Need more evidence that Republicans in the Montana House of Representatives are total whack jobs? Read this letter in which a House Republican mocks single mothers and hungry kids and tells his tenants they should die sooner.
This month, Dave Hagstrom (R-Billings) sent his tenants one of the most bizarre and distrubing letters you might ever read. Hagstrom works for the Affordable Housing Development in Billings.
In a lengthy letter (that is very much worth reading and can be found HERE), Hagstrom tells his tenants – you know, the people who pay him rent every month – that they are living “a fairly-tale life-style.” What “fairly-tale” means remains a mystery. Maybe Hagstrom meant to write “fairy-tale.”
The letter then gets extremely bizarre and mildly creepy when Hagstrom writes, “I feel it would not be loving of me not warn you about” the impending social crises facing Montana.
Hagstom contends that the root of all our problems “is a very bad practice” of providing “free healthcare services at Riverstone Health, more money for food in schools for the kids, more money to help pregnant single moms stop smoking, more money to help elderly people get out of nursing homes and get individualized care in their own homes, etc.”
If that weren’t enough, the Representative from Billings goes on to mock single mothers. The government “creates a mindset that if I have kids and their dads are dead-beats, the government should buy my groceries and help me get a job while they provide day-care for my kids and send me to school to educate me so I can get a better job.”
You literally can’t make this stuff up. For good measure, Hagstrom also mocks school programs that feed hungry kids.
In Hagstrom’s closing, he makes five recommendations to his tenants. The first is the most notable and disturbing. He recommends that “you accept that not everyone, including yourself, needs to live as long as they currently do, or as ‘comfortably’ as they currently do.”
That’s right. Go and die as soon as possible.
UPDATE: Hagstrom was also one of three legislators to vote against assisting veterans returning home with affordable housing. This from the man who works for the Affordable Housing Development in Billings.
UPDATE 2: The Helena Vigilante has now picked up the story.