Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sea Gulls and Stimulus

I read a story once about great flocks of sea gulls that were starving in the midst of plenty. Fishing was good in the town, but the gulls didn't know how to fish. For years, they had depended on the shrimp fleet to toss them scraps from their nets. Then the fishermen moved on.

The fishermen had created a welfare state for the sea gulls. The big birds never bothered to learn how to fish, or to teach their young to fish. Instead, they took the young gulls to the shrimp nets.

Sadly, the sea gulls, once fine free birds, were starving to death becasue they gave in to the lure of "something for nothing". They sacrificed their independence for a handout.

Sound familiar? If you think about it, a lot of people these days are like the sea gulls. They don't want to work, or pay their own way. Instead, they want Uncle Sam to toss them a bail-out here, a stimulus there, wihtout realizing they are giving up their freedom and their independence, never stopping to wonder what they're going to do when Uncle Sam runs out of money.



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