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State Rep. Mary Franson apologizes for comparing food stamps to feeding the animals
star tribune ^ | 3/3 and 3/5/12 | Jennifer Brooks

Posted on 03/05/2012 7:34:14 PM PST by do the dhue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijWu7lK7Hss

State Rep. Mary Franson has apologized and removed a YouTube video that compared Minnesota’s food stamp program to “feed(ing) the animals.”

It started Friday, when Franson, a first-term Republican from Alexandria, posted a week-in-review video on YouTube. She ran through the news about the new state budget forcast and ended with a plea to end child sexual abuse. In between, at about the two-minute mark, she turned to the welfare reform.

“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."

It didn’t take long for the blogosphere to take notice. By 10 p.m. Friday, Franson tweeted an apology: “For those offended at the video, I deeply apologize. I have asked for the video to be taken down ...”

Her video was removed, but copies remain online.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: feedinganimals; foodstamps; maryfranson Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: do the dhue
I don't understand.

Her analogy was completely apt and on-target. Why should she apologize? She's basically correct.

Sure it's nice to apologize for unintentionally hurting somebody's feelings, but my god, she's correct -- she should not apologize for the basic case she was stating.

2 posted on 03/05/2012 7:44:08 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: do the dhue
Not another apology.

Food stamps is like feeding animals, apologizing to leftists is like feeding animals, too. It won't stop with one, they'll take your hand next.

When will we learn.

3 posted on 03/05/2012 7:46:58 PM PST by skeeter
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To: dayglored
Giving people food stamps or food is like feeding deer the more you give them the more they want. The lazier they become hunger is a great motivator.
4 posted on 03/05/2012 7:48:32 PM PST by riverrunner
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5 posted on 03/05/2012 7:52:26 PM PST by MplsSteve (Amy Klobuchar is no moderate. She's Al Franken with a nicer smile.)
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To: do the dhue

At least she didn’t call them sluts


6 posted on 03/05/2012 7:52:49 PM PST by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: dayglored; skeeter

My guess is sal alinsky was tweeting her and it rattled her cage. So, she apologized

7 posted on 03/05/2012 7:53:52 PM PST by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: do the dhue

It’s logic, it has nothing to do with calling people animals. Although people are undeniably animals. Every good liberal knows that.

For what reason do whole families of able bodied people have to be fed, clothed, housed and payed for any longer than it takes them to get a job following some emergency?

And sadly these people have seen their families and cultures disintegrate so badly that those who work in those communities invariably say they live “like animals”.

It’s very, very sad, the evil we are allowing liberals to do.


8 posted on 03/05/2012 7:55:57 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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9 posted on 03/05/2012 7:57:53 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: dayglored

If you don’t have the guts to take the heat just get out of the way.


10 posted on 03/05/2012 7:59:14 PM PST by DManA
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To: do the dhue
Franson speaks up about her controversial video

Three days after posting a video that included acomparison between the food stamp program and feeding wild animals, state Rep. Mary Franson shared photos of some of the hate mail she has received.

Hot Dish asked Franson, R-Alexandria, about the messages in those emails and her thoughts about food stamps and welfare.

What follow is that exchange.

Q: Are you frightened for yourself and your family?

A: “I think the issue is that some of these emails are coming from anonymous sources. I don’t know where they are. So they have been reported to the local sheriff. Am I concerned about my safety and my children? Well, there is a person in my district that has already decided that he’s going to start protesting my house, and my children are just a couple of houses away in day care, so that’s concerning. The sheriffs are well aware of this individual too, so as far as safety, I don’t even know how to respond to that. I’m hoping that if they’re so anonymous that they can’t put their name to an email they’re not going to be able to actually do what it is they want to do...You know, they’re not even talking about the issues. If they’re upset, talk about the issues. Name calling, vulgar name calling?"

Q: It looked like you apologized on Twitter over the weekend.

