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Eugenics to Make a Comeback in Louisiana?
09-29-2008, 02:55 AM,
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Eugenics to Make a Comeback in Louisiana?
Eugenics to Make a Comeback in Louisiana?
September 28th, 2008 by Christopher Green

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on September 24 that a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives named John LaBruzzo “is studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to have their Fallopian tubes tied” in order to contain the state’s welfare costs. The article says that LaBruzzo is worried that “people receiving government aid such as food stamps and publicly subsidized housing are reproducing at a faster rate than more affluent, better-educated people who presumably pay more tax revenue to the government.”

He said his program would be voluntary. It could involve tubal ligation, encouraging other forms of birth control or, to avoid charges of gender discrimination, vasectomies for men. It also could include tax incentives for college-educated, higher-income people to have more children, he said.

The district LaBruzzo’s represents “is the same district that sent white supremacist David Duke to the Legislature in 1989″ according to the article.

LaBruzzo described the tube-tying incentive as a brainstorming exercise that has yet to take form as a bill for the Legislature to consider. He said it already has drawn critics who argue the idea is racist, sexist, unethical and immoral. He said more white people are on welfare than black people, so his proposal is not targeting race.

LaBruzzo said other, mainstream strategies for attacking poverty, such as education reforms and programs informing people about family planning issues, have repeatedly failed to solve the problem. He said he is simply looking for new ways to address it.

"It's easy to say, 'Oh, he's a racist,' " LaBruzzo said. "The hard part is to sit down and think of some solutions."

LaBruzzo said he opposes abortion and paying people to have abortions. He described a sterilization program as providing poor people with better opportunities to avoid welfare, because they would have fewer children to feed and clothe.

He acknowledged his idea might be a difficult sell politically.

"I don't know if it's a viable option," LaBruzzo said. "Of course people are going to get excited about it. Maybe we'll start a debate on it."

Eugenics was, of course, first proposed by English polymath Francis Galton in the 1860s. It became extremely popular in the United States in the early part of the 20th century as part of a strong wave of anti-immigration sentiment. Eugenicists succeeded in having laws passed in many states that mandated compulsory sterilization of the mentally ill and mentally disabled. Outrage at the Nazi eugenic practices during the 1930s and 1940s undermined popular support for eugenics in the US, though sterilization laws remained on the books in many states until the 1960s. LaBruzzo was born in 1970.



http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/capital/index....xml&coll=1
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09-29-2008, 05:16 AM,
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Eugenics to Make a Comeback in Louisiana?
Quote:LaBruzzo said other, mainstream strategies for attacking poverty, such as education reforms and programs informing people about family planning issues, have repeatedly failed to solve the problem. He said he is simply looking for new ways to address it.
"It's easy to say, 'Oh, he's a racist,' " LaBruzzo said. "The hard part is to sit down and think of some solutions."
It may be hard for this fucking douchebag to think of some solutions other than taking away people's ability to breed, but I have a goldfish with more brains. Maybe they should start with him and his family...
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