-pound weight called “illegal immigration.”
As our hero waded into the lake ready to try and swim to the land of opportunity, weighted down with what the “smart” leaders had given him, a hush fell over the crowd. Then a small girl in a big voice said, “Won’t we all die if he doesn’t make it? Why don’t we give him flippers in stead of weights?”