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?”

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11 Comments on “Handicapping a Hero”

  1. Russ Riddle Says:

    Love it! You could expand it to an entire book.

    Have a terrific day!


    • Well said, but will any “smart” people even understand this? I think we need more of this so that the hard working people who feel asleep can begin to fight for their freedom to work hard and flourish because of it!

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  4. anita Says:

    great visual, Tom, …you’re on to something here!

  5. Bo Kociuba Says:

    It is an insanity around us…and it is hard to believe that these imposed ‘good laws’ could become a reality!
    “I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself by a handle” – Winston Churchill

  6. You hit the nail on the head with this one, Tom. I like that you explained it in terms even our children can understand. Great job!

  7. Gene Says:

    How about the 30 pound weight around his neck called “war?” You all remember that we had a LARGE surplus before the last president, right?

    I suppose not. Funny how many people became fiscal conservatives on January 20th.

    • Jerome Says:

      War isn’t a topic for fiscal conservatives because national defense is one thing that the government should monopolize, and let us not forget that 2006-2009 a democratic congress approved the war budget.

  8. Mimi Long Says:

    Salute Tom

    “and he led the charge knowing there were 10,000 arrows pointed directly at him”

    Our beautiful America needs brave leaders like you!


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