Right-wing rhetoric knows no bounds as they continue to vilify the poor as lazy moochers sucking hard-earned dollars off us hard-working, decent folk. An image that’s been making the rounds of the Internet for awhile made it to Dr. Annette Bosworth’s desk, which she then shared on her campaign’s Facebook page. Bosworth is a first-time Senate candidate for South Dakota, Republican, and follows the not-so-fantastic teachings of people like Senator Ted Cruz.
The image compares poor people to wild animals, saying that there are signs up in national parks that say don’t feed the animals, because they’ll become dependent on handouts and won’t learn to take care of themselves. It then asks why the same logic isn’t applied to people receiving government assistance.
On its face, that’s offensive. Our country’s poor population isn’t made up primarily of people who don’t know how to get and hold a job, or take care of themselves. It’s made of up people who aren’t earning enough to make ends meet, can’t afford school, and can’t afford to move to where better jobs (and/or lower cost of living) might be. The poor aren’t animals living entirely on instinct, without the capability of higher reasoning skills.
That’s also why this argument is illogical. It’s a wildly invalid and inaccurate comparison.
In 2010, South Carolina’s then-lieutenant governor compared the poor to stray animals. Andre Bauer said that the reason you don’t feed stray animals is because they’ll breed. In his mind, this also applied to the poor, and he said, according to Politico:
[box type=”shadow”]”You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. 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.” [/box]
Bauer later apologized for that remark, in a kind of backhanded way.
Minnesota Representative Mary Franson also brought out this ridiculous comparison in 2012. She, too, apologized and had to walk back her remarks. And, like Bauer and others, her apology was weak and somewhat backhanded.
Sadly, this isn’t a comparison that’s going away anytime soon, no matter how wrong it is, and how offensive it is. It paints a picture of the poor that’s just wrong. What we need is to understand all the causes of poverty, because it’s not government dependence and it’s not poor work ethic. All idiots like Bosworth, Franson, Bauer, and the right in general are doing is creating divisiveness on an issue that needs to be understood before it can be solved.
More from AATTP on outrageous TEApublican lies about people.
- Limbaugh: Poor Kids Getting Free Lunch Are Just Like Family Pets
- How Cruel, Twisted TEApublicans Talk About Poor People
- Watch This Tea Partier Compare Minorities To Animals!
- Bill O’Reilly: ‘Jesus Would Not Support Food Stamps for Poor People Because Most of Them are Drug Addicts’ (Video)
- Forbes Columnist: Food Stamps are Cruel, Hunger is a Myth Since Poor Kids Don’t Have ‘Distended Bellies’ (Video)