Washington, D.C. is no stranger to wild acrobatics when it comes to finding funding for things they want—but Congressman Steve King (R – Iowa) is coming up with some pretty extreme ideas when it comes to funding President Donald J. Trump’s signature border wall.
According to King, Congress should use money from the national food stamp budget and Planned Parenthood funding to pay for Trump’s wall, which experts say is doomed to fail before construction is complete.
In early July, the House Appropriations Committee released its homeland security bill, and it included the full $1.6 billion that the Office of Management and Budget required to begin construction on the wall. King, though, wants to more than triple what American taxpayers are spending on it.
When CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked King whether he was comfortable providing $1.6 billion in American taxpayer money to build the wall, he said, “Absolutely, yes and more. And I’d throw another $5 billion on the pile and I would find half a billion of that from right out of Planned Parenthood’s budget. And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people who haven’t worked in three generations.”
King says that the number of Americans on food stamps is ludicrous at more than 40 million, which works out to be about 12 percent of the population. Nearly two-thirds of the Americans who receive food stamp benefits are children, the elderly, or are disabled, and the average household income of families receiving the benefit have an income of less than $10,000 per year. The White House budget proposal cuts more than $193 billion in funding for food stamps as it is.
King feels that fat people don’t need food stamps—literally.
“We built the programs because to solve the problem of malnutrition in America. Now we have a problem of obesity. When you match up the EBT card with what the scales say on some of the folks, I think it’s worth looking at,” King said. (Never mind the fact that obesity isn’t always caused by overeating, but by eating heavily processed foods… and those foods are cheaper and more available to people who receive benefits.)
What Do You Think?
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