Feeding The Monkeys

Feeding the Monkeys” is slang for doing something that you know is stupid, unwise, and/or contra-indicated. It almost always has a negative result. It is also a very apt metaphor for America’s ever-expanding entitlement programs.


Feeding The Monkeys Is Not A Wise Choice

The maddening fact that these “safety net” entitlement programs bear greatest resemblance to animal husbandry than anything meant to foster, or even maintain, human dignity just makes the comparison more accurate and pointed.

All we’ll ever get by feeding the monkeys is feeding frenzies, hand-out recipients squabbling and stealing each others’ “Government Manna,” and uncontrolled population increase among the subsidized groups. Worse, after some time being “fed,” neither they nor their progeny are capable of “being released back into the wild.”

This holds equally true for any all corporations that were declared Too Big To Fail and/or those industries that are now or have been receiving copious federal subsidies.

It’s all the same. It doesn’t matter if they’re sagging and wearing Ecko, Sean John, or Apple Bottom, or they’re in Brooks Brothers, Hermes, or Ralph Lauren; the feeding frenzy is fundamentally the same as is the expectancy that the trough will be refilled.

Related Reading:

Empowerment Series: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People
American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach, with Enhanced Pearson eText -- Access Card Package (8th Edition) (What's New in Social Work)
By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission
Socialism .By: John Stuart Mill
The Age of Responsibility: Luck, Choice, and the Welfare State

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2 Responses to “Feeding The Monkeys”

  1. ichabod Says:

    Hi Jonolan;

    It is amazing we both picked up on the same aspect and although the treatment differs we are both saying the same thing.

    Now that the feeding has been accomplished we are left with the consequences. Unfortunately, most of the “developed” world does not understand this yet, but we see signs appearing all too frequently as of late.

    It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, and that may take a few more years yet.

  2. jonolan Says:

    Yes, we’re all going to have to face the consequences of keeping people dependent.

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