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A drop in the bucket

My neighbor had a mighty fine well. He enjoyed very good water. A few years back, he noticed dampness along one wall inside the kitchen. He was concerned about the damp wall so he got a small heater and set it up to dry the wall. The wall never seemed to dry out. Eventually, he got the courage to cut into the drywall to see what the problem was. Sure enough, the pipe to the kitchen sink had a slow leak. Several friends and neighbors suggested various plumbers to fix the problem.

He left the heater in place and got a small pan to catch the drip. When the pan got full, he would empty it down the sink. In time, he needed a bucket which he filled from the pan, then he would empty the bucket on his flowers and plants. As the leak got worse, he used larger containers to store the water until he could use it to water his garden. In time, there was just too much water for him to use. Several friends and neighbors suggested various plumbers to fix the problem.

He let the neighbors know that if they needed water they were welcome to it. Many brought containers to get water and eventually an entrepreneur got the idea to bottle this free water and started making a tidy profit. Several friends and neighbors suggested various plumbers to fix the problem.

This very creative neighbor developed and constructed a delivery system with the water flowing from the pipe being diverted to various containers to be used by those coming for the free water. Whenever someone mentioned that a plumber would have been hundreds of times cheaper, he replied that water was a necessity and those who needed water had a right to it.

In the meantime, the kitchen wall and the sub floor beneath the kitchen began to rot from all the moisture. Several friends and neighbors suggested various plumbers to fix the problem but he always declined the advice saying he was helping others who needed water so he would just put up with the ever-increasing damage to his home. Besides, he said, look at all the new friends he had made.

Eventually, my neighbor’s well went dry. Those coming for free water became very angry that he had allowed the water supply to dry up but he reminded them how kind and generous he had been and how he thought they were his friends. His house had become uninhabitable and all the neighbors noticed that their wells were badly depleted. Sadly, this neighbor moved away, never to be heard from again, leaving a big mess for someone else to clean up.

Water is a vital necessity to our well being. but I believe we can all agree that the way this neighbor went about containing a problem, which was originally only a drop in the bucket, was very foolish. His foolhardiness created some very serious problems.

You all know this neighbor. His name is Uncle Sam. You now have a very good understanding of his policy regarding immigration and border security.

“We the people” are more than $18 trillion dollars in debt, half of which has been created in just the past six years. We’re told our infrastructure is crumbling, our nation has a major problem with the unimpeded invasion of our borders, we have a developing enemy sworn to annihilate us, and our president delivers speeches demanding increased financial penalties on successful Americans to provide more “free stuff.”

During many countless years and many countless times, “We the People” have pointed out problems, theft, fraud and loss within our government. Just as many times we have heard in reply, “that’s just a drop in the bucket. We need a more comprehensive plan.”

It’s not working.