Ennobling the poor

No, really. He said that, the smug motherhumper:

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) explained on Tuesday that a new policy that could cut off food stamps for thousands of people in his state would be “ennobling” for poor people.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced last month that beginning in 2015, it would no longer request a waiver to the federal work requirement for certain people who use the SNAP program. Up to 65,000 single Hoosiers could lose food stamp benefits unless they are working 20 hours a week or attending job training.

Speaking to Fox News on Tuesday, Pence argued that 50,000 people had joined the Indiana workforce since 2008 so it was time to return to a “core principle” of welfare reform.

“How do you feel about people who say you are targeting poor people?” Fox News host Brian Kilmeade asked the governor.

“I’m someone that believes there’s nothing more ennobling to a person than a job,” Pence insisted. “And to make sure that able-bodied adults without dependants at home know that here in the state of Indiana, we want to partner with them in their success.”

“You know, it’s the old story,” he continued. “Give someone a fish, and they’ll eat for a day. Teach them to fish, they’ll eat for a lifetime. I think this is an idea whose time has come here in the state of Indiana.”

2 thoughts on “Ennobling the poor

  1. If the FED and the rest of our fearless leaders believe, as they do, that full employment is reached when the unemployment rate falls to 5.5% then we have a problem. The Republican “core principle” would dictate that almost 6 million Americans would get no help at all from the government. 6 million hungry, homeless, poor people marauding through our streets might not be a problem for the 1% living in gated and guarded communities, but it would be an issue for the rest of us. Which is probably why the Republicans (1%) want to make sure that we’re all armed to the teeth with cheap, available handguns. After all if the 99% kills each other off then the 1% won’t be forced to do it and bloody its own hands. The NSA can keep track of the whole stinking mess from their padded ivory towers.

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