A lamb’s tail can grow long enough to drag in the dirt, collecting mud. Sheep ranchers often chopped off the lambs’ tails.
To keep the wound from getting infected, they threw salt on the wound — a painful remedy, but effective.
There exists a story about a small boy, empathizing with the lambs, begging his father to just cut off their tail “a bit at a time, so it won’t hurt so much.”
The U.S. is attempting to cut off the lamb’s tail a bit at a time when it comes to adopting the metric system.
If President Bush is looking for a legacy, he might push the U.S. to join the rest of the world, and ask Congress to complete our conversion to the metric system.