Monday, August 23, 2010

NY Magazine-NY Gov. Candidate Wants Poor People To Live In Jail

NY GOP Gov. Candidate Carl Paladino: Facebook
(Story reported by Dan Amira for NY Magazine's Daily Intel)

Real-estate millionaire Carl Paladino, the somewhat surging Republican gubernatorial primary opponent to the party-backed Rick Lazio, has some interesting ideas about how to reform the welfare system, including an optional program in which welfare recipients would go live in converted prisons while they work for the state. Welfare recipients already need to work to earn their checks, but this system comes with some extra perks. Prison guards "would be retrained to work as counselors" who will apparently teach these uncivilized poor people how to smell and look like normal people. 

We'll teach them personal hygiene ... the personal things they don't get when they come from dysfunctional homes," Paladino said.
We don't know, are poor people even capable of learning personal hygiene? Or is their universal lack of personal hygiene something more innate, maybe derived from the same genetic deformities that made them poor? It may be a challenge, is all we're saying. Hopefully at least one poor person will have personal hygiene and they can help instruct the others in their native poor-people tongue. 

(Click here to read the full story on the NY Magazine website)

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