Saturday, March 3, 2012

Please don't feed the (poor) wild animals

I'm a little late to this party. Blogs that have specialized in covering politics in rural Minnesota, like Bluestem Prairie and Outstate Politics, have found a video of state Representative, Mary Franson, in which it seems that she is comparing the poor to wild animals in our parks.

You be the judge...

In case this video gets pulled, like one earlier, here is the text of what she said:
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.

In fairness, Rep. Franson seemed to be quoting an unnamed "friend." Yet, as an elected official, why would you even go there? This video seemed to be an address to her constituents, not some Tea Party sponsored campaign rally.

So the question is, does Rep. Franson personally equate the poor to wild animals? Who is the last dirt poor person she's talked to voluntarily? Is she referring to inner-city poor? If so, can she tell me the last impoverished neighborhood she's visited.

Well, I am giving her her opportunity to speak with someone from the working poor class. I have invited her to come on our show, to explain this. Maybe she can tell us the similarities between me and Yogi Bear.

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