This is one of those moments where I run across a story and I really don’t even have the words. All I can do is shake my head and contemplate what kind of pathetic human being would say something like this.
South Dakota Republican Senate candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth literally compared people who are on welfare to wild animals when she made a post on her Facebook page. She used the National Parks Service telling people not to feed the animals as an example of why the government shouldn’t provide welfare benefits to families. You know, because feeding poor people makes them dependent on the government just like feeding wild animals makes them dependent on humans.
Bosworth shared an image that reads, “The food stamp program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They proudly report that they distribute free meals and food stamps to over 46 million people on an annual basis. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, run by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us ‘please do not feed the animals.’ Their stated reason for this policy being that the animals will grow dependent on the handouts, and then they will never learn to take care of themselves.”
Then on the bottom in concludes with a big bold caption saying, “This concludes today’s lesson. Any questions?”
Again, that’s a Republican Senate candidate comparing people who rely on welfare (which includes children, the disabled and the elderly) to wild animals.
Calling this post ignorant doesn’t even do it justice. The utter disdain and hatred one must have towards those who rely on welfare to survive is appalling. I think it goes without saying that Ms. Bosworth has never lived in poverty. It’s something that, unless you’ve lived through it, you really don’t know what it’s like.
I do always love how Republicans lump every single person on welfare in with those who do abuse the system, yet the GOP almost never condemns big corporations which are rampant with unethical and immoral behavior.
If you want to talk about creating dependency, let’s talk about all these giant corporations that are exploiting our tax code, successfully avoiding paying billions in taxes.
But this is just another example of someone within the Republican party boastfully displaying their disdain towards the poorest among us.