So who is Jason Greenslate? About a month ago, he was the focus of a Fox News report (Parts 1 and 2 are below) on Americans abusing food stamps. Greenslate is a 28-year-old California surfer Bro who doesn't have a job — he surfs and plays in a band — but also isn't really looking for one either. Because, ya know, “It’s free food; it’s awesome.”
This week Greenslate was interviewed by the Huffington Post in and effort the respond to his haters. Haters always be hatin' don't they? Fucking jerks.
According to Huff Po:
Fox distributed the clips to Capitol Hill offices, and Greenslate became Republicans' poster boy in their effort to cut nutrition spending. On Thursday evening, shortly before the House of Representatives voted to trim food stamps by 5 percent, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said, “You can no longer sit on your couch or ride a surfboard like Jason in California and expect the federal taxpayer to feed you.”
Greenslate, for his part, said he thinks it's stupid for Congress to legislate based on the Fox stories.
“I don't think that one person should be the decision for 47 million people,” Greenslate told HuffPost after Thursday's vote.
Greenslate said he's not lazy, putting more than 40 hours per week into his band, Ratt Life, which has an album coming out in six weeks. He said Fox found him through a friend. He cooperated with three days of the network's filming in hopes his band could win some publicity. It won him some local media attention, he said, but also an interview with a local prosecutor who wondered if Greenslate had broken any laws (he apparently hasn't).
“I do work,” Greenslate said. “I'm just not making any money. I'm setting up a career for myself.”
In a follow-up email, Greenslate lamented that Fox had portrayed him as a beach bum. “I don't feel like a bum,” he said. “I pull hot chicks, drive nice cars, dress nice and wear the most baddest jewelry in the world.”
I agree with Greenslate that he should not be the face of every person living on food stamps, a lot of people really need it, but some people…I mean, some fucking people just don't get how life works. Jason Greenslate happens to be one of them.
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