Hungry People are Not Stray or Wild Animals #fb

no matter what you might want to think , and how “ironic” you think it is.  In part, I am pretty sure that if a homeless family started picking the oranges off your trees and eating from your garden – you would have them arrested. Also, people have not lived off the land in America for quite some time and I don’t know of a nature preserve where they could. 

Now, if there were such a place (A commune? Native American Reservation?) and you went in and started handing out free food – well, yes, you could corrupt the culture and keep them from fending for themselves.

The biggest issue is :Who exactly do you think is on food stamps ? Why are you so angry?

I admit it, there is some fraud. I see a huge poster every day with convicts who lied and accepted cash aid, child care and food benefits they were not eligible for. Are you going to tell me that the banking industry and rich people don’t have fraud either? Really? Go watch the news and get back to me.

When you think Food Stamps (or Cal Fresh as we call it here in California) think about the elderly on fixed incomes who had retirement savings erased by bank failures and the economy collapsing in 2008. Think about little kids who are too young to work and can not provide for themselves.

Every year my daughter and her friends do a 30 Hour Famine where they are not allowed to eat for 30 hours. This is the average time delay between meals in third world countries and among America’s poor who don’t have access to cash aid and food grants.

How about you stop eating right now and pick up the fork again at 10:00 tomorrow night?  (Or when 30 hours would have come and gone for you). Better yet- keep your kids and parents from eating for almost a day and a half and then get back to me about the ridiculousness it is to assist people in accessing food in this economy.

GOP Rep. Mary Franson’s “animals” video has gone national. At the Huffington Post, Leigh Owens writes: “In a message to constituents last week, Republican Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson seemed to compare food stamp recipients to wild animals. Franson’s speech began by giving good news to the people of Minnesota’s District 11B about a surplus in the state budget. Then Franson decided to read ‘this funny little quote we got from a friend.’ ‘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,’ Franson said. ‘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.’ …Franson is not the first elected official to make insulting comments about individuals receiving public assistance. In 2010, former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (R-SC) made similar comments, comparing people who receive government assistance to stray animals.” And you know what’s really funny? At some point it seemed like a good idea.”♥read more http://www.minnpost.com/glean/2012/03/another-look-who-pushing-voter-id

 

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