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Receive Public Assistance? Mary Franson Thinks You’re An Animal

Minnesota State Representative Mary Franson, currently rolling out the welcome mat for the climate-change denialist liars of the Heartland Institute and their spokesguy plagiarist Ben “Box Turtle” Domenech, turns out not to be so welcoming to those who get government assistance instead of wingnut welfare:

On Planet Franson, it’s okay to feed the legislators, but not poor people. Via the Minnesota GOP House Caucus Youtube channel, Franson delivers this charming message, beginning at 1:50 in the Youtube below:

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.

Never mind that the Park Service is part of the Department of the Interior, or that similar statements in other places have earned scorn for those politicians, like former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who equate poor people to animals. Franson says her script with complete confidence, because all the poorest of the poor need is a deadline and a lifetime, three-year limit on family assistance to get out of that hammock

The YouTube in question is at the top of this post.

Later, Franson did a non-apology “apology” that may even be more crass than her original YouTube statement.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Minnesota’s Republican state legislature.

UPDATE: The Sauk Center Herald, which styles itself as “The Paper from America’s Original Main Street” — those of you who know the works of a certain American writer who died in self-imposed exile in Rome will catch the reference — weighs in and gives Franson a dressing-down.

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