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Old 09 March 2008, 06:56 PM
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There was a chemistry professor in a large college that 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 everyday to eat the free corn. 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 sees happening in America. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax cuts, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.

One should always remember two truths:

1) There is no such thing as a free lunch

2) and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you 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 send this on to your friends.

If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will probably delete this email.

May God help you when the gate slams shut!
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Old 09 March 2008, 11:20 PM
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snip 2) and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself. snip
Like an appendectomy?

Seriously, isn't that actually the basis of a market economy - people selling their labour and/or expertise?

So it would appear that the student is anticommunist and anticapitalist.

The student appears to be some sort of extreme libertarian individualist who would be able to perform home surgery.

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Old 09 March 2008, 11:47 PM
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The author forgets that a significant portion of any service-based trade is expertise; knowing which screw to turn, to paraphrase the UL. I could easily tape up my broken finger myself, but I'd much rather have a professional do it.

The analogy of the pigs=Americans is terrible. Pigs have no concept of fences, but Americans have the cognitive abilities to examine the evidence and draw conclusions (this is why I hate the 'Frog in a Pot' analogy as well). Indeed, there are hundreds of groups out there of every political persuasion who make it their business to contest any perceived attempts at fence-building, as well as a system of checks and balances to address the situation (another advantage we have over the pigs).
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Old 10 March 2008, 12:21 AM
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Another flaw in the logic is that the way the pigs became wild in the first place was that they got out of a fence and started running amok.
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Old 14 March 2008, 07:55 PM
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Even domesticated pigs will try their darnedest to escape from ANY pen, fence etc. A farmer in Alberta, Canada once told me that the pigs would stand by the place in the electric fence where there was a faulty insulator and listen for the "clunk" produced by the pulse of the capacitor. They had figured out that the only time the fence was actually dangerous was during that "clunk", and after the clunk they had fifteen seconds to nip through the wires. These were pigs being raised for meat, so they had all the food and water they could deisre.

Pigs also will get boared - er- bored and chew on things, particularly each other, which leads to infections. To prevent this, one farmer in Manitoba told me that he hung old tires from the roof of the barn to give the pigs something to knock about with their snouts. The trouble was, the pigs learned they could use the tire as a swing!

Wild pigs might become accustomed to finding food in the same place but they will NOT lose their yearning for freedom.
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Old 14 March 2008, 08:41 PM
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Even domesticated pigs will try their darnedest to escape from ANY pen, fence etc. A farmer in Alberta, Canada once told me that the pigs would stand by the place in the electric fence where there was a faulty insulator and listen for the "clunk" produced by the pulse of the capacitor. They had figured out that the only time the fence was actually dangerous was during that "clunk", and after the clunk they had fifteen seconds to nip through the wires. These were pigs being raised for meat, so they had all the food and water they could deisre.

Pigs also will get boared - er- bored and chew on things, particularly each other, which leads to infections. To prevent this, one farmer in Manitoba told me that he hung old tires from the roof of the barn to give the pigs something to knock about with their snouts. The trouble was, the pigs learned they could use the tire as a swing!

Wild pigs might become accustomed to finding food in the same place but they will NOT lose their yearning for freedom.
I've heard from a few people I consider credible that pigs are some of the most wild domesticated animals. That is, they still have a lot of the same skills their wild ancestors have, and they are quite capable of surviving in the wild if necessary.
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Old 16 March 2008, 10:10 AM
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So...when the gate slams shut, is the government going to eat me?
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