I am still working on my Election 2012 roundup. In the meantime, enjoy this from U.S. Term Limits friend and supporter Leigh Coburn:
you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a
banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs under the
banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.
soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water.
a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result ... all the other
monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon when another monkey tries to
climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
put the cold water away.
one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the
banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, all of the other monkeys
beat the crap out of him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he
tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.
remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new one.
newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part
in the punishment -- with enthusiasm, because he is now part of the
replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by the fourth, then
the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs he is attacked.
the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to
climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the
beating of the newest monkey.
having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will
have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys
will try to climb the stairway for the banana.
you ask? Because in their minds...that is the way it has always been!
my friends, is how Congress operates... and this is why, from time to time: ALL
of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.