It has been brought to my attention that yesterday's post entitled "Irony..." is incorrect.
Anonymous, from the US Forest Service, pointed out that the National Park Service is not part of the Department of Agriculture, rather it is part of the Department of Interior.
I have the feeling that the commenter may have taken exception to the inaccuracy. The commenter was, of course, correct.
Let me take this opportunity to more accurately rewrite the "Irony..." post from yesterday...
Isn't It Ironic?
The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps, ever, thus perpetuating the dependency.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, part of the more responsible Department of Interior, asks us to please "Do Not Feed The Animals" because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.
I think Agriculture could learn something from Interior.
I traveled through US Forest Service management areas around Flagstaff (and other parts of the southwest) when I went to Phoenix to visit my dad a couple of years ago. You folks do a great job!
Also, the people of the National Park Service do a great job.
I'm not as impressed with the folks that use tax dollars to keep people dependent on give-away programs that require tax dollars to fund. Programs that are corrupt from top to bottom. That would include far more than just Agriculture.
As far as food stamps go, I feel that they should be a safety net, not a long term "solution". I'm sure that there are many food stamp recipients who are appreciative of the helping hand to get through a temporary difficult time. I'm just as certain that there are those who feel entitled, for whatever reason, and have been and will be food stamp recipients forever. For some, it's easier or more convenient than working.