Aug 14, 20131
If you’re a recipient of food assistance, you better look the part. Otherwise, Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin is going to take away your food stamps.
We’ve heard all the tropes. Social welfare programs encourage people to stay home and watch Spongebob Squarepants. Fraud in these programs is rampant. Apparently, Rep. Mullin has seen it with his own eyes, and he clued his constituents in on this boondoggle at a town hall meeting last week. According to Think Progress:
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. Fraud. 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.
Oh! I see. This guy sees a couple of people — who, I might add, the good representative does not know — and makes sweeping judgements about their lives. What could possibly go wrong?