Gohmert denies Republicans are 'evil' for cutting food stamps, says poor people use food stamps to buy king crab legs

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) weighed in on the Farm Bill which would drastically cut food stamp benefits and said that it’s not “evil” of Republicans cutting the program which would which would largely impact working families with children.

gohmert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because the day ends in a Y, Gohmert said something mind boggling.

Raw Story reports:

On the other hand, Gohmert said, poor people were using food stamps to buy food that other Americans could not afford. He claimed his “broken-hearted” constituents had repeatedly told him they had seen people use food stamps to buy king crab legs.

Because he does pay income tax, he doesn’t get more back than he pays in, he is actually helping pay for king crab legs when he can’t pay for them for himself,” Gohmert explained.

“How can you begrudge somebody who feels that way,” he added. “How can you begrudge anyone who steps up on behalf of constituents who feel that way. We don’t want anyone to go hungry, and from the amount of obesity in this country by people who we’re told do not have enough to eat, it does seem like we could have a debate about this issue without allegations about wanting to slap down or starve children.”

Watch courtesy of Raw Story:

 

I think a food stamp challenge is in order here.  Certainly there will always be some people who abuse the system, much like there are Congressmen and women who abuse their power and we don’t cut their pay.

  • mattdl

    Food stamps are distributed with a card that looks indistinguishable from a credit or debit card. Gohmert is making his little anecdotal story up out of this air. Or, if we give him a big ol undeserved benefit of the doubt, his constituent is making it up and Gohmert is to too stupid to question it. Attacking the poor seems to be his favorite hobby.

    • Sandra Lee McMahon

      This is so true and it is going on in Georgia. The card is called EBT debit card. I, my self have been at a Sam’s Club and watched people come through line in front of me. They have Snow Crab Legs, big packs of Steaks, Ribs by the packages 3 or more several packs of Chicken, large Beef Roast and Pork Roast. Then all kind of frozen food snacks, candy, cakes, chips, cookies, Soft drinks and Birthday cakes and ice cream. I, have seen them have beer and wine in the buggy. When paying they have pulled out 5 or 6 cards to use. Then the beer and wine is ring up they pull out Hundred dollar bills to cover that. I, have also seen people buy large amounts of candy in boxes and pay for all of it with EBT cards. I, figure they must be buying them for stores and trade it for something of value that EBT does not cover. It can sure piss you off when you are retired and living on a budget after working all your life… Some body give me the word and I, will film it. Food should be given out at several locations, and if they don’t know how to cook have us to teach them it would be better for there kids healthy food. That’s the way it used to be and no one went hungry. This is a slap in the face of all of us who have worked to have what we do.

      • Jay

        Sandra you are a liar and not a very good one, if you are going to make up a story please make it at least plausible, As far as your contention that no one went hungry, there is no way you could know this, thus you are only making an assertion that you can’t prove, your offer to film it is just so much crap. I am retired and my wife and I are on FS and I can assure you that we do not buy the things you describe in your rant. Should I have planned better so I would not have to be on FS , yes I should have but that is past history, I don’t see why I or anyone else should go hungry because of this. I paid taxes for 65 years and have only been on FS for about 10 years. The only regret I have is that I did not plan better, I stress to y son the value of planning, too bad I did not have the foresight to plan better back in the day

      • glennisw

        Uh huh, Sandra. Why don’t you next tell us about the Cadillac cars they drove off in?

    • 301

      Did you get your EBT card yet?

      • mattdl

        It says quite a bit about you that your first response is to make an assumption and try and shame me. Great attitude you have towards your fellow Americans. You might want to pay a little more attention in church on Sunday.

        • E.A. Blair

          He probably gets his misinformation in church.

      • Cthulhu0818

        I have one. I’m a disabled veteran and former LEO. I get by on 1400 a month in disability, and I get a whopping $16 a MONTH to help support my 7 year old daughter and myself. $16 for a full month. That’s 4 dollars a week. You know what high dollar luxury item that goes to pay for?
        Milk.

      • Troll Killer

        Your class is really showing here. Keep it up fuzzball.

  • dawgsrbtr

    Just when you think no one can be stupider than Cruz this guy comes along

    • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

      And there’s always EW Jackson.

      • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla

        Bachmann

        • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

          Palin.

          • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla

            you know this could go on the better part of the day?

          • 301

            Hillary Clinton.

          • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

            Yay!

          • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla

            It could have, but you’ve been waaay too busy to play name the lowest IQ Republican….

          • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

            It’s just that there are so many to choose from.

          • Cthulhu0818

            And what does that say about the people who elect these idiots?

    • mononucleosis

      They’re in a tight race with Ms. Crazy from Minnesota.
      So little time, so many Crazy Republicans.

  • Gabby Parsons

    Since a pound of King Crab legs costs about $25.00, I seriously doubt people are using their 35 dollars a week on that. Louie is an idiot.

  • jericho

    What an embarrassment this guy is.

    Please don’t think that all Texans like Gohmert, or that all Texans are like Gohmert.

    • tiredoftea

      No thinking person does feel that way, but it’s tough!

    • blunderboy64

      then quit reelecting him and perry and fools like that and we outside of texas will stop believing all texans are like gohmert

  • tiredoftea

    THIRD STUPIDEST PERSON IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE!

    • cwazycajun

      is richard pearl one of the three

      • tiredoftea

        Personally, I think he’s a war criminal who should be indicted for crimes against humanity, along with all of his neo-con buddies who egged W into the Iraq war. But, if he’s your choice, go with it!

  • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

    “Some body give me the word and I, will film it.”

    Word. Film it.

    • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla

      I’m in too. My youngest son has a friend that is a shift supervisor at Costco. They specifically watch for this due to fraud/selling EBT cards and in the last year they’ve seen this once.

      • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

        Once out of so many customers, meaning, it’s in her head. If she films it, it will likely be Breitbarted.

        • rjcarter

          By which you mean it will make the news, and be 100% accurate?

          • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

            By which I mean the opposite of what you just wrote.

          • rjcarter

            Oh good. Because Sandra Lee McMahon is clearly a racist troll. I couldn’t imagine you thought a film from her would hold up to the unquestionable integrity of those that Andrew released.

          • http://FreakoutNation.com Anomaly 100

            Wow, I never would have imagined that she’s a racist troll! That never ever happens here. (wink wink)

            Also, there’s a reason they call deceptively edited films ‘Breitbarted’.

  • 301

    Louie is wrong. They use it to buy prescription drugs from pushers.

  • Cosmic_Surfer

    Yeah and all them poor folks driving Cadillacs all paid for by da Illuminati! And Ancient Aliens!
    ‘Cuz they are looking to kill god-fearin’ hard-working narcissists for their soylent green factories (that also spit out hundred dollar bills and EBT cards)
    Classism, racism, willful ignorance…and you worked so hard to make it all about you!

  • jericho

    The Repubs have gerrymandered the districts in Texas beyond recognition, and ever since the Ann Richards days the Dems haven’t had a decent money machine.

    They roll out a sacrificial lamb to run against Perry every time. Believe me, it’s hard to find people in TX who even profess to like Perry, especially after he made a fool of himself in his ’12 presidential run, but the a-hole keeps getting re-elected.

    • Randolph Graier

      I used to live right down the road from Ann Richards when I lived in Terrytown. Once she came up to me in my yard and complimented my chili garden. Another time I was in the grocery store, in the freezer section. As I was backing out of the freezer I accidentally stepped on someone’s toes who was standing behind me. It was Ann Richards again! She was very sweet and warm. We used to go to the same Thai place, and I would see her there, always in the same booth.
      And to think that Rove brutalized her in her last election, told the most hideous lies about her… I truly despise KKKarl Rove.

    • Betty Caron

      And Perry says he’s running for Potus in 2016. Lol

      • jericho

        Believe you me…not even a fraction of the dirt about Perry even started to come out last year.

  • mattdl

    To be eligible for the program, a family of four must have gross income of less than $2,300 per month and net income of less than $1,838.

  • mattdl

    The average food stamp benefit is $133 per person in 2010

  • normrichardson

    If Texas schools were better, I doubt that they would elect a jack ass quite this stupid. They need to stop teaching Fooyball&Religion.

  • MarcoZandrini

    “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” John Kennenth Galbraith

    • Le Hunt

      Thank you for that quote, Marco, it’s perfect for describing these ‘sloonies’ (a word I made up from the Russian word for slaver).

      • MarcoZandrini

        You’re welcome!

  • hepette

    gohmert has the brains of a neanderthal………..if repubs are trying to regroup…this is a piss poor way to do it

  • Troll Killer

    @gabbyparsons:disqus

    “Louie is an idiot” Saying he is a Repug and idiot is a redundancy in terms.

    He is a useful idiot to the GOP. Kinda like have a court jester perform and distract while the king’s men pick the pockets of the poor and unknowing.

    Him being an idiot is a feature, not a bug.

  • Saint_Augustine

    You have to admire Louie’s ability to put terabytes of bullshit out through a 4 bit processor.

  • Betty Caron

    That was an old meme he was using and totally made up bulls@#$.

  • dawgsrbtr

    Those so called King Crab legs would take care of food for a week. Guess they would have to starve for 6 days after that

  • Alan Batterman

    Have you ever heard of an Errand Service? Somebody carrying 6 cards may be shopping for 6 different people. And using cash or credit cards for others.

  • jokr8790

    Bringing back the myth of the “welfare queens” driving Cadillacs to the welfare office. You know what breaks my heart. Corporate welfare that uses their money to poison the food and water of the American people. Corporate welfare bums who use their money to throw people out of work in America so they can set up sweat shops overseas. It’s Ghomert. He’s the guy who pulled the delusion of “terror babies” completely out of his ass. Even the FBI said he was full of it.

  • jokr8790

    You are full of it Lady. Unless, you’re watching an elected official (or their maid) who’s used his position to get the EBT cards. My daughter’s on food stamps for herself and two children. They never cover for the month no matter how carefully she spends. It was reported a long time ago in the San Francisco Chronicle that when St. Ronny Raygun was Governor of California, he used to send his maid out with food stamps he obtained as Governor to buy food so he wouldn’t have to spend his own money on it.

    • jokr8790

      Everybody should click under Sandra’s name and check on some of her other statements. She’s a completely unrepentant racist.

  • lesser one with justice

    this guy apparently don’t have a heart at all, against food stamps for poor kids? What is wrong with these kinds of republican, i guess they are like communist or worst……….you can’t able to buy king crab legs because you spend money on your fancy houses and cars, etc………it’s not your business if the poor buy kings crab legs for just one time, it’s their freedom and i doubt the limited food stamps money could afford expensive king crab legs all the time. This guy is a total liar!!!! I hope jehovah rules the world, so the poor don’t need to get threatened by these kind of wicked politicians!