Republicans just can't seem to help themselves with this brain-dead analogy because this is how they really think, from Rush Limbaugh right on down. Here Minnesota State Rep Mary Franson uses the same offensive analogy of dependence that is currently so fashionable among republicans. This being an election year though the video was quickly pulled from YouTube but not before some enterprising souls captured it for posterity.
Eric at MN Progressive Project notices that Franson now joins the not so illustrious ranks of Nebraska AG and GOP US Senate candidate Jon Bruning who compared poor people to raccoons eating cockroaches, and South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer who compared them to stray animals that breed too much when fed by children.
Last week, we worked on some welfare reform bills.
And here, it's kind of ironic, I'll read you this little funny clipped that we got from a friend. It says, 'Is'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.