Do We Need the National Park Service to Take Over Food Stamp Program?
But the problem of government handouts is not a new problem as Benjamin Franklin wrote about welfare back during the foundation of America.
“In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries that the more the public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.However, it appears that our government, over the past 100 years, has forgotten Franklin’s warnings and instructions. He told us then that the more the government hands out, the more dependent the people will become and instead of actually helping the poor, we end up locking them into the system and creating more poor.
A friend of ours posted something on his Facebook page that I thought spoke volumes to the wisdom of government handouts. It was the image of a small newspaper editorial that someone tore out of the paper. After a little research, I found the editorial was published by the Miller County Liberal on June 13, 2012. It was submitted by Billy Fleming and reads:
“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.’”