Minnesota Republican Says People Who Use Food Stamps Are Wild Animals

YouTube is a wonderful place to share videos and ideas. But if you’re a Republican like state Rep. Mary Franson of Minnesota, it’s a place where you’re true feelings about the poor are broadcast to the world.

While recording a message to the people of Minnesota, District 11A Rep. Mary Franson sat in her chair, and speaking with a Sarah Palinesque voice, delivered some good news about the Minnesota budget and spun it to make it sound as if Republicans were solely responsible for it. But then she said some things that should end her career as a public servant. Franson compared people who rely on food stamps to wild animals. And she thought it was funny.

“Last week, we worked on some welfare reform bills. And here, it’s kind of ironic, I’ll read you this little funny clip that we got from a friend. 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. Our reform bills are meant to bring people up out of the clutches of poverty. We want to provide a safety net, no longer a safety hammock. In one of the bills Representative Kurt Daudt authored would reduce the amount of time that you could stay on welfare from five years to three years. In three years I believe that we can get Minnesota’s poorest of the poor back up on their feet and moving more toward a prosperous future.”

Here’s the video:

For years, Republicans have consistently and ferociously attacked the poor, who through no fault of their own, have lost their jobs and have been unable to find new ones because of the economic collapse caused by GOP policies in 2008. This lack of jobs means lack of money, which means lack of food. That means, without food stamps, poverty stricken people would be left to starve to death. I don’t know what they put in the water in Minnesota, but Franson isn’t the first heartless politician in the state to say evil things about poor people on food stamps. Not too long ago, Republican Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann came under fire for saying that people who are unemployed should starve. People don’t want to have to rely on food stamps and usually stop using them when their financial situation improves. But in order for the financial situation of the poor to improve, narrow minded Republicans like Franson need to get off their asses and start focusing on actually doing things that help the poor instead of pushing policies that only help the wealthy, who can actually afford to buy their own food to stuff themselves with. Stupidly comparing the poor to wild animals does nothing to solve the problem. Such rhetoric only reveals how hateful and divisive Republicans are.