These updates from Representative Mary Franson just keep getting better and better. In the update for this week, Franson makes the following (apparently funny) comparison between poor people on welfare and animals living in our parks:
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. [emphasis mine]
Oh, Mary, that IS funny! I’m sure those poor folks on welfare really appreciate you comparing them to animals.
It should also be noted that this isn’t just a video uploaded to a site run by Mary Franson. This video was uploaded to the official youtube site of the Minnesota House Republican Caucus. Is this the message Minnesota Republicans would like to send to people in the state, that poor people are the same as animals?
UPDATE: Within only a couple hours of this and other posts about the Franson video, she offered up a weak apology on twitter and had the video taken down from youtube. Luckily, I and others grabbed the video before it could vanish and it is now safely located here: