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Monkeys? Congress?

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Posted over 6 years ago


 Monkeys --


 Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana

 on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go

 to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all the other monkeys with cold

 water. After a while another monkey makes the 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 wants to climb the Stairs.

To his shock, all of the other monkeys attack 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 and replace it with a

 new one.

The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer

 takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then 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 or why they are participating in the beating> of the newest monkey. After replacing all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water.

Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana.

Why not?

Because as far as they know, that is the way it has always been done around here.

 And that, my fellow monkeys, is how Congress operates....

 We need to REPLACE all the original monkeys this November.



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Okay, I follow your thinking on this and see your point. I even agree with it.  One problem I have with it, however, is that we'll never be able to replace ALL of them so how do we stop the new ones from behaving like the old ones?


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It was just an e-mail I got and I thought it was humorous and worth sharing.