The parable of the talents should be a cautionary tale for members of our government. In the parable the master (the voters) entrusted three servants with a number of talents based on their abilities and told them to do his work.
To the first servant whom he deemed the most able (President Obama) he entrusted five talents. To the second servant whom he deemed second most able (Congressional Democrats) he entrusted two talents. And to the servant whom he deemed least able (Congressional Republicans) he entrusted one talent. Then the master went on a long journey (two years between elections).
The first servant went off right away and put his talents to work and gained five more talents. The second servant also put his talents to work and gained two more talents. However, the third servant, who feared his master, took the talent he was given and did not do the work of the master and instead took his talent and buried it in the ground.
Upon his return the master asked each of his servants what was done with the talents he had entrusted to each of them.
The first servant told the master that he was entrusted with five talents and had gained five more. The master said ‘Well done, you have been a good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in a few things and I will give you responsibility for many things. Enter in the joy of your master.’
The second servant said that he had been entrusted with two talents and that he had gained two more. The master said ‘Well done, you have been a good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in a few things and I will give you responsibility for many things. Enter in the joy of your master.
The third servant said that he know the master was a hard master and he was afraid of the master and so he hid his talent in the ground. The servant then returned the one talent to the master. The master said ‘Evil, lazy servant. You should have invested the talent and done my business so that on my return I would have talent back with interest’. The master took the one talent from the servant and gave it to the one who had gained the five talents. He then had the third servant cast into darkness where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Even with the passage of healthcare reform now is not the time for the first two servants to rest on their laurels and bury their talents. With millions of people seeking employment, a broken immigration system, and the need to overhaul financial regulation, there are still many more talents to be gained.
The journey is not over and the gain of one talent will not be enough.