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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Congress, Monkeys and a Banana

I was e-mailed this from a friend.  I didn't come up with it but thought it was terrific and that I would post this.  I don't know who did come up with it, but HOOOORAAAHH for whomever did!!!

If 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.
As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with
cold water.  After 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.
Now, put the cold water away.  Remove 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.
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a
new one.  The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked.  The previous
newcomer takes part in the punishment... with enthusiasm.
Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by a
fourth, then the fifth.  Every time the newest monkey takes to the
stairs he is attacked.  Most of 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.
Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the
remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water.
Nevertheless, none of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.
Why, you ask?  Because in their minds...that is the way it has always been!
This, my friends, is how Congress operates... and is why, from time to time,
 all of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.


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