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We received this via e-mail from Gary R.

How to Catch Wild Pigs

A professor at The University of North Texas was speaking to a class on politics one day recently, when one young student (majoring in both history and politics) raised his hand and mentioned that it appears to him, that we are losing some individual freedoms over the last few decades. The professor replied to the student; "That is exactly what has been happening in America over the last forty plus years".

He then asked the student; "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?" The student thought the question was a joke and asked for the punch line. The professor promptly assured him that it was no joke. The professor then said; "Let me explain how it is done".

"You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable clearing 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 become used to coming each day, you put a fence down one side of this area. When they get used to that portion of fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you then 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 now very used to the 'free' food, start coming through the gate to eat that 'free' corn again, and again. You then slam the gate on them. They run around and around inside the fence, but they soon realize that they are caught. So, they just go back to eating the 'free' corn. They get so used to it that they forget how to forage in the woods for themselves for food; so they just accept it."

"Our government has been pushing us toward Socialism by spreading the 'free' corn out in the form of handouts' such as; supplemental income, Section 8 housing, unearned income credits, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, food stamps, rent vouchers, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc, etc, while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time."

"One should always remember two truths: There is no such thing as a free lunch and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself", the teacher concluded.

"Gary, this is a great symbolic narrative. Personally, I have caught a few "wild pigs" in my life although my tactics were not quite the same (such as the time down in Arkansas when I used what they called 'corn mash whiskey'. It worked just fine and the "pigs" were a squealing with glee, but that's another story I will never tell). Yes, my friend, fences are being built around us while our ignorance and greed continues to dampen our rationale as well as our inherent yearning to be free. What the hell can we do? I don't have the answer. I just think I'll head on back to Arkansas and let, what's left of, the good times roll. Pig Suey!!!!"

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