There is a lot of talk about economic “safety nets” these days, but according to Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), what liberals really mean by that is “hammock.”

“Conservatives believe that every person who comes to America or is born here, they have a ladder that they are given as their birthright,” he said in an interview with The Atlas Society released on Wednesday.

“Sometimes you fall off of that ladder, but we believe that there is a safety net that is there, and that safety net is to catch you and get you to bounce back up and continue to climb on the ladder,” he explained. “But liberals tend to believe that the safety net is a hammock, so you can stay there the rest of your life.”

In the interview, the Tea Party favorite also gave his philosophy for letting frequent criticism roll off his back: “I get criticized for a lot of things, but that does not bother me one bit because as they say in the military, you only take flack if you are over the target.”

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