State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim offered her colleagues this tale on Thursday as the Legislature approaches first decking on Friday, an important procedural deadline for bills moving -- or not moving -- between chambers.
The boy rode the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked,
"It was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding."
The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions. Later, they passed some people that remarked,
"What a shame, he makes the little boy walk."
They then decided they both would walk.
Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So they both rode the donkey.
Now they passed some animal advocates that shamed them by saying how awful to put such a load on a poor donkey.
The boy and man said they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed the bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned.
The moral of this story? If you try to please everyone, you might as well kiss your a-s-s good-bye.