The new Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus spoke at a panel hosted by Tavis Smiley at George Washington University Thursday night. During the panel, she called Republicans who dared to cut food stamps some “evil.” And that wasn’t all:
In a George Washington University panel discussion on poverty hosted by PBS’s Tavis Smiley, Fudge expressed her disappointment with colleagues who voted to cut food stamps by $16.5 billion over the next 10 years.
“These same people believe if you do not work, you are lazy,” Fudge told the symposium, which was aired on C-SPAN. “These same people believe that if your children don’t get a good education, something is wrong with you. These are the craziest people I have seen in my life. Just absolute nuts.
“These people are evil and mean. They care nothing about anybody but themselves. And so, if you think you are going to have anything bipartisan, you need to think again. It is not happening.”
If you don’t work, and you can, but you allow someone else to provide for you, what does that make you?
I’d say it makes you lazy. Do it long enough and it’s all you know. Then, you’ve gone from being lazy to being a dependent.
And what does it make the person who is forced by the government to provide for you?
Well, what do you call a person who works and has the fruit of his labor taken from him against his will?
A subject? A slave?
But we’re the evil ones because we don’t want to create a dependent mindset in America.
We’re evil because we don’t want to turn a nation of once free people into a nation of subjects, who slave away all day, giving according to their ability so others can have according to their need.
And then, there’s the money line:
“They don’t understand that the government’s job is to take care of its people.”
A thousand times wrong.
I’ll take care of myself. I’ll feed my children.
I need to government to protect my rights so I can, and otherwise stay out of my way.
Luckily, it seems Fudge’s words didn’t go unopposed. Speaker Newt Gingrich was on the panel and challenged Fudge to expand the discussion:
Suggesting that real dialogues take longer than the amount of time allotted for Thursday night’s panel, Gingrich offered to match members of the Congressional Black Caucus with Republican members of Congress, and have each spend three days in the others’ district.
“Those six days will lead to a conversation that will both help us move back towards a little bit of healthy bipartisanship and help each side have a slightly different understanding and maybe start to create some friendships from which we could actually begin to rebuild the ability to govern this country,” Gingrich told Fudge.
“If you can make it work, I’m in,” Fudge replied. “If you can get your side to do it, I’m in.”
I’m guessing that whatever time and day Newt can arrange, every Democrat is busy. Every time.
I hope I’m wrong, but I’m guessing I’m not.
Here’s the entire panel, courtesy of CSPAN’s video library.