NY Teapartier Candidate: House Dirty People on Welfare in Prisons
August 21, 2010
(ChattahBox)—During tough economic times, politicians are more than happy to offer up a powerless scapegoat to blame for our nation’s ills. And Republicans reverting to divisive social wedge issues, have already scapegoated undocumented immigrants, “anchor babies,” “terror babies” and Islam. But Carl Paladino, a candidate seeking the Republican nomination for governor of New York, is taking it old school, by demonizing poor people on welfare. Remember Ronald Reagen’s welfare queens? Well, ol’ Carl plans to house welfare recipients in prisons to teach them how to keep themselves clean and put them to work.
Paladino, a wealthy real estate developer from the Buffalo area, was last in the news when he sent out a “joke” racist email, also containing bestiality porn.
“He made his controversial remarks about people on welfare, during an interview with the Associated Press. And he was dead serious. Paladino proposes converting the state’s empty prisons into welfare dormitories, wherein the poor would be put to work on public works projects, while benefiting from hot and cold running water, in lieu of welfare benefits.
On his campaign website, Paladino proposes cutting public assistance, as well as imposing a year-long residency requirement.
“Today, non-New Yorkers ride the backs of our taxpayers; they move here and lay down on our welfare rolls immediately. No longer. As Governor Carl Paladino will require a minimum one-year residency in New York before someone is eligible for Medicaid and welfare benefits. And he’ll cut wasteful Medicaid options that make ours the most expensive in the nation – and save New Yorkers $10 billion annually.”
At a time of economic distress and unemployment hovering around 10 percent, Paladino decides to attack the the poor and unemployed, suggesting they are dirty and lazy.