Mary Franson, MNGOP Rep., compares food stamp recipients to wild animals [VIDEO]

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Franson, on food stamp recipients: "The animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves."
In a video that was posted to the official YouTube channel for the MNGOP House caucus, Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, compares food stamp recipients to wild animals.

She later tweeted an apology for her comments and had the video removed, but the clip, embedded below, is preserved in the fossil record.

First elected in 2010, Franson supports reducing the amount of time Minnesotans can stay on welfare from five to three years. In another part of the now-taken-down video, Franson says: "I believe that we can get Minnesota's poorest of the poor back up on their feet and moving toward a prosperous future."

Here's how Franson made the comparison between Minnesota's poor and wild animals:
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This, apparently, is the mental framework Rep. Franson uses to think about Minnesota's poor.
I'll read you this little funny clip 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.'
As you'd imagine, the liberal blogosphere and Twitter-sphere wasted no time condemning Franson's comments. Noting that the video was posted on House Republican's YouTube channel, Eric Austin, blogger for Outstate Politics, wrote: "Is this the message Minnesota Republicans would like to send to people in the state, that poor people are the same as animals?"

As criticism mounted, Franson, at first, was defiant. She tweeted that "The goal should be to get people OFF WELFARE instead #DFL brag about how many are on and needing to outreach for more."

 She must've decided shortly thereafter, however, that the food stamp recipient-wild animal comparison went a little too far: Franson's "weak" apology didn't go far enough for the liberal Alliance for a Better Minnesota. The group started a petition drive demanding Franson post another YouTube video apologizing for her "hurtful and insensitive comments."

Says the petition's website: "These sorts of outrageous and mean-spirited comments have no business being spoken by an elected official in Minnesota."

In a statement, Carrie Lucking, executive director of the Alliance, said "no human, no Minnesotan, should be called a wild animal -- no matter their economic circumstances."

Without further ado, here's the clip Mary Franson no longer wants you to see:
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64 comments
Gonzoleatherneck
Gonzoleatherneck

The USDA really should get out of the business of handouts to needy citizens and devote itself solely to its real job: handouts to corporations, aka "farm subsidies." Because that creates jobs! For Mexicans. And makes sure executives, lobbyists, and lawyers can stay rich enough to keep buying the politicians and elections required to ensure they'll continue to get those handouts. Real question is: when will the American "conservative" wake up to realize that each time he fills-up his pristine F150 with the "I Support The Troops" sticker on the back for his daily 40-mile commute, he's consuming more taxpayer handouts than the guy in the grocery line? American gas is cheap at the pump because taxpayers paid TRILLIONS for it through the military-industrial complex that buys the politicians to drive us in to the wars needed to keep the oil pipeline open. He supports the troops alright. He also has their blood on his hands. If he really wants to honor them, maybe driving a Prius would do more than the sticker.

Trevman71
Trevman71

I am not opposed to helping the less fortunate. I am opposed to long term support of the less motivated. We have 113 million taxpa...yers supporting 46 million on welfare. Not to mention those on social security and government pensions. My contention is that a large percentage of those on welfare are able bodied and unmotivated to do what you and I have done to earn a living. Imagine what our national debt and deficit would look like if half of those on welfare became taxpayers! We've created generational welfare and it is growing and unsustainable. I support making those who are able bodied on welfare work for their checks. I support paying for them to get an education, helping with childcare while they get an education etc. It would be a far better investment than paying people to be idle. 

The Dream79
The Dream79

Sorry for all the typos, hard to go back and edit when typing on my phone!

The Dream79
The Dream79

Why have the number on food stamps gone up, because the economy went down. I'm sure at the time they had those kids they probably could afford to feed them! And so what if they couldn't, were supposed to punish children with hunger for being alive? What happens when to food stamp time limit is up? Hope they qualify for free lunches at school and can eat once a day? And what about the elderly who are just scraping by keeping a roof over their head and posting medical/prescription drug bills - just let them starve? As far as medical, health insuranve should NOT be tied to employment, it's a basic human right and we're looooong over due for universal healthcare!

The Dream79
The Dream79

Totally agree, especially since my hope is that churches will gradually fade away as membership dwindles and more and more people become rational thinkers! It's silly to depend on religious institutions that may or may not be here tomorrow! Plus, I know a lot of churches that have a weekly or monthly dinner, but I think people sort of need to eat every day!

