Rep. Adrian Smith: ‘Not Sure Everyone’s Entitled to Breathe, Occupy Space’

Smith: Guess you’re not lucky

Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) in an NPR interview this morning refused to say whether everyone in the United States is entitled to eat food, drink water, occupy space, and breathe air.

"People are given bootstraps for a reason," Smith told NPR's Scott Simon in an interview about federal budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration. "If we're not willing to pull ourselves up by them, why do we have them? Why do we have these bootstraps?"

"Not everyone is born with bootstraps," Simon said. "We have people who are born into poverty who don't get adequate nutrition, don't have heat in the winter . . . ."

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Under the Trump proposal, released in detail last week, supplemental food assistance for the poor, also known as food stamps, would be cut by about $190 billion over 10 years, leaving millions of people facing the possibility of not having adequate nutrition to lead healthy lives. “Food is something we all need,” said Simon. “At a minimum, is each of us entitled to eat?”

“Is each of us entitled to breathe?” asked Smith. “Right now we can all https://www.amazon.com/GREEN-CAMELTOE-COTTON-WOMANS-BOTTOM/dp/B01FQNCRGA/ref=as_li_ss_il?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=TPGJQCW1C4RYD535NBDM&linkCode=li2&tag=daily031-20&linkId=e04a44c0a3a85f4f15c698b62ed16efcbreathe, because air is a renewable resource, so if you want to breathe, I’m not going to stop you. That’s not to say you’re entitled to breathe, just like you’re not entitled to occupy space. Who gave you that right? There’s only so much space in the United States. If you’re occupying a space, that means that space isn’t available to someone else, maybe someone who’s more deserving. Is that fair? Sure, maybe we could annex Canada and increase how much space we have in the United States. But Canada is cold. It’s full of snow and ice. Occupying a couple feet of space in Canada is not the same as occupying a couple feet of space in Florida. Maybe you can occupy Canadian space but I wouldn’t try occupying Floridian space unless you bring cash or have a good pre-qualfication letter from a mortgage lender, especially if you’re looking to occupy something near a beach. Maybe you can occupy a few feet in Nevada? Ninety percent of the state is empty. You can have all the air you want, too. And it’s dry air.”

Smith, who represents the 3rd district in Nebraska, said he wishes he didn’t have a girl’s name.

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