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by FiveBoxes Staff | 2009-03-16 15:52 

It started out as a hazy recollection of 11th grade English class. In between vignettes of being told for the umpteenth time to “spit out that gum” and wiping up sleep-induced drool with our shirtsleeve, there they are. Memories of some book written by some British author who wrote about the evils of communism back in nineteen-forty-something. We remember blowing it off then, reading just enough to pass the tests. After all, Ronnie Ray-gun had singlehandedly brought down the evil Soviet empire and all those commies, right? By threatening that guy with the birthmark on his forehead that we’d use our Jedi powers to annihilate them in their sleep, the commie threat was over, so why were we being forced to read this book anyway? It’s a good read and all, but it kept us from finishing the latest from Tom Clancy.

And now, as those vignettes become clearer, and as we read the daily headlines, a line from the book keeps echoing in our heads:

“ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL. BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS”

America is in the middle of a massive recession. Unemployment is on the rise as stores and factories across America shut down. People are switching from eating steak to Hamburger Helper to just mac and cheese as budgets are stretched thin. And right after his inauguration, Barack Obama had a cocktail party featuring $100-per-serving wagyu steak and vodka martinis. 

“ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL. BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS”

While everyone from Coors Light to football fans cutting their Super Bowl activities and parties, Obama had over 75 guests over to watch the game.

“ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL. BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS”

The executives of GM, Chrysler, and Ford were forced by politicians’ scolding to abandon their private planes when going to D.C. to  plead for bailout money. In the meantime, Obama flew Air Force One home to Chicago for Valentine’s day, then back to D.C., then to Denver for a photo-op of him signing the stimulus bill at a solar panel production company. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made repeated requests for Air Force aircraft to shuttle her and her family around.

“ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL. BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS”

Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner knowingly fails to pay his taxes, and he gets a slap on the wrist, no jail time, no fines, just a “don’t do that again!” The same VIP tax treatment is applied to Chris Dodd, Charlie Rangel, Tom Daschel, Nancy Killefer, and nearly 10 percent of Georgia state legislators.

“ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL. BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS”

The unions, who are in part responsible for the demise of the U.S. auto industry, push the Big Three automakers to take the bailouts to prevent plant closures. Yet while union workers from Detroit to Dayton wonder how they’re going to make this month’s mortgage and how they’re going to put food on the table, AFL-CIO bigwigs live it up at an exclusive resort in Florida.

 

“ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL. BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS”

Unlike many, we still remember the lessons of Orwell’s Animal Farm:

Benjamin felt a nose nuzzling at his shoulder. He looked round. It was Clover. Her old eyes looked dimmer than ever. Without saying anything, she tugged gently at his mane and led him round to the end of the big barn, where the Seven Commandments were written. For a minute or two they stood gazing at the tatted wall with its white lettering. 

“My sight is failing,” she said finally. “Even when I was young I could not have read what was written there. But it appears to me that that wall looks different. Are the Seven Commandments the same as they used to be, Benjamin?” 

For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It ran: 

ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL. BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS

After that it did not seem strange when next day the pigs who were supervising the work of the farm all carried whips in their trotters. It did not seem strange to learn that the pigs had bought themselves a wireless set, were arranging to install a telephone, and had taken out subscriptions to John Bull, TitBits, and the Daily Mirror. It did not seem strange when Napoleon was seen strolling in the farmhouse garden with a pipe in his mouth-no, not even when the pigs took Mr. Jones’s clothes out of the wardrobes and put them on, Napoleon himself appearing in a black coat, ratcatcher breeches, and leather leggings, while his favourite sow appeared in the watered silk dress which Mrs. Jones had been used to wear on Sundays. 

One only wonders how long before we hear Mr. Obama utter another phrase, this one recollected form high school history teachings: “Let them eat cake.


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  1. IsGMdead Says:

    What can be made of this debacle called General Motors? Will they survive or wont they? Will saving GM save Jobs?