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[IP] Fwd: The Way It Is



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> From: Nancy Jennings <email @ redacted>
> Date: Sat Oct 12, 2002  09:07:47 PM America/Montreal
> To: email @ redacted
> Subject: Re:  The Way It Is
>
>>
> I find both these posts sad, disturbing and unfeeling.
>
> The original writer wrenched my heart - such a lot of courage;  
> strength in the face of what must feel like insurmountable obstacles.  
> Trying so hard and encountering these responses.
>
> I hope the original writer will not give up - humanity needs his 
> strength and he needs those of us who are rich, with problem-solving 
> brain power, to open our hearts and help.
>
> I am a Canadian, unfamiliar with the "ins and outs" of American health 
> care.  Not much help,  I'm afraid.
>
> I wondered if the president of your pump company might help with 
> supplies;  if your insulin manufacturer might help with insulin;  if 
> your meter company would help with test strips.
>
>  My "wondering" has "family roots".  Years, and years, ago my mom was 
> very, very ill with rheumatoid arthritis.  Bedridden.  My family was 
> struggling to make ends meet and my mother's meds  meant we didn't have 
> enough money for food.  We were a very "proud" family;  we worked hard.
>
>  It took a great deal of courage for my dad "to beg".  My dad wrote to 
> the "bufferin" company, explained our situation, and they generously 
> sent us 500 plus bufferin every month, until my mom died.
>
> We really appreciated the help and it meant we had a little more money 
> for food.
>
> The prescription drug folk were not as generous.  Our local "Lions 
> Club" donated a wheel chair  - it was such a great gift for our family.
>
> Hope this may help, a little.
> Nancy
> .
>
>
>
>>
>> Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 18:01:42 EDT
>> From: email @ redacted
>> Subject: [IP] The Way it Is
>>
>> ORIGINAL VERSION:
>>       The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long,
>> building his house and laying in supplies for the winter. The
>> grasshopper
>> thinks the  ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer
>> away.
>>
>>
>> Come winter,  the  ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no 
>> food
>> or
>> shelter, so he  dies out in the cold.
>>
>>   MODERN VERSION:
>>
>>    The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long,
>> building his house and laying in supplies
>>    for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and
>> laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
>>
>>   Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and
>> demands  to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well-fed
>> while others are cold and starving.CBS, NBC and ABC show up to provide
>> pictures
>> of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his
>> comfortable
>> home  with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp
>> contrast.  How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor
>> grasshopper
>> is allowed to suffer so?
>>
>>   Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody
>> cries when they sing, "It's Not Easy Being Green."
>>
>>   Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house,
>> where the  news stations film the group singing, "We shall overcome."
>> Jesse then has  the group kneel down to pray to God for the
>> grasshopper's
>> sake.
>>
>>   Al Gore exclaims in an interview with Peter Jennings that the ant has
>>   gotten  rich off the back of the grasshopper, and calls for an
>> immediate
>> tax hike on  the ant to make him pay his "fair share."
>>
>>   Finally, the EEOC drafts the "Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper
>> Act," retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for
>> failing to  hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having
>> nothing
>> left to pay  his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the
>> government.
>>
>>   Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a
>> defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel
>> of
>> Federal  judges who were appointed from a list of single parent welfare
>> recipients.  The ant loses the case.
>>
>>   The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits
>> of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just
>> happens
>> to be  the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't
>> maintain
>> it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead 
>> in
>> a
>>   drug-related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by
>> a
>> gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.
>>
>>   God Bless America
>>
>> I find this post absolutely disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!
>> Totally out of line.                Ellie
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