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Are There No Poor Houses? Paladino says “You Betcha!”

7:25 am in Uncategorized by TobyWollin

Carl Paladino, Buffalo real estate developer and Republican candidate for New York State governor, wants to turn New York State prisons into housing for welfare recipients. Prison dorms.

Paladino ".. has promised a 20 percent reduction in the state budget and a 10 percent income tax cut if elected."

Asked at the meeting how he would achieve those savings, Paladino laid out several plans that included converting underused state prisons into centers that would house welfare recipients. There, they would work for the state — “military service, in some cases park service, in other cases public works service,” he said — while prison guards would be retrained to work as counselors.

Instead of handing out the welfare checks, we’ll teach people how to earn their check. We’ll teach them personal hygiene … the personal things they don’t get when they come from dysfunctional homes.

PERSONAL HYGIENE?

Now, Paladino says that none of this would be compulsory – the poor would be going into this ‘housing’ on a voluntary basis.

In Dickens’ time, these were called – work houses.

Charlie, Charlie…you must be whirling in your grave these days….

Mark Foley as Exhibit No. 1 on Republican Delusional Thinking

5:45 am in Uncategorized by TobyWollin

Some people noted in 2006 that the reason that Democrats did so well in Congressional elections was due to Mark Foley. Now, Foley was not alone; there is strong evidence that other high ranking Republicans such as Dennis Hastert turned a blind eye to what Foley was doing, even when interns complained.

And IMHO, THAT was the big thing that stuck in a lot of the craws of voters that fall.

On the other side, two years later, it certainly seems as if delusional thinking and behavior is still wide-ranging among Republicans(and Foley’s Democratic replacement seems to have caught the disease as well) and Foley seems to communicate that, even given what happened to him as a result…

“Foley insists he did nothing illegal and never had sexual contact with teens, just inappropriate Internet conversations. Investigations by the FBI and Florida authorities ended without criminal charges.
And while he concedes his behavior was "extraordinarily stupid," he remains somewhat unwilling to accept full public scorn.
These were 17-year-olds, just months from being men, he insists.
"There was never anywhere in those conversations where someone said, ‘Stop,’ or ‘I’m not enjoying this,’ or ‘This is inappropriate…”

Foley Comments on his interactions with congressional interns

Excuse me, Mark – Read the rest of this entry →