Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) has a novel idea for the homelessness crisis: Feed them to the wolves. Saving an endangered species while ridding our nation’s cities of unsightly homeless people? In Republican America, apparently, that’s a win-win.
Huffington Post reports Young came up with this brilliant idea during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing during a heated argument with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Of course he wants gray wolves removed from the endangered species list, because freedom. (???)
Young declared that the gray wolf is a “predator” and sneered:
“How many of you have got wolves in your district? None. None. Not one.”
Because, how dare liberal lawmakers with no wolves in their district demand a say in protecting our nation’s shared natural resources:
“We’ve got 79 congressmen sending you a letter, they haven’t got a damn wolf in their whole district.
You want wolves? Young’s got wolves:
“I’d like to introduce them in your district. If I introduced them in your district, you wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.”
The word, hypocrite, comes quickly to mind here. Rep Young criticizes his colleagues for protecting grey wolves while they don't actually have any grey wolves in their districts, and then proceeds to tell them how to get rid of their homeless problem, while he doesn't have a homeless problem - not because of the wolves, but because Alaska is too cold for homeless people to survive. That's hypocrisy at it's best.
This is the same guy who called suicide a “disease” caused by welfare handouts … while speaking to to high school students whose classmate had just killed himself.
Both Republicans and Democrats stick their feet in their mouths sometimes. But why do all the really mean-spirited gaffes always seem to come from Republicans?
Perhaps there's a particularly weak political gene-pool in Alaska. I certainly hope Mr Young does not profess to be a Christian:
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Here’s the video with Don Young suggesting we feed homeless people to the wolves.