Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Little Red Hen

A modern day little red hen may not sound like or appear to be a quotable authority on economics but then some authorities aren't worth quoting. I'll be right back.

About a year ago I imposed a little poetry on you. It was called "The Incredible Bread Machine" and made a lot of sense with reference to matters economic. You didn't object too much so having gotten away with it once I'm going to try again. This is a little treatise on basic economics called "The Modern little Red Hen."

Once upon a time there was a little red hen who scratched about the barnyard until she uncovered some grains of wheat. She called her neighbors and said 'If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?'

"Not I, " said the cow.

"Not I," said the duck.

"Not I," said the pig.

"Not I," said the goose.

"Then I will," said the little red hen. And she did. The wheat grew tall and ripened into golden grain.

"Who will help me reap my wheat?" asked the little red hen.

"Not I," said the duck.

"Out of my classification," said the pig.

"I'd lose my seniority," said the cow.

"I'd lose my unemployment compensation," said the goose.

"Then I will," said the little red hen, and she did.

At last the time came to bake the bread. "Who will help me bake bread?" asked the little red hen.

"That would be overtime for me," said the cow.

"I'd lose my welfare benefits," said the duck.

"I'm a dropout and never learned how," said the pig.

"If I'm to be the only helper, that's discrimination," said the goose.

"Then I will," said the little red hen.

She baked five loaves and held them up for the neighbors to see.

They all wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, "No, I can eat the five loaves myself."

"Excess profits," cried the cow.

"Capitalist leech," screamed the duck.

"I demand equal rights," yelled the goose.

And the pig just grunted.

And they painted "unfair" picket signs and marched round and around the little red hen shouting obscenities.

When the government agent came, he said to the little red hen, "You must not be greedy."

"But I earned the bread," said the little red hen.

"Exactly," said the agent. "That's the wonderful free enterprise system. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations productive workers must divide their products with the idle."

And they lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, "I am grateful, I am grateful." But her neighbors wondered why she never again baked any more bread.

Hat tip: Paul of Paul's Political Punditcy


  1. Yep, sad truth. No incentive for success.

  2. I love the story and morals, but swap out bread and wheat for chikin ....

  3. Not to worry, the government will take four of your five loaves and give it to the others anyway. Just sayin'.

  4. I'm surprised the barnyard animals didn't steal and eat the grain before the red hen could grow the wheat.


  5. Some things never change.

    Enjoy your day. Big hugs, honey...

  6. That is such a true story. But that little red hen wasn't stupid. Thanks Sandee for that insight.

  7. wonderful story...especially the last sentence.
    have a great day!

  8. How true. Scary part is that a couple of generations are now satisfied with a few crumbs rather than the entire loaf that they could make.

  9. nice metaphor hun! snow here again..woohoo!

  10. Good story, Sandee! :)
    It makes me feel sorry for the poor little piggy. Seems he never had much to say. I'm thinking all the others had jobs and he was a hippy dropout like I used to be.
    No wonder! (:(:(:(HUGS):):):)

  11. Jim - I was a hippy too for about five minutes. Hugs back!

  12. makes you wonder why some of us are still getting up every day to make the bread.

  13. Great story and so spot on. Just had to scratch my head though when I saw Reagan. Then I got it. Ronnie married that little red hen now didn't he.

    BIG Squeeze in cold but dry CA :-)

  14. Yep that sure rings of truth. I saw a similar one about the grasshopper & the Ant which was good too. If she is a little RED hen then doesn't she come under communist rule???

  15. Sums it up perfectly, sadly enough!! We're sure in a world of hurt...

  16. Frighteningly true. Did I just make up that word? Sure looks funny today.


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