We all know that the GOP has no use or tolerance for the less fortunate, but seldom do they admit it, usually they claim that they are the ones who have true compassion for them and want to “give them a hand-up” while progressives want to “give them a handout.”
Republican John Johnston, who challenged incumbent Representative Chuck Moseley (D) in an unsuccessful bid to unseat him in the Indiana legislature last year doesn’t believe in sugar-coating, however. He comes right out and says that he would just as soon “let them wither and die.”
Johnston came under fire during the campaign for comments made on a Facebook page dedicated to discussion of local politics, where he made his outrageous comments.
Johnston seemed to be surprised at the controversy which arose after he posted:
“For almost three generations people, in some cases, have been given handouts. They have been ‘enabled’ so much that their paradigm in life is simply being given the stuff of life, however meager.
What you see is a setting for a life of misery is life to them never-the-less. No one has the guts to just let them wither and die. No one who wants votes is willing to call a spade a spade. As long as the Dems can get their votes the enabling will continue. The Republicans need their votes and dare not cut the fiscal tether. It is really a political Catch-22.”
Of course Johnston was overlooking several facts which may explain his loss to Moseley.
Like most Republicans he believes his own propaganda and not the truth that only in very rare cases does anyone receive welfare benefits for more than a total of 60 months in a lifetime. There is not and never has been “generational” welfare.
The majority of those receiving government help are elderly, disabled or children and most of the rest are employed full-time and still not making enough to survive without help.
Possibly the most important item that he got wrong is his belief that if more people would vote the GOP could take over and get rid of government assistance programs altogether. There are more moderates and progressives in the country than there are conservatives and in years when there is a high turnout for elections the Democrats always fare better than Republicans.
Still we must give credit to Johnston for admitting what few Republicans are willing to admit — that he has little regard for the poor and would just as soon see them “wither and die.”
h/t: Forward Progressives