Welcome to our newest Health and Human Services Committee member!

Andy Birkey at MN Indy gives us a bit of background on the newest member of the Health and Human Services Committee, and it’s more than a little bit American Voices from The Onion.  Rep. Glen Gruenhagen, who now sits on the committee that deals with our government run welfare programs once said this about government run welfare programs:

“Government run welfare programs are little more than a government subsidized prostitution program paying extra money to women who have children out of wedlock,” he wrote. “This has contributed to over a 70% out of wedlock birth rate for Americans with an African heritage. Also, welfare provides financial support to able bodied men instead of incentives for an honest days [sic] work.”

Additionally, he refers to pro-choicers as “pro-death abortion crowd” and sums up his assertion that alcoholism is not a disease and has no genetic basis, despite what those know-nothing scientists have to say, with, “By the way, you won’t get a DWI for driving with cancer.”  Oof. I won’t even get into “sodomy as an orientation.”

6 thoughts on “Welcome to our newest Health and Human Services Committee member!

  1. Cat

    It’s “medical science” when he wants support for his argument and then becomes an “agenda” when it doesn’t. 
    And why do we continue to give voice to those who spout nothing but inaccuracies and prejudice? The false statistic that he uses gives those who share his views more false talking points. 
    I’m all for differing world views, but do we have to continually allow people like Gruenhagen a forum to offer up their hate? It’s getting a bit ridiculous. 

  2. noodleman

    Funny thing … Growing up, I dont’ recall ever hearing of sodomy until I heard someone speak out against it. (Sodom, the city, yes, but those details were never discussed in church school.) If only they’d kept their mouth shut (which, actually, would inhibit one kind of sodomy), I might still be sodomically ignorant today. Thanks for poisoning my young, impressionable mind, Mrs. Anti-Sodomite!

  3. Cat

    @Rat. Not really. There is district responsibility, but he’s now on the HHS committee that makes decisions that affect Minnesotans, not just those in his district. 
    The guy clearly wants to promote and politicize his intolerance of those different from him.Because there are so many “Americans with an African heritage…” living in his district. 
    Yeah, the problem is larger than what I really want to get into.

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