A: "I apologized. I apologized for offending. What I should have done is maybe elaborated a little bit more on my intent. My intent is, I don’t want people to be poor. I don’t want them living on assistance. What I want them to do is to be able to stand on their own two feet. When you have five years of welfare, five years isn’t enough to get on your feet? There’s something wrong. I want them to be successful. The more successful that Minnesota is, the more successful our state is going to be as well. The question is, you can lead a horse to water, you can’t make him drink. And there are numerous people that use it for the intent, just to get back on their feet, a temporary setback. It’s those people that decide that’s what they want to do, they want government to provide for them, there’s something wrong with that. So there is no way—What I was reading was a forward. It wasn’t something that I came up with myself. I was not saying poor people are like animals, at all. It was just an analogy of becoming dependent, and we don’t want people to become dependent on the government. Especially when our federal government is dead broke. What happens if they decide they’re going to cut food support? What are people going to do to provide for themselves?"

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11 posted on 03/05/2012 8:04:10 PM PST by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: dayglored
Her analogy was completely apt and on-target. Why should she apologize? She's basically correct.

Because we are now Food Stamp Nation - 45 million strong. And they want them to continue - FOREVER. And how DARE you say otherwise.

12 posted on 03/05/2012 8:06:12 PM PST by montag813
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
lol

now wait, that aint funny! It is true!

13 posted on 03/05/2012 8:06:25 PM PST by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: dayglored
OBAMAS WORK BOOTS, NEW SHOES
14 posted on 03/05/2012 8:12:54 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: FrankR


I didn't know they had work boots!
15 posted on 03/05/2012 8:16:57 PM PST by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: FrankR

I want a bumper sticker of that poster!!! Great!


16 posted on 03/05/2012 8:22:46 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Williams
It’s very, very sad, the evil we are allowing liberals to do.

Have you ever listened to what Yuri Bezmenov has to say? If not and you have an hour, please watch this video. It may interest you.

Yuri Bezmenov Thanks

17 posted on 03/05/2012 8:32:48 PM PST by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

The Park Service is part of the Department of the Interior not the Department of Agriculture.


18 posted on 03/05/2012 8:34:37 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative
The Park Service is part of the Department of the Interior not the Department of Agriculture.

Well, it aint as funny then. I make a motion that we move the Food Stamp Program to the Department of Interior.

19 posted on 03/05/2012 8:48:08 PM PST by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: Paleo Conservative

While true for the NPS, most SPS are State DOA, or F&G which is DOA.


20 posted on 03/05/2012 8:50:11 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

OK it is back to being funny. Strike the motion to move the FSP to the DOI!

I think it's Miller Time


21 posted on 03/05/2012 9:07:17 PM PST by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: do the dhue

LOL


22 posted on 03/05/2012 9:36:33 PM PST by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: do the dhue

“Have you ever listened to what Yuri Bezmenov has to say? If not and you have an hour, please watch this video. It may interest you.”

I checked it out. Wow.


23 posted on 03/05/2012 10:49:37 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Stormdog
Interesting isn't it? That video was in the 80’s too. I would say that it is happening or been happening.
24 posted on 03/06/2012 4:36:24 AM PST by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: do the dhue

“I would say that it is happening or been happening.”

That’s the really scary part. We’re at the last stage... Everything he talked about has come to pass.


25 posted on 03/06/2012 7:25:55 AM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Stormdog

and without a shot being fired and that is the Art of Warfares highest form of warfare


26 posted on 03/06/2012 8:18:04 AM PST by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: do the dhue

TY very much for that link I really appreciated it. Goes a lot toward what I try to tell young people about understanding the origin behind all the nice sounding liberal causes.


27 posted on 03/06/2012 3:51:49 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Williams

Thank you, we need to get the word out.


28 posted on 03/06/2012 4:38:00 PM PST by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: riverrunner
"Giving people food stamps or food is like feeding deer the more you give them the more they want. The lazier they become hunger is a great motivator."

A large precentage of our enlisted military qualify for and receive food stamps. I'd bet that the ones reading your comment are feeling really appreciated right about now.

29 posted on 03/06/2012 4:46:33 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

The whole food stamp program is wrong and should be done away with.

Just be cause one qualifies for something doesn’t mean one should take it.


30 posted on 03/07/2012 4:10:37 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: dayglored

Mary Franson is an embarrassment. She was cheating on her husband during the campaign, and they divorced after the election. A waterbug possesses more intellect. I’m hoping she has a primary challenge in her new district.


31 posted on 03/08/2012 11:16:07 PM PST by GreatOne (You will bow down before me, Son of Jor-el!)
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