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Sunday, August 22, 2010
Idiot Of The Day - Carl Paladino - Poor Should Be Placed In Prison Dorms And Take Hygiene Classes
Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino said he would transform some New York prisons into dormitories for welfare recipients, where they could work in state-sponsored jobs, get employment training and take lessons in "personal hygiene."
Paladino, a wealthy Buffalo real estate developer popular with many tea party activists, isn't saying the state should jail poor people: The program would be voluntary.
But the suggestion that poor families would be better off in remote institutions, rather than among friends and family in their own neighborhoods, struck some anti-poverty activists as insulting - as it should.
Carl, while you are at it, let them eat cake too!
Throughout his campaign, Paladino has criticized New York's rich menu of social service benefits, which he says encourages illegal immigrants and needy people to live in the state. He has promised a 20 percent reduction in the state budget and a 10 percent income tax cut if elected.
Carl is rich. Of course he wants cuts in taxes. And what does he care about social services? He is just like Sharon Angle, the poor are poor because we coddle them too much. Why work when you can barely get by and watch as your kids go hungry. So much easier.
Ketny Jean-Francois, a former welfare recipient and a New York City advocate for low-income people, said Paladino's idea shocked her.
"Being poor is not a crime," she said. "People are on welfare for many reasons ... Is he saying people are poor because they don't have any hygiene or any skills?"