Rep. West Has No Sympathy For Blind Woman On Food Stamps: "Stop Creating Victims"

April 01, 2011 9:49 am ET — Julia Krieger

Yesterday afternoon at the "Continuing Revolution Rally" on Capitol Hill, Political Correction asked Rep. Allen West (R-FL) about the consequences of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's rule freeze, which a blind woman is now contesting in court, saying it impedes her ability to apply for food stamps. West said that "there comes a point where you have to stop creating victims in the United States of America and start empowering people."

PC: What about cutting the ability to get food stamps for blind people?

WEST: Well, you know, there comes a point where you have to stop creating victims in the United States of America and start empowering people. Also remember that the person that did welfare reform was a Democrat.

PC: So you think that the woman who was blind in Florida and couldn't get food stamps is a victim—

WEST: I didn't ask you that. I didn't say anything—so stop trying to create a situation for me to—that you can demonize me later.

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On Wednesday, the St. Petersburg Times reported that a blind woman had filed suit to challenge the constitutionality of Gov. Scott's freeze order, which is blocking the passage of a rule that would allow her to apply for food stamps without assistance.

Rosalie Whiley, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, said one of the stalled rules will make it easier for her to apply for food stamps online. She wants the executive order revoked. "Because of my visual handicap, I have to get someone to come in and put in information for me online. I feel like it's important for me to do it by myself," said Whiley, 54, who lost her vision due to glaucoma, which she has suffered with since age 16.

In other words, while West thinks society should "stop creating victims" and "start empowering people," the rule-making freeze prevents this woman from empowering herself.             

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