Lesson in Irony
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free meals and Food Stamps ever, to 46 million people. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us “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 outrageous comparison has been making the rounds in right-wing circles for years now. Apparently, no one at Texas Eagle Forum realizes how smug and offensive it must sound to struggling families trying to put food on the table for their children. Or maybe they do but don’t care.
The group calls itself a leader in the “pro-family movement.” Now, that’s a real lesson in irony.