"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.
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.