Dependency and the government bird feeder
Out On A Limb
Some years back I started hanging bird feeders off the deck behind my house.
I thoroughly enjoy the birds and it’s a great place for feeders with scrub oak and other trees.
Now, I have such a great influx of birds that I’m using about fifty pounds of seed per week.
That’s about a ton and a quarter per year and that doesn’t count hummingbirds.
I’m sure that the seed growers appreciate my business creating jobs.
However, I’ve observed a couple of things. First I have created a culture of dependency.
I begin to wonder if the new generations of birds would starve if I quit feeding them, especially in this time of drought.
A second thing I’ve realized is that they don’t really appreciate me.
Every time they see me they fly away in panic.
I sort of thought they would gather around and thank me.
I wish I could slap a tax on all the other independent birds to pay for this program.
Maybe if I run for bird-feeder-in-charge they will vote for me.
I am trying to break the cycle by skipping a few days a week to force them to go out and find other sources of support just in case I run out of money and must resort to personal survival.
Another thing I realized was that I was discriminating between different varieties. To solve that problem I have different types of feeders with different kinds of seed.
The squirrels and chipmunks get the leftovers. Then there are the cats and hawks, but that’s a whole other issue.
Well, here I go again trying to understand our political situation by drawing a parallel.
On the surface, all these government handouts such as food stamps and rent subsidies have created a huge culture of dependency.
The more birdseed you put out the more birds show up and the more seed you need.
The system is being terribly abused; people claiming or faking disability so they can get government aide.
Women who divorce and get ADC (Aid to Dependent Children) and then the ex-husband moves back, but they don’t remarry so they keep the ADC.
What happened to real men? The overweight male in shorts walking a poodle is now the norm.
Where is the pride of accomplishment and diligence?
Where are the men being faithful to wives and demonstrating self-reliance and integrity to their children?
Our political system today punishes success, denigrates the successful and it rewards failure.
The exceptions are the so-called elite who exempt themselves from the taxes and regulations they load on the rest of us.
They blow a verbal smokescreen to cover their deceit.
For example, Social Security is now called a government assistance program.
In reality, it is our money that we paid in year after year and that has been misspent on other government programs; a betrayal of trust if not outright theft.
I’m proud to say that I don’t steal the seed from other birds or go into incredible, non-payable debt to feed the birds.
I’m also not sticking my grandchildren with an overwhelming debt because of my out-of-control bird feeding.
I get discouraged and frustrated feeling that the slide toward socialism is irreversible.
A friend gave me an encouraging quote from a Louis L’Amour novel entitled “The Strong Shall Live”.
“They tell us, Sir, that we are weak, unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be next week? Will it be next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed and a guard stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Sir, we are not weak if we make proper use of those means which the God of nature has placed in our power.”
There are consequences to the decisions that are being laid upon us.
Will they defeat us or will they make us stronger?
— “Out On A Limb” appears on the first Tuesday of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.
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