How it’s handled in California :

The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out, bites the Governor, and attacks his dog.

  1. The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects, and decides not to; after all, the coyote is only doing what is natural. As a result, the coyote kills the Governor’s dog.

  2. The Governor calls animal control. Animal Control captures coyote, and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.

  3. He calls a  veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog, and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.

  4. The Governor goes to hospital and gets checked for diseases from the coyote,, and getting his bite wound bandaged. The hospital bills the state $3,500 for its services.

  5. The running trail gets shut down for six months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is free of dangerous animals.

  6. The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a “coyote awareness” program for residents of the running trail area.

  7. The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.

  8. The Governor’s security agent is fired for not stopping the attack somehow, and for letting the Governor attempt to intervene with an innocent, hard-working coyote.

  9. Additional cost to State of California :  $75,000 to hire and train a new security agent with additional special training in the nature of coyotes.

  10. PETA protests the coyote’s relocation, and files a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the State.

How it’s handled in Arizona :

The Governor of Arizona is jogging with her dog along a nature trail. A Coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor and her dog.

  1. The Governor shoots the coyote with her State-issued .45 ACP pistol, and keeps jogging. The Governor has expended a single hollow-point cartridge, at a total cost to the State of Arizona of fifty cents.

  2. The buzzards eat the dead coyote. Cost to the State: zero.

And that, boys and girls, is why California is broke. And more importantly, why big government doesn’t work.
If you  understand this parable, then you understand what the Tea  Party is all about.