THE COYOTE PRINCIPLE
The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a
nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks the
Governor's dog, then bites the Governor. The
Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie
"Bambi" and then realizes he should stop because
the coyote is only doing what is natural. He calls animal
control. Animal Control captures the coyote and
bills the state $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for
relocating it. He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the
dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.
The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500
getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting
his bite wound bandaged. The running trail gets shut down
for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey
to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals.
The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a
"coyote awareness program" for residents of the area.
The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better
treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease
throughout the world. The Governor's security agent is fired
for not stopping the attack. The state spends $150,000 to hire
and train a new agent with additional special training re the
nature of coyotes. PETA protests the coyote's relocation and
files a $5 million suit against the state.
The Governor of Texas is jogging with his dog along a nature
trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks his dog. The Governor
shoots the coyote with his state-issued pistol and keeps jogging.
The Governor has spent $.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.
The buzzards eat the dead coyote. And that, my friends, is why
California is broke and Texas is not.