U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth is under scrutiny for a post on her campaign Facebook page – but she’s standing by the controversial statement.
On Monday, Bosworth posted a plea for campaign contributions – alongside a graphic comparing Americans using government assistance to feed their families to animals in National Parks.
Matt Gassen, executive director of Feeding South Dakota, said Bosworth’s post was, in a word, “tasteless,” and he was troubled to see anyone putting this online. Gassen says the broad statement doesn’t go deep enough into a complicated issue.
“We’re talking about kids who are in situations that they have no control over,” he said. “You have seniors who have lived an entire life and they’ve worked hard and for whatever reason they’re in a situation where they’re living on Social Security and trying to make ends meet.”
But in a statement Bosworth sent to KSFY News today, she says she’s happy with the response to her post.
“If my posting has ruffled some feathers, then I am glad,” she said in her statement. “Too many politicians don’t want to discuss the tough issues. The food stamp program is meant to work as a band aid to stop hunger. But the program also has developed the unintended consequence of trapping families in poverty.”
Read Bosworth’s original online post and her full statement below.
South Dakota’s democratic leaders felt Bosworth’s post aligned with a trend they see in the Republican party.
“You have Republicans who are vilifying hard working people who are struggling to put food on the table for their kids every day,” Zach Crago, executive director of the South Dakota Democratic party, said.
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If my posting has ruffled some feathers then I am glad. Too many politicians don't want to discuss the tough issues. The food stamp program is meant to work as a band aid to stop hunger. But the program also has developed the unintended consequence of trapping families in poverty. We were taught in medical school the only way to cure someone is to treat the disease not the symptoms.
Hunger in America is a symptom of poverty. If we cure poverty we solve hunger. We cure poverty by creating more jobs and better education. We can debate how we go about creating more jobs and better education but no one can disagree with the idea that a society's perpetual dependence on food stamps is a good thing. The reason the left and the right are afraid of me is because I am saying what everyone is thinking.
Text of Bosworth's online posting:
Today's Lesson in Irony
The food stamp program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They proudly report that they distribute free meals and food stamps to over 46 million people on an annual basis.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, run by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us," Please do not feed the animals." Their stated reason for this police being that..
"The animals will grow dependent on the handouts, and then they will never learn to take care of themselves."