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A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate compared food stamp recipients to wild animals in a Facebook post.
Dr. Annette Bosworth, who is running for South Dakota’s open Senate seat against four other Republicans, shared a viral image Monday on her personal page on the social media network, reported Right Wing Watch.
The physician, who styles herself after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Steve King (R-IA), is running in third place in a recent poll, behind former South Dakota state Sen. and Gov. Mike Rounds and state Rep. Stace Nelson.
The Facebook post drew many negative comments from her followers.
“The only issue I have with this are children in families that would not eat if not for the food stamps,” said one commenter. “Children do not get to choose their parents.”
Another woman related her own experience, saying she worked one full-time job and another part-time job to pay her family’s rent and bills.
"It did ruffle some feathers. It did stimulate all the way to the Washington Post, but that's good. They're talking about it, and that is the problem: that they won't talk about the issues that are really important to the patients and the people I see every day," Bosworth said.
"Was it a crude statement to begin the conversation? Yes, and if that's what it takes to begin the conversation, so be it," Bosworth said.
The conversation in opposing the post is growing. In a statement to KELOLAND News, Republican Senate candidate Stace Nelson says he is "disappointed at the comments attributed to Annette Bosworth about the poor, elderly, and veterans. We should not blame them for the sad state of this nation. The blame should be on dishonest politicians that claim to be against that which is making Americans further dependent."
Bosworth says critics are taking the words in the post too literally. They should instead see it as a call to action.
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.
The same people who, if you go to a state park, will not let you feed the animals because they will become dependent, just like you were. And they won't be able to survive, just like you couldn't. And they won't be able to fend for themselves, just like you couldn't. And they won't be able to feed themselves, and they won't be able to thrive, and they will not be able to detect danger and so forth. So they know, but they want you to stay dependent. They want you to stay on welfare.
The raccoons figured out the beetles are in the bucket," Bruning said. "And its like grapes in a jar. 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. If we don't incent them to work, they're gonna take the easy route.
“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,” Bauer said during a speech advocating that the government take away assistance to those who do not pass drug tests.
“You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply,” Bauer added, according to a report in the Greenville News. “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.”
originally posted by: HanzHenry
That female (not lady) candidate is a complete SCUM BAG.
Dr. Bosworth also sees patients through Preventive Health Strategies, a non-profit organization focused on providing accessible, quality health care for marginalized populations in Sioux Falls, SD.
She is currently on the Minnehaha County Drug Court Team and supports state and national governing bodies including National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) and Drug Court Initiatives (DCI), along with many other professional organizations focused on promoting recovery to achieve optimal health.
Her dedication extends beyond her time commitment to patients during and after hours. She leads medical mission trips to Haiti and has been known to actually give away the farm in support of causes that matter to her
originally posted by: benrl
It could certainly be argued,
That the Welfare system rewards behavior that would otherwise socially be unacceptable.
We need to help, with out breeding dependency.
The Right, focuses on Dependency.
The left, Focuses on Help.
Unfortunately, the two sides can't get together to reason, and instead only spit Rhetoric and Hyperbole, killing any chance of compromise.
The end result, everyone suffers.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
It could also be argued that we're suffering much more from a lack of economic opportunity than an abundance of dependency so why is the national conversation disproportionately focused by some groups on the least of many causes?
Another argument might be that a class of poor people is the inevitable result of any system in which 4 people have as much as the combined wealth of 140,000,000 (4 Waltons vs ~42% of the US population).
It would be foolish of me or anyone else to deny a degree of exploitation in any system but I sincerely believe that a large majority of lower income people, given a choice and an opportunity, would gladly work a decent paying job rather than subsist on social welfare programs.
originally posted by: ColCurious
a reply to: benrl
Proper work ethics are an educational issue, and while an abusable welfare system certainly isn't helping matters, in the end it comes down to healthy cultural upbringing.
We have one of the best social systems in the world here, so if the system alone was key in conditioning the behaviour of people, we'd have to be a nation of slackers.
originally posted by: rickymouse
There are a lot of part time jobs out there that do not pay a living wage. This program is not the problem, the money spent on unnecessary government contracts is the problem.
originally posted by: mikell
That's an old joke that's been out for ever and everybody laughs at it but knows theres a lot of truth behind it. I work and I would vote for her.
originally posted by: benrl
Education IS key, and I feel is the solution to all our societal problems.