In short, this Chinese Proverb illustrates the philosophical difference between the political Left and the political Right.
The Left wants to give every man a fish … every day … at the expense of those who know how to fish, with no motivation for that man to learn how to fish. The Left believes this to be compassion, lest the starving man fail to feed himself.
The Right wants to allow every man, woman, and child to fish, point them toward the water, and free them to do so at their convenience. The Right believes this to be compassion, so every individual will then be free to feed himself, as needed, and will not require the assistance of others. Even young children, after all, can be taught to fish.
The Left wants to take 25 – 50% of what is caught by those individuals who know how to fish, and give that to those who don’t have time to learn, or aren’t interested in learning how to fish.
How long will the Right continue to fish for the Left?