WOAH. House Speaker John Boehner made it clear at his weekly press conference today that he disagrees with President Obama on the issue of gay marriage, and he would not answer the question: Do you feel that gay marriage is a civil rights issue? When asked, Boehner responded: ”I believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and the president and the democrats can talk about all this all they want.” He added, “The fact is the American people are focused on our economy, and they’re asking the question: Where are the jobs?”
(Via AP YouTube)
It’s like he’s pointing into our souls.
According to Boehner’s party, the jobs are in our vaginas. Or possibly hiding underneath a welfare queen’s mountain of financial aid and food stamps.
The jobs must be hidden in student loan interest rates. That’s why republicans voted to increase it, right? Because they thought increasing interest rates on student loans would create more jobs by…uhm…restricting abortion…or something?
Thanks in large part to the lingering impact of the recession, more than 46.5 million Americans received food stamp aid last December, a 0.5 percent increase from November. According to the USDA, most households can only have $2,000 in countable resources in order to qualify, which makes food stamps a potentially life-saving part of the safety net for poverty-stricken Americans.
But apparently, Minnesota state representative Mary Franson (R) believes this program is akin to feeding deer at a national park. In a YouTube video released last Friday, Franson spent a few minutes going through some of the news of the previous week. After discussing Minnesota’s budget, Franson read a clip comparing the food stamp program to the Park Service’s plea to “not feed the animals”:
And here, it’s kind of ironic, I’ll read you this little funny clipped [sic] 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.’
The video has been removed from YouTube, but you can still watch it here — the pertinent portion is about two minutes in (HT: Crooks and Liars):
[video won’t embed on tumblr, but you can view it at ThinkProgress link in title of this post]
Within a matter of hours, Franson offered an apology of sorts, tweeting, “For those offended at the video, I deeply apologize. I have asked for the video to be taken down.” This has not been the end of the controversy, however: A group called The Alliance for a Better Minnesota has launched a petition drive calling on Franson to make a second video apologizing for the first one.
I am so fucking sick of my family (and families like ours) being compared to stray animals. I don’t even have words right now for how angry I am. You rig the economy, you take away our jobs, you make college an impossible pipe dream, you cut the social safety net and programs that save lives, you keep us unhealthy working dangerous jobs and eating shitty fucking food, you refuse us medical care, you keep us drowned in debt (and refuse to let student loans be discharged in bankruptcy), you send us to war as cannon fodder, and then you have the audacity to say shit like this?! You are the epitome of a fucking parasite. Your precious capitalism would be nothing without the exploitation of the working class. Nobody gets rich without exploiting the working class.
Oh and this shit has happened before:
SC Lt. Gov. compares people getting gov’t help to ‘stray animals’ who ‘breed’ because they don’t know better.