“Please Do Not Feed The Animals, They May Grow Dependent”

Please Do Not Feed The Animals, They May Grow Dependent”

"The Major Difference between Genius and Stupidity --- is Genius has
 its Limitations". 
"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". 
"Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, 
asks us to "please do not feed the animals" because the animals may 
grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves". 
I thank former high school classmate, John Plume, for sending this message to me. 
This is but one illustration of American Governmental psychotic thinking.
VTM, 3/4/12

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15 Responses to ““Please Do Not Feed The Animals, They May Grow Dependent””

  1. Nicky Feng Says:

    yeah bookmaking this wasn’t a risky conclusion outstanding post! .


  2. HJ Says:

    Welfare is merely the symptom of a bigger problem…. if Americans bought fewer products made in China and India, maybe their neighbors would be able to get jobs so that they wouldn’t need welfare to survive. When is the last time you saw a TV or stereo that was “made in the U.S.A.”?
    Blaming the victims of failed government economic policies; i.e., those who need welfare to survive, is far too easy and it’s naive. Why don’t you advocate for import duties to prevent China from ruining the U.S. economy before it’s too late?


    • vtmawhinney Says:

      Your comment is a thoughtful one, HJ. Thanks for taking the time to add your perspective to a very complex issue.

      My readings in the realm of economics suggest (Thomas Sowell and others)that import duties do little more than invite higher import duties on our own products. Such “tarrif wars” do not seem to lead to economic advancements for America.

      I understand that Mitt Romney has tax break plans to bring many manufacturing businesses back to America. I am in favor of experimenting with similar plans in order to see what works the best.

      In the final analysis, however, we are stuck with the fact that our preferred standard of living makes it very hard to compete with societies that can provide cheap labor and the work provides an increased standard of living for their laborers.

      Regarding “Feeding the Animals”….we have now gone way over-board on that and this will have ruinous behavioral results for many of our citizens and for America’s population work-ethic.

      Thanks, again, for your thoughts. VTM


    • Gonzo Says:

      Interesting, I engaged in this very discussion topic very recently on another blog. This takes me back 25+ years when I purchased a foreign car. A union automaker chastised me for it. I asked him if his stereo, TV, etc, were American made. He became indignant and scowled that they were more expensive so why should he – yet I was to pay thousands more for a car of lesser quality.

      Why do I bring this up? – because the problem has long been the consumer. The American consumer alone has the power to change things, just as they did back starting 3 decades ago. WE the American consumer CHOSE to buy the cheap knock offs over the quality American made products. WE, the American consumer, pounded the drum of “Buy American”, but when it suited us, bought cheaper products instead, forcing American businesses to move manufacturing overseas just so they could survive as a business.

      It is not the fault of the government that WE made the purchasing choices that we did, nor is it the fault of American businesses that they did what they had to do to survive.

      WE, the American consumer STILL have that power. WE can chose TODAY, to look for and buy American, no matter the costs, as a way to send a message to American businesses that WE are ready to pay a bit extra to support American jobs. WE will also need to insist on a certain level of quality…just like it was in the old days.

      *I* do this today. What about the rest of you? o.O


      • vtmawhinney Says:


        You make very good points that not so many think about.

        I prefer to buy American, when I can get good quality at a reasonable price. I will not reward shoddy work with my hard-earned money.

        However, as one economist put it, some countries can make products as good or better at a cheaper price than we can in America. For example, we can grow the fiber cheaper and better than others can. They buy the fiber from us..we buy the cloth from them and everone gains a good and less expensive product as a result. Everyone wins. This is the rational behind the international free market.

        Some nations do things better and cheaper than others and visa versa. Free trade between nations selling the things they do best and buying the things they do not do best increases everyone’s wealth.

        I am not smart enough about economics to know the limitations of this model.

        I invite others who are to “fire-away”!

        VTM, 7/26/12


  3. Albert Says:

    While I agree with and love the statement, there’s one small problem. Food Stamps are run by the USDA while the National Park Service is run by the Department of the Interior.


    • vtmawhinney Says:

      The truth is that consequences control behavior in all animals…humans included. This behavioral Law has been known since 1898. It matters not which governmental agency provides the noncontingent food and other material rewards. If simply showing up to feed is all that is required that is all that will happen…outside of rampant propagation and migration to the governmental feeding station.

      The evil Left understands this very well. It is a killer of Free Enterprise and the womb of Marxism.

      Thanks for visiting my blog…please tell your friends to stop by. Tom


  4. smithy14975 Says:

    this certainly has come to fruitation


  5. Gonzo Says:

    Some empirical proof of what you claim. Two lottery winners that take tax payer funded food stamps do NOT stop using them after hitting it rich in the lottery. Michigan Rep says that the program relies on people to do the right thing and admit when they no longer need the assistance. Read here what this greedy person has to say on the issue of her ill-gotten “entitlement”:

    One of Michigan’s politicians explained this morning that people get used to sources for food and it may be difficult for them to let that go. And here I thought human’s were the superior “thinking” animals on the planet.


    • vtmawhinney Says:

      First, humans are animals. For those offended by such a statment, they are welcome to select other standard catagories; minerals or vegetables, ect..

      Humans are simply more elegant critters at maximizing their reinforcers: More, bigger, faster and more addicting. Without a powerful and deeply ingrained code of moral conduct, carefully maintained by their socioculture, ya get what we are increasingly seeing. So sad to see it ending this way.



  6. Gonzo Says:

    This is what happens when an animal becomes dependent upon humans for food. Note the insistence on the part of the deer, and some aggression.

    Now see what happens when humans with a sense of entitlement are threatened with the removal of just a small fraction of their gvt subsidy:


    • vtmawhinney Says:

      Gonzo, Great contribution! Thanks so much…I will blog it in my main page.
      Humans are animals, in case folks have forgotten.

      They respond to the principles of psychology (so badly mismanaged by governments) much as the rest of their critter friends do!




    Good write up and very right


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