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Old 06-19-2011, 12:29 PM
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There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some
students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the Prof
noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back
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
trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a
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
corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat
the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence
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
put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to
again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with
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
on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost
freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are
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
their captivity."

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees
happening in America. The government keeps pushing us toward
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),
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; someone is paying for it.

2.. And when you begin to think that having your government provide for
you and make your decisions is ok, realize that you've also given up
freedom that goes with making your own choices.
"What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life by him who interests his heart in everything"-Lawrence Sterne
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