If you start with a cage containing five monkeys, and inside the cage hang a banana on a string from the top, and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray ALL the monkeys with cold water.

After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result — ALL the 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 monkey. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, ALL of the other monkeys beat the Monkey Crap out of 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, replacing it with a new monkey.

The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment — with enthusiasm — because he is now part of the “team.”

Then, replace a third original monkey with a new monkey, followed by the fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.

Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.

Why, you ask? Because in their minds, that is the way it has always been!

This, my friends, is how today’s House and Senate operate; and this is why, from time to time:   ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME!

DISCLAIMER: This is meant as no disrespect to monkeys.

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  1. Bob says:

    Z: That’s quite a tale, and I like it. It reminds me of climate change science, or any science for that matter.

    What always gets me about the US Senate is their talk about the traditions of the so-called deliberative body. I don’t remember anything being deliberated in that crowd for a long time, and the Democrats had it right by running rough-shod over the Repubs when the Dems had the majority. Of course, what prevents the Repubs from making any progress is McCain, Flake, Graham, and Collins, all honorable RINOS. Maybe I missed one or two. Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention that moron Rand Paul. It’s time to flush that one down the drain.

    The Speaker of the House is a very bright man, well maybe about 5 minutes a day. He can’t even make a decent speech, much less keep the Republicans in line to do important things.

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  2. Z says:

    Hi Bob! Ryan is rumored to be saying he will step down….I adored the guy but he, too, kept folding…I just can’t figure this inability of Republicans to GET THINGS DONE…fear of media insult??

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  3. Kid says:

    imo – Congress works for and is paid by lobbyists and probably foreign governments as well.

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  4. Jersey Jack says:

    Kid…Crazy Joe goes off on Air Force 2 one day for a “diplomatic” undertaking. Meanwhile taking his kid along. 10 days after returning the kid gets a 1 billion infusion of Chinese cash into a hedge fund the kid had never been into before nor any experience in the field. All of Durbins kids are lobbyists as is his wife. They may now be restricted from insider trading that’s gotten 90% of them filthy rich….they know have their kids running their empires. I think about 500 of them need to be fired.

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  5. Mal says:

    For 200 years we had little problem with Congress doing their jobs correctly. Since then, they’ve come to realize their potential power to enrich themselves and ignore their moral as well as their legal duty to the people they represent. They keep voting raises for themselves ’cause they can. They take more and more time off ’cause they can. I’m afraid draining the swamp DOES mean getting rid of the whole bunch, as stated above. Lots of luck doing that!

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  6. Kid says:

    Jack, Imagine if more than a few people knew this.


  7. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, that’s exactly what I thought when I read Jack’s comment. OH MY GOSH.

    But THIS IS WHAT I KEEP LAMENTING: The Right either doesn’t have the facts enough to expose it (how do you prove this, and what if they got it wrong?), or they’re scared to. WHY?


  8. Kid says:

    Because “the Right” is on the take too.


  9. geeez2014 says:

    Kid…..On the take from people who protect Biden and other libs? on the Soros payroll? I’m not so sure.

    EVERYONE: So there’s rumor now that Trump’s past attorney was sniffing around about pardons for Flynn and (drumroll), that SNAKE MANAFORT.
    Flynn? I don’t know…I’m not 100% up on that situation.


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  10. geeez2014 says:

    Or China’s payroll? Maybe….I strongly doubt it.


  11. Kid says:

    Z, the republicans are on the take from lobbyists. Lawyers, Health Insurers. Drug Companies. The list is practically endless. And yes from governments like China. Then there are the kickbacks from ‘foreign aid’. It’s a feeding frenzy.

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  12. Kid says:

    Dems too of course.

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  13. Bob says:

    Mal: This country has always had problems with it Congress. Way back in the Revolutionary War days, Congress would never approve proper expenditures to feed and clothe the Continental Army. The individual states were just as guilty in not funding their share of the struggle. The idea has always been to get as much as you can while in office. That’s politics.


  14. geeez2014 says:

    Bob, it might be a forever thing, you’re probably RIGHT and I love your history info, but it has to STOP!

    Isn’t it astonishing that few have asked “How the heck does that senator who had nothing before now have millions in the bank?” Wouldn’t you THINK, after all these years, it’d be looked INTO?
    Is the media paid off to be quiet, too!??!!!

    Kid, very cynical, probably true, but wouldn’t it be fabulous if Trump, because he needs no more money, could EXPOSE IT ALL?!!!!

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  15. geeez2014 says:

    “In a democracy, it’s your vote that counts…in feudalism, it’s your Count who votes.”


  16. Mal says:

    The answer to the swamp problem is equal to the answer to the mass shooting problem.
    There simply ain’t none!


  17. Bob says:

    “How the heck does that senator who had nothing before now have millions in the bank?”

    I grew up in Tennessee when Al Gore, Sr was a Senator. The Gore family went from prosperous Tennessee folks to outright rich Washington, DC denizens by virtue of their close connections to the tobacco industry (Gore owned a tobacco farm, too) and Big Oil. The Chairman and CEO of Occidental Petroleum, Armand Hammer, was a persona friend to the Gores, and had at least one partnership with them in zinc mining in Tennessee. Is there any wonder where Al Junior got his morals and crooked ways? It’s all in the family, and it started with Big Tobacco and Big Oil donations.

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  18. Congress is exempt from insider trading rules.


  19. kid says:

    Ed, Even if they weren’t there would be a million ways for them to get around it.

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