Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Congressional Monkeys Cannot Eat Bananas
Start with five monkeys in a cage and hang a banana on a string from the top. Place a step ladder under the banana. Soon a monkey will go up the ladder after the banana. As soon as he touches the ladder, blast all the other monkeys with a fire hose. Every time a monkey goes after the banana, hose-down the other monkeys with cold water. Pretty soon if any monkey approaches the ladder, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
Now; put the fire hose away and replace one monkey in the cage with a new one.
The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the ladder. To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him. The new monkey soon learns that if he approaches the ladder he will be assaulted. He doesn't know why - that's just the way it is.
Next, remove another of the original monkeys and replace it with a new one. The new monkey goes to the ladder and is attacked. The previous newcomer also attacks because he is now part of the "team".
Continue replacing the original monkeys one at a time. Every a new monkey takes to the ladder, he is attacked.
Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the caged monkeys have ever felt the fire hose. Nevertheless, not one of them will approach the ladder for the banana. The monkeys have no idea why they are not permitted to climb the ladder, nor why they attack any monkey that goes for the banana.
If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they would beat up all those who attempted to go up the ladder ... I bet you the answer would be ... "I don't know — that's how things are done around here" Does it sound familiar?
This, 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.