Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Culture Of Life Alert

Here’s a typically whacked out Republican policy solution to poverty:
LaBruzzo: Sterilization plan fights poverty

Tying poor women's tubes could help taxpayers, legislator says

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
By Mark Waller

Worried that welfare costs are rising as the number of taxpayers declines, state Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, said Tuesday he is studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to have their Fallopian tubes tied.

"We're on a train headed to the future and there's a bridge out," LaBruzzo said of what he suspects are dangerous demographic trends. "And nobody wants to talk about it."

LaBruzzo said he worries that people receiving government aid such as food stamps and publicly subsidized housing are reproducing at a faster rate than more affluent, better-educated people who presumably pay more tax revenue to the government. He said he is gathering statistics now.

Wow. Did I mention this clown is a Republican? Or is that self-evident?

So the problem is simply that poor women are having too many babies, huh? And they need to be sterilized? And if wealthier women pop out the kiddies we will magically breed a new generation of wealthy individuals because we all know that wealth is a genetic trait. So much for the self-made man (or woman).

Well I'm sure that's how it looks from the country club, eh?

LaBruzzo says he’s studying “any and all possibilities” to reduce “generational welfare.” Of course, stopping the cycle of welfare is a big issue. But it sounds to me like LaBruzzo needs to spend a little time looking at the causes of this problem. It’s a little more complicated than just “those poor people are breeding too much.”

Here’s a deep thought: how come people who don’t believe in evolution nonetheless try to apply evolutionary principles to social and economic problems?

Just wondering.