From the Kansas City Star
I'll admit it: I am posting a picture of this trailer that has been used as a bill board down in Bates County and its associated story to see what sort of comments it generates. Here's a link to the story in the Kansas City Star.
The short version is that this man set this trailer with this message on it next to highway 71 in Bates County, south of the Kansas City metro. Since he set it there, it has been set on fire twice and a building nearby has been burnt as well. The provocative message reads: Are you a producer or parasite. Democrats--party of parasites.
Let's have it, on either the sign or the reactions in the 588 comments (!!!) to the article on the web.
Me? Freedom of speech, baby. The folks who set his trailer and house on fire need to go to jail for arson. The comments? All good, as long as people remain reasonably civil to each other. We won't solve anything if we can't talk this out, this issue of other people's money and helping those who need it, and taking responsibility for our selves.
Update/9:45 PM/6/21: Somebody dug this up about the sign/trailer's owner: He took farm subsidies, $1 million worth. Boy, if you're going to have an opinion in public, you better be consistent. Looks a little bit hypocritical to be taking money from the government with this sign on your land. Comments are a flyin' already in the Star to the tune of 81 in less than 4 hours. Like many of the commenters on the article, it's hard for me not to wonder that someone who disagrees with the man worked very hard to find this data and present it in a manner damaging to this man and his message.