Over the course of his Capitol Hill career, which will sadly end next year, Rep. John Kline, Minnesota's Most Reprehensible Congressman (TM), has been a self-styled superhero for the people.
Now Kline wants to employ that kind of bold thinking on another topic threatening our liberty: poor folks.
Kline has been plucked by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to staff a new GOP task force on poverty. Its goal: "Strengthen our safety net and reform educational programs to make them more effective and accountable, help people move from welfare to work, and empower productive lives."
Translation: Ryan wants the Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility task force to find inventive new ways to screw poor people.
Kline's record shows he's wildly unqualified for the post. He's consistently voted to keep women — often poor, young, or both — from having abortions. Compound that with his vote against raising the minimum wage from $7.25.
Paid overtime for working moms? Kline also worked against that, playing point man last July in ripping President Obama's plan that would qualify millions of women making less than $24,000 for overtime pay.
He's against providing better access to Section 8 Housing vouchers and voted no dice to giving federal employees four weeks of paid parental leave.
When Congress asked Kline what he thought about ponying up an extra $10 billion for schools and housing projects for the poor, Kline said no mas. When public schools asked for $40 billion to build greener, healthier classrooms a few years before, he also voted no.
But Kline does have one thing in common with the 46 million Americans currently living below the federal poverty line. He's about $410,000 in debt, according to Roll Call.