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  •  I can remember many years ago when some (2+ / 0-)
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    people got their knickers in a knot over people using food stamps to buy a few donuts.  It broke my heart to think of how few treats people on food stamps (esp. children) get and to think of them being so begrudged.  

    (This was back in the days before the obesity epidemic.)

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 02:37:40 PM PST

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    •  Yep (2+ / 0-)

      They are only getting worse. The one that really steamed me was the email circulating about feeding the birds (really about people on food stamps). They made a huge mess, they fought and squawked, and worst of all feeding them meant they bred more messy dirty birds that wanted feeding. That's not just mean, it's evil to imply that hungry people shouldn't be fed because they'll just breed. Makes me want to shower.

      •  Yeah. I think in the olden days they wer mean. (1+ / 0-)
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        Now they're evil in a really maliciously petty way.  

        We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

        by Observerinvancouver on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 03:17:08 PM PST

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      •  Got that same email a couple of years ago (1+ / 0-)
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        from a conservative acquaintance, who typically doesn't think critically or independently, nor question what he hears from right wingnut sources or what gets passed around through their right wingnut network.

        Like you, I found the email somewhat offensive in how it stereotyped and deprecated unfortunates requiring public assistance. It is also an illogical analogy. In replying to this email, I pointed out that people willingly purchase and take the time and effort to feed the birds not only to altruistically help ensure their survival during lean winter months when food is scarce, but to enjoy the sights and sounds of the menagerie of wildlife it brings to their yards. The email deliberately omits the benefits. Moreover, many don't bother filling their birdfeeders when natural food sources become abundant and birds abandon them, just as the overwhelming preponderance of people receiving nutritional assistance on average enrolled for just a short time before obtaining gainful employment.  

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