Minnesota Legislator Discusses Food Stamps: Please Don’t Feed The Animals

Here we go again.  A Minnesota state representative, discussing the expansion of people using food stamps, tries to illustrate her point that the program creates dependency by quoting an “ironic” story a “friend” sent her.

As Bluestem Praire reports, Minnesota Republican Representative Mary Franson said, “Last week, we worked on some welfare reform bills. 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.”

Franson has since apologized to “those offended at the video,” but it’s not as if she’s the first Republican to use this talking point.  As Sally Jo Sorensen mentions, the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina compared those who accept help from the government to “stray animals” that will then “breed.” “My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals…You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.”  He later admitted maybe that “wasn’t the best metaphor.

And Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, who is now running for Ben Nelson’s senate seat, compared those who accept welfare to “racoons,” stating, “The raccoons — they’re not stupid, they’re gonna do the easy way if we make it easy for them. Just like welfare recipients all across America.”

As the 2012 election continues, are Republicans ever going to remember that people are not animals, and that they vote, too?

Watch the video clip of Franson below, with the “animals” quote at 1:50 (via Sally Jo Sorensen):

Photo credit: Thinkstock


H M.
H M2 years ago

http://www.commissions.leg.state.mn.us/gis/html/l2002/pdf/11b.pdf MN State Rep. Franson's info.

MN House district 08's economic info: http://www.gis.leg.mn/php/profiles/house.php?district=08B&section=dp03

Douglas Wallace
Douglas Wallace5 years ago

Attitude my friends attitude. If you say there are no jobs out there, guess what, that will be your reality: No Jobs. If you keep on thinking like a victim, victory does not exist. I will make advancing my lifestyle my FULL TIME JOB until I get a job for a paycheck. Col. Sanders famous recipe was rejected by just under 1,000 restaraunts. That last one he visited said YES! Did he fall into a pity party after 200 people told him 'no'? Turned down by 600, he simply went on to the next one. If I get kicked out of 350 offices looking for work, there is always number 351 to go to. Yes, it is hard. Yes, it is painful. Yes, it is frustrating. But not to suckle the government's teat is an extreme motivator in my life. Hoping to pass this feeling on to others. Now, quit reading this AND GO GO GO !! !!

federico bortoletto

grazie delle notizie.

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago

ILLEGAL aliens in MN are RAPING our system Honest citizen do NOT stand a chance. I am a Minnesotan : (

Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago


Carrie H.
Carrie H5 years ago

That is sick, the animals are the ones in office. You would thank if they gave a crap about the people they would support unions, equal pay, and raise the minimum wage. But they would rather give tax credits to take jobs oversees, corporate welfair is the only way to go with republicans give big business as much as you can so they can creat jobs oversees

Geynell Eskite
Geynell Eskite5 years ago

Typical Republican heartlessness. Is anyone really surprised by this any more?

teresa f.
teresa floyd5 years ago

O.K. to those of you who think that the people on welfare should go to classes and crap like that to find a job,PLEASE TELL ME WHERE ARE ALL THE DAMN JOBS.You people want us of foodstamp and you say get a job 'WHAT JOB WHERE'NEWS FLASH THERE ARE NO JOBS OUT THERE. THEY ARE ALL IN OTHER COUNTRIES.
Come on do you realy think that I (or we) want to be on the food stamps.
Are you going to tell the elderly the handiecap to go get jobs.Ya good luck with that 'LET ME KNOW HOW IT WORKS OUT'
I am on food stamps,and I wish I wasn't but I am handiecap and I live pay check to pay check,and the little bit of foodstamps i get would not even feed your dog.
I am SO DAMN TIRED of people saying that the ones of foodstamps should get "A JOB" it just makes me even matter.
and as far as the morons the are abusing the foodstamp program, I know there is less of them there then are the people who really need the help.
So Back off of the Foodstamp program.If I do loose mine I will be bring acouple thousands of my friends to your door for food.
Sorry but this is a touchy subjuect to me

Anon A.
Anon A.5 years ago

As soon to be member of the "1%" evildoers who hide all their money I will simply put the state of affairs of our welfare system in this way: We do not have a checks and balances system that works in our welfare system. Case and point, there have been documented cases of people using their welfare money on alcohol, tobacco, and other non-essential food items. I see people paying for food with their access cards every day wearing their designer jeans, carrying their gucci bags. I don't think anyone is comparing people who truly need welfare to animals, it was just a poor choice of words. But it does bring up a valid point. As seen by Katrina when the people of New Orleans refused to rebuild their OWN city, but rather would receive disaster aid years after, people will continue to abuse a system until the system cuts them off. Also, all the people who have posted on this website stating they have been on food stamps and feel offended at the comments, I feel your pain. These comments are not directed at you. There is no denying there are people in need in this country. However, there is also no denying that there are people who do not contribute a cent to the good of the whole, who take without question. You say the 1% hides all their money, but as evidenced by the recent IRS report, close to 50% of americans do not pay income tax. Think about that fact. This means 50% of the country pays for the totality of federal government expenses. Where in our constitution doe

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

but we are NOT animals.. we have to have money to eat. Fact of life. And for those like me, a single mom who was a stay at home mom till my ex husband ran around with some teenager, money is tight in bad circumstances. Sometimes without government help GOOD moms lose their kids, simply because life through them a bad batch.