February 25, 2009

The Little Red Hen - Updated for today's economy

The Little Red Hen simply stated: "“Who will help me plant my wheat?”

“Not I,” said the cow.
“Not I,” said the duck.
“Not I,”' said the pig.
“Not I,” said the goose.

“Then I will do it by myself,” said the Little Red Hen, and so she did.

The wheat grew very tall and ripened into golden grain. “Who will help me reap my wheat?” asked the Little Red Hen.

“Not I,” said the duck.
“Above my pay-grade,” said the pig.
“I'd lose my seniority,” said the cow.
“I'd lose my unemployment compensation,” said the goose.
“Then I will do it by myself,” said the Little Red Hen, and so she did.

At last it came time to bake the bread. “Who will help me bake the bread?” asked the Little Red Hen.

“That would be overtime for me,” said the cow.
“I'd lose my welfare benefits,” said the duck.
“I'm a dropout and never learned how,” said the pig.
“If I'm to be the only helper, that's discrimination,” said the goose.
“Then I will do it by myself,” said the Little Red Hen.

She baked five loaves and held them up for all of her neighbors to see. They wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the Little Red Hen said, “No, I shall eat all five loaves.”

“Excess profits!” cried the cow.
“Capitalist leech!” screamed the duck.
“I demand equal rights!” yelled the goose.
The pig just grunted in disdain.

And they all painted “Unfair!” picket signs and marched around and around the Little Red Hen, shouting obscenities.

Then the farmer came. He said to the Little Red Hen, “You must not be so greedy.”
“But I earned the bread,” said the Little Red Hen.
“Exactly,” said the farmer. “That is what makes our free enterprise system so wonderful. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide the fruits of their labor with those who are lazy and idle.”

And they all lived happily ever after, including the Little Red Hen, who smiled and clucked, “I am grateful, for now I truly understand.”

But her neighbors became quite disappointed in her. She never again baked bread because she joined the “party” and got her bread free. And all the Democrats animals smiled. “Fairness” had been established. Individual initiative had died, but nobody noticed; perhaps no one cared ... so long as there was free bread that the rich were paying for.


  1. Where is the bread coming from now? No animal in their right mind would ever "bake" again so they all starved! aps

  2. In a few years, we will be getting our bread from a "foreign" country who will then be controlling our economy.

  3. The bread comes from the noble few who, although they understand the futility of the "system", they continue to do what they know is right.

  4. As much as I like bread, I'm mainly concerned about where I'm going to get my coffee. If I have to pay too much for bread, I may not be able to afford a latte. And there's not many punishments worse than that.


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