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Indiana Republican: ‘No One Has the Guts’ to Let the Poor ‘Wither and Die’

john-johnston-via-facebookA Republican in Indiana has once again proven just how much disdain the GOP has for the poor by saying one of the most disgusting things about them that I’ve ever heard.

During an online discussion about poverty, Republican John Johnston said of the poor, “no one has the guts to just let them wither and die.”

But to grasp just how much Johnston hates the poor, you really need to see his comments in their full context.

“For almost three generations people, in some cases, have been given handouts,” Johnston said. “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,” he continued. “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.”

But Johnston didn’t stop there, “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.”

It’s the typical “people are poor because they’ve been enabled” right-wing propaganda.  This fool seems unaware that millions of Americans work full-time jobs yet still rely on help from the government because they make so little due to his party continuing to oppose any hike in the minimum wage.

Are there people who abuse the system?  Absolutely.  But the way many Republicans perpetuate this myth that the majority of Americans living in poverty are living that way because they’re lazy is, quite frankly, pathetic.

Oh, someone might also want to inform him that there are more liberals than conservatives. Typically the higher the voter turnout, the better that is for Democrats – not Republicans.

That’s why Republicans are trying so hard to pass new voter ID laws that make it harder for people to vote.  They know the lower the turnout, the better it is for the GOP.

But once again John Johnston proved just how much Republicans loathe Americans who are living in poverty.


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  • nogeeksadmin

    Stunning stupidity.

  • BakariC

    Yeah, at least he had the guts to say it, because that’s how they really think. Many in the wealthy class and the political lackeys really want people to just die. That’s why they are against universal health care. That’s why they allow for unlimited personal wealth. That’s why they are for the death penalty and for locking up poor people for drug use.

  • Charles Edward Pardue

    Besides the sheer callousness Rep. Johnson displays for human life by these remarks, it also perpetuates the myth of the free-ride on the public assistance.

    During the Clinton administration, the Welfare Reform Act of 1993 set new limits on public assistance to a three year maximum. Caseloads dropped 80% by 1994.

    Basic math shows that we’ve had these new limits for 20 years. Yet, so firmly is the myth of multi-generational families, living on welfare, established in the public mind, that a statement like this can go totally unchallenged.

    This idea is a fairy-tale, plain and simple, given credibility by retelling, like a bad urban legend.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Interesting that in the quote, immediately after saying no one has the guts to let them wither and die, next sentence is no one is willing to call a spade a spade.

    What a two-fer.

  • ryan cole

    Just another desperate republican trying to get votes from the tea party because this puke could never get a good job with his resume..worthless inbred dogshit of human being