Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Powers: don't UA test my family

Anyone wondering why some members of the South Dakota Republican Party are lobbying to defeat House Bill 1076 only needs to read Pat Powers' screed in the state's two biggest newspapers.

Powers and his brood have been on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for decades. Several of his kids are autistic and being treated with cannabis. His wife suffers from migraines. Both she and Powers endure acute knee and back pain and are dependent on opioids. Little wonder he doesn't want them or himself to be tested.

Betty Olson and her husband Reuben received over $222,000 in federal welfare. She has been writing for years in the Grand River Roundup that Reub suffers from knee pain and has become dependent on opioids.
Maybe the thing to do is actually to expand what HB 1076 seeks to do. Consider, for a moment, that HB 1076 specifically names a U.S. Department of Agriculture program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, as one area to focus on. But that is only a portion of the federal aid that is transferred from the taxpayer via USDA to recipients around the country. Perhaps our Legislature should consider amending this bill to add all South Dakota recipients of money through USDA programs. They can do their drug tests at the same time they sign up for crop insurance subsidies and the like, and not only farmers and ranchers, but crop insurance agents can be tested.
Read the rest here.

Morbidly obese Powers believes letting teens get skin cancer is okay and that usury is a divine right. His family receives financial assistance from St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings and from the Knights of Columbus.

Powers is all about capital punishment, too. Schadenfreude is his stock-in-trade.

He has long been banned from this and other South Dakota related sites because of a continual stream of bigotry, misogyny and other hate speech.

Want federal welfare, Pat? Have your kids and wife pee in a cup.

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