was simple; draw blood, administer a couple
vaccinations, sign a health certificate and the
rebellious, 11-year-old, barely halter-broken Arab
stud would be on his way to his new home in Vermont.
Collecting blood requires the greatest coordination
between veterinarian and patient, so I did it first.
I slowly approached Music Man’s left jugular vein
and slipped a 20 gauge bleeding needle into his
neck. He snorted, tossed his head and jumped
sideways. I watched the blood slowly drip from the
needle before stepping closer and cautiously filling
a clot tube. It was horse versus veterinarian, I was
ahead one to nothing, so I carefully carried the
prized blood sample to my pickup.
When I returned to give the immunizations, Music Man
and this skinny vet were no longer friends. We
circled around the pen and every time I touched his
neck he would try to bite me. I tightened the
needles onto the syringes knowing my best bet was to
blast these vaccines IH, (intra-horse.) I eased
within arm’s reach and in one swoop I popped the
needle and syringe contents into his neck muscles.
The score was two to zero. A couple circles later, I
injected the second vaccination and with my mission
accomplished without being bitten, kicked, struck or
stomped, I won three to zip.
Being a veterinarian sounds unpredictably dangerous,
but it is a cake walk compared to politics because
animals are entirely honest. Music Man had no use
for me and told me such in the beginning.
Politicians, on the other hand, lie. (Because I am
not a politician, I do not mind revealing their
secrets.) Here is the big lie politicians hope
voters never discover.
Since Woodrow Wilson, progressives have deceptively
claimed they are champions of the poor. In reality,
their programs never help the afflicted out of
poverty, they keep them there and the perfect
example is Social Security. Every election, liberals
say conservatives want to reduce this program, so
the very people enslaved by it, reflexively stampede
to the ballot box. The left knows a fiscally unsound
Social Security program is too valuable a political
football to ever fix, so they never fix it.
Obviously, this will not continue forever.
Look at France; the socialist democracy President
Obama says America should emulate. France is
bankrupt and about to plunge into the abyss behind
Greece. Predictably, the suggestion of austere cuts
is eliciting outrage from French citizens accustomed
to living on the bounty from others. Socialist
French President Francois Hollande is proposing a 75
percent income tax on Frenchman earning over $1.24
million annually claiming it is patriotic to “pay
extra tax to get the country back on its feet.”
(Does this sound familiar?) Can you spot the lie?
Less than 30,000 French citizens will be taxed, so
even at a 100 percent tax rate, the money generated
is a mere drop in their debt bucket and French
officials admit the tax increase will help nothing.
(Do the math.) President Hollande is perpetuating
the class warfare myth the rich are not paying their
fair share. By slapping them first, French
freeloaders may be more receptive to the program
cuts which will come next.
The truth be told, most of the money in France and
America is in the middle class and even if
government took every penny from both the middle
class and the rich, they still could not steal
enough to balance the budget plus continue giving
away free stuff. This is the big, political lie.
Stealing from others is still theft even if it is
sanctioned by government. I have no more right to
the wealth you have earned, than you do to mine.