Sunday, August 22, 2010

Republican Calls For Putting Unemployed In Jail And Teaching Them Hygiene

I don't know which is worst here, the idea espoused by the politician quoted in the article, or the comments made by the people following the article.

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."

I'm really not sure what he means by taking lessons in personal hygiene. A lot of the people I know that are out of work are lawyers and secretaries that have been recently laid off from big firms that are downsizing. I don't see any need for them to be taken from their families and housed in a jail, retrained (for god's sake, retrain the lawyers who went to school HOW LONG just to be trained in the first place), or learn hygiene! This is so ludicrous. The Republican party as a whole now, has started this meme of demonizing the unemployed, to the point now we are talking about hygiene? As if anyone who suffered the misfortune of losing their job, automatically is dirty and needs to learn how to be clean?

The dialogue between the haves and the have nots is getting sicker by the day. The haves, who are supposed to be the ones opening up the facilities and creating the private sector jobs, are instead, hoarding their wealth and, indeed, firing more people to keep their profit margin and their wealth, thus continuing the downward spiral of unemployment. And let's not forget that many of the haves are also using the system to their own advantage (um, how about those two prominent Florida Republicans who walked away from their shared home and let it be foreclosed upon rather than make the payments - something we all know those haves were capable of doing - but just like all real estate these days, it was upside down, so they just walked) while blasting those have nots for doing the same thing.

What part of this man's brain came up with this idea, and who the fuck would actually think it a humane idea? "Sorry, son, daddy lost his job and has to go to jail now, because I have to learn how to take a shower and clean my clothes."

Stupid, stupid, stupid - and these are our up and coming "leaders" of America. God help us all as the insane start running the asylum.

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