State Attorney General Jon Bruning regrets comparing welfare recipients to raccoons during a weekend speech in campaigning for the Republican Senate nomination, an aide said. …. Mr. Bruning made the comment while criticizing endangered species regulations. He said biologists placed buckets with rat carcasses along a road to capture burying beetles, an endangered species, so they could release them elsewhere, but raccoons ate the beetles out of the bucket. “They’re not stupid,” Mr. Bruning said. “They’re going to do the easy way, if we make it easy for them, just like welfare recipients all across America. If we don’t incent them to work, they’re going to take the easy route.”–NYTimes
There’s no question, though, that his election would add diversity and upgrade the quality of the US Senate, introducing an expert in rat carcasses to the entrenched collection of horses’ asses.