Robklems
Robklems

I have food stamps and am working part-time as I go to school super full-time 18+ credits a semester to get my degree. I will say thank you to all the hard working Americans who gave me this break so I can finnish school. I will pay back when I become an Accountant by being a volunteer. As I become a professional it is my responsibility as a professional to help out my communuty.

Isuki Kane
Isuki Kane

LMAO dude the deficit is thanks to that freak pawlenty...get a democrat in and boom surplus lol

Robyn Foss
Robyn Foss

I have been a life time Republican, am now an independent, because the Repub's and theirbehavior.  Mary Franson is now in my district. She mentions on one of her rebuttal's to critics of her example between welfare recipients and animals, that she has an 8.00 an hour job in the off session from the legislature.  Let's vote her out, so she can go work at that 8.00 an hour job.

Irony is bliss..............

Lisa
Lisa

Foods stamps are for when you are down and out, not for having multiple babies and generations to follow. There are way too many who abuse the system and are flat out lazy!! If you can't afford to feed your kids, don't have any. There should be a limit on how long you can receive them. That goes for health care too! Get a job or two or three and have some pride in your self.

Finding_amanda
Finding_amanda

Why are these people so upset? Haven't they heard of evolution? Humans are animals. And well intentioned govenment programmes often do end up creating dependency, just look at farm subsidies. Nor is there no small amount of abuse of EBT cards, e.g., taking someone shopping and having them give you cash for the food you just purchased for them happens more that people realize.

Bobbiedw
Bobbiedw

I understand she runs a daycare? How much do you want to bet she gets state subsidies for some of those kids. I.e. subsidies from the "welfare" system!

Seth Connell
Seth Connell

So she is saying that a soldier who served 2 tours in Iraq, is honorably discharged and then needs a little help when he gets home is an animal.

ORSunshine
ORSunshine

For the record... the National Parks Service is part of the Department of the Interior: http://www.nps.gov/index.htm

So she just got at least one "fact" wrong, and the entire point of her statement was to bolster the claim that people who receive social services are too lazy to get work. Meanwhile, facts show that some states have a ratio of 6:1 on job seekers to job openings... These job seekers still need to eat while they wait for more jobs to open up.

http://theskanner.com/article/... 

Al Franken
Al Franken

Maybe we need to give all welfare receipents 'seeds" to grow a big garden to feed themselves.

A G Contracting
A G Contracting

Judgement day is coming real soon.we must pray for her. Poor soul....

Katy
Katy

...I want to know why City Pages choose the Racoon family (example) for their animal of choice to reform?

Lizzie Druck
Lizzie Druck

Why are the GOP and the DFL soooo degrading to each other?? There is so much animosity, I don't know how we are supposed to make any progress if we just spend all of our time putting each other down, and making things more difficult for everyone. Aren't we supposed to be "united" ???

Mwartoad
Mwartoad

There is an old saying that academics disputes get so nasty because so little is at stake.

The Rep and the DFL are really not trying to solve the major issues out there so instead they have these "degrading" incidents so that it feels like they are doing something when they are doing nothing. Another old Polyensian saying that applies here also sums it up. "Standing on a Whale while, fishing for minnows.

Mwartoad
Mwartoad

Okay, technically, I should have edited the post more closely. But to all you grammarians out there, let me put this into the context I am writing this. It is about 6:00 am, I am 8 hours into a 10 hour overnight shift. I am exhausted, and only on City Pages, because every fiber and part of my spirit says I should be asleep and I am trying to stay awake enough to finish out the shift.

If you can do better and be more cogent than asalute.

I will also refer you to saying "You need to get over it or die pissed off."

Mwartoad
Mwartoad

Good God, I am arguing online, with people who have not ever said anything to me yet. I do need some sleep.

I still think the first point is good.

omgurdens
omgurdens

Wait so are you on the side of the slut prostitutes or the ignorant women haters?

HotLunch
HotLunch

There isn't supposed to be progress in their system, wake up! If we want to be "united" or "progressive", we must get rid of it.

Ilmarinen
Ilmarinen

 Thanks for being a voice of reason in the political cesspool. Let me be the first to extend an olive branch to the . . . OUCHHHH!!! WTF!

Roe Pressley
Roe Pressley

What the fuck ever. It's a funny comparison. Get over it. Some of my fellow liberals need to pull their heads out of their tight asses and not get offended at every little thing conservatives say. That's what they want you to do.

Stage
Stage

"Let me just strategically place this photo of the kids here right in front of the camera"

HotLunch
HotLunch

hahaha, yes she's a shining example of family values. The photo doesn't lie!!!!!

