Here’s a story recently sent to me by a friend. While I can’t verify the validity of the story, the message it contains is still worth reading.

There was this chemistry professor in a large college who had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked: “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?” The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke. “You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he saw happening in America. According to him, government keeps pushing us toward Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time as the government forces us to participate in many of these programs whether or not we want to. The foregoing story certainly is worth thinking about…

Carl Marx once said, “Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one will have noticed.” All of us should remember that there is such thing as a free lunch, and that you can never hire someone to provide a service cheaper than you can do it yourself.

If you see that all of this wonderful government “help” is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America, you might want to share this story with your friends. If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you probably won’t share it. But, Heaven help us all when the gate slams shut…

An unnamed sage recently said, “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now being outnumbered by those who vote for a living.” Here’s a perfect example of someone who votes for a living to illustrate the point – I think it’s OK to write about him since he’s a public figure. Joe Biden became an attorney in 1969. The very next year he was elected to the New Castle County Council in Delaware in 1970. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1972 becoming the sixth-youngest senator in American history. He was re-elected to the Senate six times – that’s forty-two years as a United States Senator! He resigned his Senate seat in 2009 to become Vice President of the United States. After two terms as Vice President in the Obama administration, Biden joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania as the Benjamin Franklin Professor of Presidential Practice. Now, he’s one of the leading contenders for the presidency in 2020. Clearly, Joe Biden is a perfect example of someone who has made his living by voting. Except for short stints as a lawyer and college professor, Joe has done nothing else except hold public office.

By using Joe Biden as an example, I’m not personally attacking him but just confirming the quotation above which suggests that many of our problems are because there are almost more people who make their livings by voting instead of working for a living.

Personally, I think that’s why so many in the Washington “deep state,” the unelected bureaucrats who hate Trump so much – because he’s not one of them. He’s actually worked for a living before running for president.

That’s –30—for this week.