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Many: The irony of government hand-outs

To the Editor:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture proudly announced that it now distributes the greatest amount of food stamps ever.

Ironically, the National Park Service – part of the same federal government – always warns “Do not feed the animals”, because the animals will quickly grow dependent on handouts.

I’m reminded of the following quote (excerpted) from John Wayne’s character, translating for the Comanche, in McLintock:

“You tell us now that if we let you send us away to this place called Fort Sill, you will feed us and care for us … This what the white man calls charity is a fine thing for widows and orphans, but no warrior can accept it. For when he does, he is no longer a man, and when he is no longer a man, he is nothing and better off dead. You say to the Comanche you are widows and orphans, you are not men.”

Yes, times are tough, but there are still jobs out there, even if they’re not the preferred jobs. Too many of today’s males, however, seem to have forgotten that real men do everything possible to provide for their families. Some prefer to instead spend money on piercings and jewelry, tattoos, and big-screen TVs while relinquishing the responsibility of feeding their children to the government (funded, of course, by taking taxes from hardworking men and women who are trying to feed their own families).

Folks sometimes need a helping hand. But once people start accepting government (taxpayer) handouts, it’s pretty hard to throw off that dependence. And once government starts buying votes with handouts, there is no limit to what that government will handout to further its power.

Angie Many


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