The unrecognized consequences of the ‘free’ ride

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, August 1, 2018

There was a professor in a large college who noticed a young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter.

The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime.

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In the midst of the story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question.

“Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”

While the professor thought it was a joke, the young man said that it was no joke.

“You catch wild pigs by finding a place in the woods to put corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place, and when they get comfortable and begin to eat corn again, you put up another side of the fence.

“You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America and Canada. The government keeps pushing us towards communism/socialism, and keeps spreading the “free corn” out in the form of programs.

Think about this: “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”

Liz Norstrom,