teabagger Alert!! – A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘Congressman Claims Widespread Fraud Because He Saw ‘Physically Fit’ Couple Use Food Stamps’
When ever I post about safety net programs in general and SNAP particular, I always get someone replying that the abuse in SNAP is horrific.
People actually able to walk using food stamps. (GASP!)
This is a perfect example of teabagger absolutism.
‘I saw a person using food stamps and they looked alright so everyone on food stamps must be alright and abusing them’.
‘SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: NUMBER OF PERSONS PARTICIPATING’
( ‘Data as of August 9, 2013’)
Oklahoma residents using SNAP – 618,624
‘At a town hall in Welch, OK on Thursday, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) called for the outright elimination of aid programs for low-income Americans, claiming that he has witnessed food stamp fraud firsthand’.
‘Mullin said he would like to “do away with a lot of these programs” because they allow people to slack off’.
“The food programs are designed to take care of people who can’t work, not won’t work. And we all know those people that won’t work, right?” he asked the audience’.
“They’re abusing the program, and we’ve got to get them off of it.”
‘Mullin knows for a fact that food stamps are abused, because he saw them being used by people who did not fit his idea of what poor people are supposed to look like’:
“So I’m in Crystal City and I’m buying my groceries…and I noticed everybody was giving that card. They had these huge baskets, and I realized it was the first of the month”.
“But then I’m looking over, and there’s a couple beside me”.
“This guy was built like a brick house”.
“I mean he had muscles all over him. He was in a little tank top and pair of shorts and really nice Nike shoes”.
“And she was standing there, and she was all in shape and she looked like she had just come from a fitness program”.
“She was in the spandex, and you know, they were both physically fit”.
“And they go up in front of me and they pay with that card”.
“Absolute 100% all it is is fraud…it’s all over the place. And there you go, to the fact that we shouldn’t be supporting those who won’t work. They’re spending their money someplace”.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/08/09/2442191/congressman-claims-widespread-fraud-because-he-saw-a-physically-fit-couple-use-food-stamps-to-buy-groceries/