"Two Democrats on an escalator" (with thanks to blogfriend boymoto), a perfect metaphor for the nanny-state mentality. (Videomaker unknown)
You're riding up an escalator when suddenly it stops, stranding you between floors. What do you do? Probably curse a little under your breath, then shift mental gears, climb the rest of the way to the top and go on about your business. But what if you had been conditioned by years of nanny-statism into a default mode of helplessness? From the video:
He: There are two people stuck on an escalator, and we need help now. Now would somebody please do something!?
It never occurs to them to pick themselves up by their bootstraps and be on their way. Instead they remain stuck in place, waiting for the powers be that be to come rescue them.