An Old Proverb Revisited and Embellished

An old Chinese Proverb said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  An Obama Administration revision to that proverb is, “If a Democrat gives a man a fish, the man is promised a fish for a lifetime in return for his vote and the Democrat gives the rod back to the capitalists, saying ‘You keep this.  You must keep fishing.’ Of course, everyone else in the world is fishing, including the Chinese (who have taught all of their folks to fish), and the capitalists cannot catch enough to feed themselves; let alone the untaught democratic masses.  As a result, we outsource our daily fish requirements to the Chinese, paying them interest well beyond scale, while the capitalists dwindle in number and are forced to eat the fish offered by the Administration.  Needless to say, because the Administration itself never learned to actually fish and the demand for fish cannot be satisfied, the Administration announced through the FDA that the mercury level in fish is too high, and for the safety of the masses, fish is no longer available. 


Now is there a moral to this story?  Of course there is and it’s an even older proverb:  Spare the rod and spoil the fishing for all.