The Oklahoma Republican Party compared people on food stamps to wild animals on Monday.
The party wrote on its Facebook page:
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 46 million people.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us "Please Do Not Feed the Animals." Their stated reason for the policy is because "The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves."
Thus ends today's lesson in irony #OKGOP
While trying stereotype Americans on food stamps as lazy, the Oklahoma Republicans failed to mention several facts about people who receive food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website:
"Forty-seven percent of all participants are less than 18 years old, and about half of all households include at least one child. Households with children receive 71 percent of all SNAP benefits. About 56 percent of the households with children are single parent families."
"...Eight percent of all participants are age 60 or older, 73 percent of whom live alone. About 16 percent of all households include an elderly member, and about 20 percent include a disabled member."
"...About 30 percent of all households have earnings from a job; about 41 percent of all participants live in a household with earnings."