One afternoon a liberal congressman – well known for supporting expensive budget busting government programs to “help” the poor – was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass. Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop so he could investigate.
He rolled down his window and motioned to one of the men to come over. From the comfort of his richly-leathered seat, he asked, “Why are you eating grass?”
“We don’t have any money for food,” the poor man replied. “We have to eat grass.”
“Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I’ll feed you,” the politician said.
“But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree.”
“Bring them along,” the politician replied.
Calling to the other poor man he stated, “You come with us, also.”
The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, “But sir, I also have a wife and SIX children with me!”
“Bring them all, as well,” the politician answered.
They all entered the limousine, which was no easy task, even though it was very large. Once underway, one of the poor fellows turned to the politician and said, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.”
The politician replied, “Glad to do it. You’ll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high.”
Moral: Be wary of politicians who peddle compassion, but only when it means spending other people’s money.