A Republican Congressman who apparently thinks that people on welfare should not be in shape is now accusing low-income, physically fit people who use food stamps of fraud, suggesting that if they have money to spend to stay in shape, then they don’t need government financial assistance.
Check out a few excerpts from his “story” below:
via Think Progress
At a town hall in Welch, OK on Thursday, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) called for the outright elimination of aid programs for low-income Americans, claiming that he has witnessed food stamp fraud firsthand.
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.
Regardless of what this Congressman may have seen, one couple certainly does not represent the entire population of those receiving welfare benefits, so it’s insensitive to call for removal of the millions of families who actually do need the program based on one instance.
Aside from that, do you agree with this GOP goon rhetoric, Bossip fam? Should people who are in shape be banned from receiving welfare benefits?