Borrowed the following from friend Lumpy because I think it deserves the attention it’s getting as a circulating email. As analogies go, this one’s a 10:
I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it is, as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.
But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table and next to the barbecue.
Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table…..everywhere!
Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.
And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.
After a while, I couldn’t even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.
Soon, the back yard was like it used to be…. quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.
Now let’s see…..
Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, and free education and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.
Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor; your child’s 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn’t speak English.
Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to “press one” to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than “Old Glory” are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.
Just my opinion, but maybe it’s time for the government to take down the bird feeder. If you agree, pass it on; if not, continue cleaning up the poop.
I’d be happy to credit the author, if anyone knows who it is. I did all my venting on this piece over on Lumpy’s blog (I was a wee bit agitated), so for now I leave the subject up to you.
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3 thoughts on “Birdwatching in the good ol’ USA”
Wow, couldn’t have said it better myself. Perfect analogy. I for one would like to see all the bird feeders taken down. Will it ever be so? Hard to say.
I’m not holding my breath, but I am crossing my fingers …
Nobody invited them in, right? But lots of people who cannot outsource their businesses to workers abroad wanted those workers to come in. Look into the New York hotel industry.
However, this morning I read two blogs about US retail shops that no longer sell rice and flour freely. That shortage (one of them said) was caused by farm harvests being turned into ethanol to substitue gasoline, a very lucrative idea, and it might also put an end to overweight problems in many places. One of those blogs was http://my-dreamtime.blogspot.com/
I’ve heard that “corn for ethanol causing the shortage” thing. I don’t know how much truth there is to it, but it figures the farmers would sell their corn to whomever will pay the highest price. I did see one report suggesting that the shortages were due to people stocking up and hoarding because they heard there were shortages! The self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s happened before and the market eventually sorts itself out. High gas prices are putting a crimp in our distribution system right now, and forcing up prices for all kinds of things.
I totally missed this one. Not sure who wrote it, maybe it was Maxine (ha! ha! ha!) but I’m glad it struck you the same way it did me. Come my way and vent anytime PT!