MNGOP Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen: Gov't is paying minority men to impregnate women [VIDEO]
Gruenhagen: "We tell men that they can impregnate as many women as they want and the government will pick up the tab."
During a debate earlier this week about the proposed Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, steered the discussion in a very different and racially charged direction.
Gruenhagen -- the same meathead who made headlines last week for characterizing homosexuality as a mental illness -- went into a rant about "the black family" and the alleged subsidies government provides for promiscuous minorities to have children out of wedlock.
Here's a transcription of Gruenhagen's comments (the raw video is embedded further below):
When a country undermines traditional marriage, it cannot print up enough money to take care of all the problems that happen in our society. And we need to look no further than our welfare program and the black family in this country. Prior to the Great Society programs of the '60s, the out-of-wedlock birth [rate] among black families, was under 20 percent. Today, in the inner city, the out-of-wedlock birth for black families is over 80 percent. And one of the primary reasons for that is we have developed government programs that will pick up the tab for having children out of wedlock.
The result is we exploit our women, we create a bad situation for our children -- especially minorities -- and we tell men that they can impregnate as many women as they want and the government will pick up the tab. I think we need to stop that philosophy, not expand it, with the credit and the Health Insurance Exchange.
Those preposterous remarks prompted a quick and pointed reply from Rep. Tina Liebling, D-Rochester. Here's what she said:
I think we're pretty far afield here from the bill and even from the amendment, with some of the comments that have been made. But I just think it's really important to correct the record in one respect. First of all, in Minnesota right now, when people are in our Minnesota Family Investment Program -- what a lot of people like to call welfare -- and they have an additional child, they don't get any more money. They don't get any more money. And what they do get is very, very low.
So we have a welfare program that does not incentivize anybody to be on welfare. No rational person would want to be on welfare with what they get here, and they certainly are not incentivized to have any additional children.
Here, via the Uptake, is video of both Gruenhagen's comments and Liebling's reply:
The exchange is more evidence of a point we had occasion to make in another one of today's posts. If you're a man -- especially one that happens to be a Republican elected official -- think twice before speaking publicly about anything having to do in any way shape or form with sex. Because chances are, if you let it rip, you're going to come across as an out-of-touch and prejudiced idiot.
-- h/t -- Michael McIntee --
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