Congress should use money from its food stamp budget and Planned Parenthood funding to pay for a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, Rep. Steve King said Wednesday.He then went on to literally compare taking food stamps away from people to Michelle Obama's healthy school lunch initiative. What the what?!
"Are you comfortable, congressman, with providing $1.6 billion of taxpayer money, not from Mexico, to build that wall?" CNN's Alisyn Camerota asked on "New Day."
"Absolutely, yes and more," he replied. "And I'd throw another $5 billion on the pile and I would find half a billion of that from right out of Planned Parenthood's budget. And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people who haven't worked in three generations."
It's chilling how out of touch some legislators are. Two-thirds of people on food stamps are elderly, children, or disabled. This is little better than gaslighting; perpetuating the myth that food stamps are an "entitlement for people who haven't worked for three generations," when in reality, it is estimated that fraud exists in only about 2.7% of all cases. In fact, the highest cases of fraud are connected to long-term disability payments, not food stamps and welfare. It's a campaign going back generations in an attempt to further dehumanize people struggling with poverty, mental illness, and disability. Don't listen to this nonsense. Take the time to educate yourselves on the facts.
Next, I would ask the good Congressman to take a solid look at what is happening in Texas, where a defund forced 80 Planned Parenthoods in the state to close. Unwanted pregnancies and STD rates have gone up. In some rural areas where women would have to drive 100 miles or more to receive preventative care, the abortion rate skyrocketed by 191% in three years. The point is, whether you like it or not, people need access to preventative care, including checkups, cancer testing, birth control, STD testing and treatment, and more. If you take that away, what is it that you honestly expect to happen?
As the wise poet Zac de la Rocha once said; wake up!