NY Tea Party Favorite Demeans the Poor, Calls for Warehousing Welfare Recipients

And in keeping with two common themes — the lunacy of the Tea Party set, and the persistent attempt by the right to dehumanize and demean the poor — now comes NY Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino’s suggestion that the state should turn some prisons into dorms for welfare recipients. There, he says, they could be made to work and taught how to bathe, among other things. Aside from the economic illiteracy that allows a person to believe welfare recipients are there by choice, the degrading rhetoric — implying that the poor are pathologically dysfunctional and lack even basic hygiene — is unbecoming of a candidate for public office. Sadly, his is no doubt the mainstream view still, among most Americans.


11 Responses to “NY Tea Party Favorite Demeans the Poor, Calls for Warehousing Welfare Recipients”

  1. Does he not know that poor people may also be able to VOTE if they are registered? He must think that “poor and on welfare” means completely unaware and silent, along with dysfunctional and unclean.

    This crap goes beyond bigoted—it shows a level of stupidity that Glenn Beck and Sharron Angle would be proud of. I think a massive anti-Paladino campaign leading up to Election Day would be in order.

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  2. We already did this. There used to be debtor’s prisons where the poor would be forced to go. Those didn’t work either. Better to have honest job training and creation, better educational opportunities and a real HONEST dialogue about the exigencies of poverty. Thanks Tim, for maintaining a strong presence on the front line of this and the racial discourse.

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  3. Sounds like the beginning of a re-gentrification process to me. Let’s move the disease of poverty of sight of course living in a prison facility is nicer than what they have. Seriously can we make the CEOs that receive corporate welfare live in these prison settings while they pay back their debt to the American people. The truth is if we stay focused on blaming the poor for robbing America,we don’t acknowledge that many Americans are a paycheck away from the poor house. And we don’t focus on big corporations (with CEOs getting paid the MegaBall Winnings every year)that do their fare share of robbing the American people.

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  4. Ebenezer: Why? Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?

    Portly Gentleman: Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.

    Ebenezer: If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.

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  5. My family was helped by the food stamp program for 18 mons when my husband’s job cut all their employee’s hours. There was not enough contracted work in a slow economy, many of his co-workers qualified for help during this time too. We have a house, have been paying the mortgage on it for a dozen years, should we have been forced to move out of our home to live in this prison? What a crazy idiot this guy is to even suggest it!
    BTW- My family all take baths, daily. You could get a wiff of us walking by, and never guess we were among the ‘dirty poor’.

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  6. “NY Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino’s suggestion that the state should turn some prisons into dorms for welfare recipients.”

    Is he talking about the ones who are causing the need for welfare like deadbeat fathers?

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  7. The candidate`s plan involves a fair amount of govenment intervention. I thought that tea party gang hated big government. Thus we see their hypocrisy. They want no big government for them — the good white people. Everybody else gets big government.

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  8. This guy is also running on a campaign promising to use eminent domain to stop the building of Park51, ignoring the fact that such practice is illegal or knowing the fact and ignoring it anyway to pander to bigots.

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  9. Yeah, the irony of using government intervention to punish recipients of government intervention is palpable.

    Oh, and yeah, but folks like him and his corporate backers and masters have plenty of welfare goin’ their way…

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  10. The comments shouldn’t surprise anybody too much as Paladino lives in his own world. In Paladino’s world everyone is born with a silver spoon in their mouth, everyone goes to a properly funded school, everyone has the money and the opportunity to go to college, and everyone doesn’t have to worry about food or getting sick or running out of money or unemployment. Its the workings of the Protestant Work Ethic at its finest. So of course he’s going to be insensitive to the plight of the poor since he doesn’t know what its like to be poor.

    This is also one reason why health reform is such a long and dragged out process. Sure some politicians may have an idea how serious of an issue it is, but for the most part, a lot of these folks don’t know what its like to have inadequate health coverage, much less no health coverage at all. In their little world, there’s no worry about getting treatment because they have the means to pay for it either out of pocket or through good health coverage. They don’t truly understand what its like to be working class or middle class or for that matter a person of color. They don’t truly understand what it means to have to work so hard to get what you need and even at times you still may not get it.

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  11. Danny: While this is overwhelmingly true, one does see politicians and CEOs who worked themselves up by their bootstraps who have the same insensitivity. It’s structural, not personal…

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