Skip to comments.Food stamps a helping hand, not a handout
Posted on 09/07/2012 10:14:47 AM PDT by SmithL
"Please don't feed the animals."
That phrase makes sense when talking about bears and deer, turkeys and elk in the Great Smoky Mountains.
It's quite another matter when discussing whether to give food to human beings who need help because circumstances have left them wanting for one the most basic of aspects of life.
That is unless you are David Fowler, president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee ironic, that name.
Fowler, a former Tennessee state legislator, posted on his personal Facebook page recently that the National Park Service's "stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves," Fowler wrote in the post. "This ends today's lesson."
Fowler apparently thinks that the 1,341,520 Tennesseans who received food stamps in July, the last month for which statistics are available, are less than human.
He says that's not what he meant. That what he meant was that "Government creating human dependence on government demeans human dignity and is antithetical to human freedom government is intended to protect."
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Hmmmm, this quote sounds familiar:
"The lessons of history, confirmed by the evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fibre. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. It is inimical to the dictates of sound policy. It is in violation of the traditions of America."
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1935 State of the Union Address
What the writer leaves out is who is giving the food, and under what circumstances.
I have no problem feeding the hungry, because I feel that I'm required to by my faith.
Having a gun pointed at me and cash removed from my wallet so the hungry can be fed by the government is something else entirely.
“Please don’t feed the animals.”
Should have used:
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Libs will always twist and contort another’s statement to suit their perverted political needs.
Food stamps are a farm subsidy administered by the Dept. of Agriculture
The one’s that get me are those that buy steaks and lobster while many working people eat fish sticks and ground beef. Then the steak eaters send the bill to the ground beef eaters.
Food stamps have become a staple to people who haven’t worked in generations; somehow while the media pretends we have “people going to bed hungry” in America we have welfare queens that can’t fit through a double door without turning sideways (and the diabetes “epidemic” to prove it).
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Build a man a fire and you keep him warm for one night. Set the man on fire and you keep him warm for the rest of his life.
When I was young the poor people were skinny and looking for any kind of work. Now the biggest health problem among the poor is obesity and they don’t want any kind of work (It would be a pay cut).
>>Fowler apparently thinks that the 1,341,520 Tennesseans who received food stamps in July, the last month for which statistics are available, are less than human.<<
I would love to see just how many of the 1,341,520 receiving food stamps are actually using them for their designed purpose; and not trading them for cash so they can buy smokes, booze, and drugs.
I’d also like to see just how many of the 1,341,520 are 1) working and just need a little help, 2) out of work and just need a little help, or 3) 3rd or 4th generation shiftless, lazy deadbeats who can work but simply don’t want to because they can milk the system and breed.
Considering that food, second only to air, is one of the highest priorities in survival, every first dollar that every individual has should go towards it.
Food stamps do not subsidize food. An honest person will spend any and every dollar available to feed their family at the expense of comforts and lifestyle.
Food stamps subsidize cell phones and gas, car payments, and everything else that the receiver is then free to spend those first dollars on.
100%. I have no qualms with helping those in need. Those who will never attempt to help themselves is something totally different.
“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don’t teach a man to fish...and feed yourself. He’s a grown man...fishing’s not that hard.” - Ron Swanson
True story - I offered a $13/hr job once to a young lady who applied (factory work). After doing the math, she turned the job down, saying “if I make that much, they’ll take away my HUD assistance, my rent will go up, and my food stamps will go down.”
We’re paying for a generation of losers who have zero incentive to improve their lot in life.
I just wonder how many, in the absence of food stamps, would have gotten off their butt to do what they had to do to get food?
***World's Worst Fisherman*** Award Winner, In Perpetuity.
Now, firearms are a whole 'nother matter...
The War On Poverty has been won by making such work illegal outright (i.e.: minimum wage).
To ward off the inevitable Supreme Court ruling that work associations cannot be prohibited based on arbitrary wage limits, the welfare system guarantees anyone will get a minimum income about 20x that of world median wages.
Ergo poor obesity.