come under fire for reading aloud an e-mail that has been circulating in Republican circles for some time. At least, I have been receiving it for some time.
Rep. Franson's reading went as follows:
“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."
After receiving complaints,Franson posted an apology online. Nonetheless, the liberal Alliance for a Better Minnesota is circulating a petition demanding that she post an additional apology on YouTube.
In spite of the Star Tribune’s claim (in the title of its “news” story on the topic) that Franson compared “food stamps to feeding the animals,” I don’t see that comparison. She suggested that unsustainable dependency shouldn’t be encouraged. Democrats treat welfare recipients like animals by supporting and encouraging permanent dependency; Republicans treat them with respect by trying to help them become self-dependent. It might be accurate to say that Franson said Democrats treat welfare recipients like animals, but anything short of that is less than accurate.
Would any Republican say that welfare recipients are like animals? That’s pretty unlikely. Would they say that Democrats treat welfare recipients like animals when they encourage them to keep doing what they’re doing rather than give them a hand up? In all likelihood, a lot of Republicans would.
Of course, the Star Tribune and other Democrats will keep misrepresenting Franson and using her to distract from the real issue of welfare form. One proposal that has been introduced would reduce the amount of time welfare recipients may stay on the program from five years down to three years. Any legislator who wants to encourage program participants to become more self-reliable would probably support that proposal. Yet Democrats will not.
Few people in the legislature have been as independent and as supportive of limited government as Mary Franson. Earlier this session, she introduced a bill (with Carolyn McElfatrick and Kathy Lohmer) to prohibit abortion facilities from operating without a license. She also proposed a constitutional amendment eliminating the state income tax. These are bold initiatives that many legislators are too timid to take the lead on.
For these reasons, Franson is high on the list of targets for Democrats, and she should be high on every conservative’s list of legislators to support.
If can afford to help her campaign, you may send contributions to:
Patriots for Mary Franson
2740 Le Homme Dieu Hts NE
Alexandria, MN 56308