Posted by: Democratic Thinker | September 16, 2009

A Dog and His Bone

Economist Thomas Sowell writes at Real Clear Politics about trying to get something owned by someone else. See excerpt:

Thomas Sowell

September 15, 2009

Fables for Adults

By Thomas Sowell

Many years ago, as a small child, I was told one of those old-fashioned fables for children. It was about a dog with a bone in his mouth, who was walking on a log across a stream.

The dog looked down into the water and saw his reflection. He thought it was another dog with a bone in his mouth– and it seemed to him that the other dog’s bone was bigger than his. He decided that he was going to take the other dog’s bone away and opened his mouth to attack. The result was that his own bone fell into the water and was lost.

At the time, I didn’t like that story and wished they hadn’t told it to me. But the passing years and decades have made me realize how important that story was, because it was not really about dogs but about people.

Today we are living in a time when the President of the United States is telling us that he is going to help us take that other dog’s bone away—and the end result is likely to be very much like what it was in that children’s fable.

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