N.H. House lawmaker compares low-income nutrition assistance to feeding wild animals

In an email to every member of the New Hampshire House, Rep. Romeo Danais compared the federal program that provides nutrition assistance to low income individuals and families with feeding wild animals.

"Here is a short lesson in irony," the Nottingham Republican wrote. "The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves:"

Subject: a short lesson in irony
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:31:26 -0700
From: Romeo Danais <romicf@yahoo.com>
To: Romeo Danais <romicf@yahoo.com>
CC: ‘~All Representatives’ <HReps@leg.state.nh.us>

Who is the dependent?

Here is a short lesson in irony:

The Food Stamp Program (aka SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), administered by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps over to 47 million people this year.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of Interior, asks us “Please do not feed the animals.”

Their stated reason for the policy is “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

This ends today’s lesson in irony.