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A lesson in irony.

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free meals
and food stamps ever.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department
of the Interior, asks us to “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.”

Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow
dependent  on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.

This ends today’s lesson.



I am in favor of feeding the poor!

I am not in favor of creating a dependent class in our society that can be counted on to vote for Democrat candidates.

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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  1. We all need to learn the economic principle of “moral hazard.”

  2. Curt Stoller says:

    Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    An objective observer watching experiments in centrally planned socialist economies would say: “Wow, that sure doesn’t work.”

    I think a lot of people believe that if the government does something, it must be good. I don’t mean to imply that people sit down, study history, review and analyze the costs and benefits of various government actions. I don’t mean that. I mean that people tend to get swept along with events. People have this notion: “well things must be okay. The people in charge must know what they are doing.” One reads these words in the diaries of Germans during the birth of the Third Reich: “Well the government must know what they’re doing.”

    Sometimes I fear it is not the hard core ideologists who are going to determine our future . . . but that great mass of “well they must know what they’re doing” people.

    I can never forget how 50 years of centrally controlled welfare state government in China and India did less for the people of all classes than a few years of free markets. Allowing some free markets into those centrally controlled nations did more for the poor than a half of century of centrally controlled government. What a lesson to learn from history. But hardly anyone seems to have learned it here in the US.

    I think it is just and good to help the poor. But let’s really help them and not just say we are. The solution to poverty in not more poverty. The solution to poverty is wealth.

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