VIDEO: Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson compares food stamp recipients to animals


"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, '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."

Meet GOP Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson, who said those words. Maybe Newt will want to steal them for his flailing campaign, since he's so enamored with the whole "food stamp president" line of attack.

The Minnesota House GOP pulled the original video, but it got YouTubed anyway, as you can see.

Via Bluestem Prairie:

Franson also tweeted a classicly clueless non-apology apology:

For those offended at the video, I deeply apologize. I have asked for the video to be taken down ...

Apparently, "those" who were thin-skinned enough to be offended by being compared to animals should now be appeased. As for asking for the video to be removed (quick!), she was semi-conscious enough to realize it would bring her all the wrong kind of attention. Too late, Mary, it's already out there, and out there it will stay.

Once again, we witness an epic GOP fail. As for the "apology," I have to admit, they are a very sorry bunch.

  • Gonzoleatherneck

    The USDA really should get out of the business of handouts to needy citizens in order to focus on its real job: handouts to corporations, aka "farm subsidies." Because that creates jobs! For Mexicans. And makes sure executives, lobbyists, and lawyers can stay rich enough to keep buying the politicians and elections required to ensure they'll continue to get those handouts.

    Real question is: when will the American "conservative" wake up to realize that each time he fills-up his pristine F150 with the "I Support The Troops" sticker on the back for his daily 40-mile commute, he's consuming more taxpayer handouts than the guy in the grocery line? American gas is cheap at the pump because taxpayers paid TRILLIONS for it through the military-industrial complex that buys the politicians to drive us in to the wars needed to keep the oil pipeline open. He supports the troops alright. He also has their blood on his hands. If he really wants to honor them, maybe driving a Prius would do more than the sticker.

  • labman57

    This is what happens when you are a card-carrying member of a political group that regards empathy and compassion as character flaws.

  • DragonTat2

    I get the feeling she has yet to look up the chain of congress critters, and see those who continue to vote for laws that favor offshore enterprise.  
    Her thoughts and statements indicate a clear illustration of the great chasm between the needs of the citizenry and the desires of more and more profit from the corporate enterprise.  Our representatives are apparently unaware that it is WE they are to represent. 
    I hope she chokes on her diet soda.