Rep. Mary Franson (R-MN.): Giving Poor People Welfare is Like Feeding “Wild Animals”

OK, so where have I heard this before?

Yep, yet another one of those “we hate poor people” statements from yet another Republican politician. I know, it’s like these people just don’t get it; and quite frankly, I don’t think that they even care to. This time around, Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson has released a YoutTube video explaining her rationale for the reduction of the amount of time residents are allowed to stay on assistance. This is a big deal because as you know, those godforsaken poor bastards are really draining the coffers of state government all across the country; yep, especially those single mothers.

In her video, she explains that she would like to reduce the number of years allowed for welfare recipients from five years to three years. And of course she has a that Republican social scientific empirical evidence to back up her video. In the following video she says, “And here, it’s kind of ironic, I’ll read you this little funny clip that we got from a friend,” she said. “It says, ‘Isn’t it ironic that the food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever. Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to please not feed the animals, because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.”

Now the real irony to her statement, is that according to the USDA, the district she represents has one of the state’s highest poverty rates, with 17% of it’s residents living in poverty in 2010. Yep, that’s a significant number of wild animals to have to worry about becoming too dependent on the government. You can watch the following video; hopefully her accent doesn’t irk you like it did me.

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