Seth White
Seth White

12% of the children in Rep Franson's Douglas County are on food stamps. Does she want them to lose their only source of food? 

Guy Incawgnito
Guy Incawgnito

It's a crass way of making an otherwise credible observation.  Allowing the government to take primary responsibility for sustaining the depressed segment of a population, instead of letting that duty fall onto the churches and communities is a mistake.  The government is notorious for waste and is rarely held accountable for fiscal conservatism.  We're all to blame for turning our backs on our fellow man and woman so that we could let someone else worry about it.  This group is broken...  :-)

Seth White
Seth White

There is nothing wrong with we, the people, banding together to look out for those who are suffering hardships. There is no reason to eliminate safety nets in our society. We have a secular society. It's great that churches and charities help out as well, but we need a basic ability as a society to look out for those among us who are worse out. 

Alex Avedikian
Alex Avedikian

We don't need this kind of divisive dialogue in our local politics, there's enough of that on a national level. I find it very disturbing that a supposedly intelligent and educated public servant would use such demeaning language towards her own constituency.

This is so typical of the complete lack of both empathy and understanding of our social programs that so often come from the right. I also take exception to her smarmy, smug and self-righteous posture…all you succeeded in doing is show people how completely out-of-touch you are.

Citizen Kim
Citizen Kim

It looks like perhaps Mary Franson should be fed less.

Mike W.
Mike W.

It would be interesting to see the breakdown of just who exactly is on food stamps:How many are employedHow many are disabledHow many are unemployed and actively looking for workHow many are just trying to makes ends meet and feed their children.

It's easy to take cheap shots against people who are on food stamps, but sometimes, the true story is a lot more complicated.

Seth White
Seth White

Most food stamp recipients are the elderly, disabled, and children. 

My family was on food stamps in the early 80s when I was 7. My dad was laid off work, and the only work he could get was part-time security and work at a farm where they literally paid him in food. But we still needed government assistance. 

Would Rep Franson and the MN-GOP prefer we had just died off like animal populations do in the wild?

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

So when Jesus fed the 5000, he was making them dependent and that was bad?

HotLunch
HotLunch

Well, maybe. Let me think about it.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

I think this woman has been listening to far too many presentations by the MN DNR. Yes lady, animals WILL loose their natural survival skills if you constantly feed them.But please don't make the comparison of man and beast just because the outcomes are similar.  It will never be well perceived.A comparison of handouts and slavery would have been more appropriate.

MN Worker
MN Worker

"animals WILL loose their natural survival skills" .... better than "tightening their survival skills", I suppose....

HotLunch
HotLunch

Yeah we know, Kirk doesn't "get" english. Probably his Anoka education. Give him a break.

HotLunch
HotLunch

I have to realize I actually suck too. Like when i don't capitalize "English" even while I call others out for their editing errors. Sorry Kirk, it won't happen again.

cyril
cyril

More people went on food stamps under Bush Jr than under any other president. Bush Sr was the president that had the 2nd highest increase in food stamp use.

Ilmarinen
Ilmarinen

I will pray for Ms. Franson who has clearly adopted Jesus' Secret Doctrine of helping without helping which is a favorite among lazy Christians who want the benefit of being able to feel Good without expending any cash, sweat or blood. I'd like to witness her looking into the eyes of the mother with the starving baby and preaching, "Get a job." I'd like to peak into her heart of hearts.

stan
stan

llmarinen, you sound just as hateful as Ms. Franson. 

Jon Olsen
Jon Olsen

no, THIS sounds just as hateful as Ms. Franson: BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH  The MN GOP is a disgusting pack of ravenous beasts who, like their national party, would prefer people DIE or the nation go back to SLAVERY. They lie and lie and lie until the WHOLE WORLD is bleeding because they have nothing better to do than shit dogma into each others mouths!

Ilmarinen
Ilmarinen

 Now that is an interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing, Jon.

FellowHuman
FellowHuman

No she doesn't. What she says amounts to 'I doubt she could exhibit that cold of a heart if confronted with the human reality of what she is talking about,' not 'Franson is an animal.'

Ilmarinen
Ilmarinen

 Oh, and Stan, for a taste of the hateful people who Mary communicates with check this out - http://thecuckingstool.blogspo... . Looks like the "joke" that Mary finds so funny is running rampant on some pretty hateful websites.

Ilmarinen
Ilmarinen

 Thank you, Stan, for your concern.

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