“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” goes the old adage.
Recently, life gave me lemons. A whole bagful. In the middle of a bad economy, I got laid off, like millions of other people. And the industry I’m in, well, there’s lots of laid off people in it. So as that phrase kept bouncing around in my head, I realized it fits well with describing politics and economics. Observe:
- If life gives you lemons, a socialist would say, “You have lemons? Well, a strong Government hand is needed to distribute the lemons more equitably. The Government needs to ensure that other people have lemons, too. Now, you may have to give up some of your lemons so that other people can have some, but it’s not fair that you have all these lemons and other people might not have any.”
- If life gives you lemons, a communist would say, “Those lemons are the property of the State. If you did not get your lemons from the state — and since you have a whole bagful and are not a member of the ruling elite I know you did not — then you must surrender your lemons to the State, then stand in line so that you may receive a sliver of dried out rotten lemon six months from now.”
- If life gives you lemons, a politician would say, “Tell you what I’m going to do for you. I’m going to take half of your lemons and in return I’m going to give you half a packet of sugar so that you can make a sip of lemonade with it.”
- If life gives you lemons, a welfare recipient would say, “Why did you get lemons and I didn’t?! That’s not fair! I’m gonna vote for someone who is gonna make sure that I get lemons for free!”
- If life gives you lemons, a capitalist would say, “You have lemons? You should start a lemonade business!”
So while everyone else is wailing and moaning and gnashing their teeth about the state of the economy, what am I going to do?
I’m gonna start a lemonade business.