An Indiana Republican is scurrying to backtrack on a controversial Facebook comment he made regarding the poor. Indiana House candidate John Johnston made the denigrating remarks on the social media site, where he said, “No one has the guts to just let them wither and die.”
“No one who votes is willing to call a spade a spade. As long as the Dems can get their votes the enabling will continue,” he added.
What he really meant when he said that the poor should be allowed to wither and die is that no thoughtful society would let people go hungry, he told the Post-Tribune.
“I was not trying to hurt anybody’s feelings,” Johnston said. “I saw the opportunity to say something. I think a lot of the poor have no way out, and there’s no motivation to improve your position. It’s like training a child, either you enable them or force them out at some point.
“My main point is that the programs are used as political tools,” Johnston continued. “Sometimes it hurts, but you might give them less to motivate someone to get a job.”
Johnston’s full Facebook post read:
“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. The voters are the ones in charge. however when only 10-11 percent show up to vote, not much will change. People simply are not hurting enough, or simply happy enough that they will do nothing. consequently the dole continues.”