Congressman Glenn Grothman Wants Us to Spy on Food Stamp Users

Mr. Grothman goes to Washington, won't stop talking.

Mr. Grothman goes to Washington, won't stop talking.

Media starling Glenn Grothman, a freshman Republican Congressman from Wisconsin, has struck again.

During a town hall in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Friday, Grothman warned constituents to keep an eye on food stamp users in grocery stores because he suspects a ton of them aren't actually poor.

"I would argue some people are arranging their life to be on Food Share. You just look at them and kind of wonder," Grothman said.

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Welfare recipients acting above their station have always been a pet peeve for Grothman. His recent comments reflect a 2004 op-ed in which he called for an overhaul of food stamps because many people who use them "do not act as if they are genuinely poor" -- that is, they buy high quality food instead of moldy bread and discount cheese per reasonable expectations.

Also, food stamp recipients are more likely to be fat, Grothman wrote, so that's a clear reason to restrict purchases. He included a useful reminder that poor kids are frequently eligible for free lunches at school, so it's not like they'll starve to death.

On other political issues, Grothman is a goldmine for delightful ideas. He's a strong wingman for Gov. Scott Walker's campaigns to defund education incentives, and has urged teachers to ban talk of homosexuality because it furthers the gay agenda. He hates the made-up holiday of Kwanzaa and thinks taking time off work is goofy.

"In Wisconsin, you're not supposed to work seven days in a row, which is a little ridiculous because all sorts of people want to work seven days a week," Grothman complained to the Huffington Post last January.

We think Grothman needs to take time off and make some friends. He chooses not to have a wife or kids, which is actually pretty smart because everyone knows "in the long run, a lot of women like to stay at home and have their husbands be the primary breadwinner," he once said at a tea party rally.

Someone roll this guy a joint.

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