This is one of the ugliest things I’ve ever read. Ever.
Via Media Matters, here’s Mister Brion McClanahan, writing for The Daily Caller, fantasizing about humiliating and shaming recipients of food stamps.
My reform measures might seem draconian to some (and the antithesis of the free market), but they would hopefully have the desired result of reducing food stamp rolls so we could eventually eliminate the program and let the states handle the issue. Before accepting food stamps, people would have to carefully consider whether they want to face the loss of voting privileges, the humiliation of shopping at government stores and using government food, the inability to smoke or do drugs and the added inconvenience of having to make two or three stops for their groceries should they choose to buy snacks with their own money. Plus, tax producers would no longer have to knowingly be face to face with people at the check-out who are on government assistance but have nicer cell phones and accessories than they do.
The full piece can be found here. It goes far beyond your typical “welfare queens with xboxes and microwaves” nonense to forcing poor people to wear items of flair on their chests for being poor.
It could be summarized in this final quote from the piece.
There should be humiliation and pain in government assistance. Every time someone accepts food stamps, they are spitting on the principles of independence, and they, not the taxpayers who fund the program, should be reminded of that fact.
The use of the phrase “tax producers” in this context makes me noticeably, violently angry.