Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Oh Dear

Whenever my inner Republican convinces me that we need to shift power from the federal government to the states, I run across something like this. A state representative in Louisiana is proposing a watered-down version of a Nazi-style eugenics program. From The Times-Picayune:

Worried that welfare costs are rising as the number of taxpayers declines, state Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, said Tuesday he is studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to have their Fallopian tubes tied. . . .

It also could include tax incentives for college-educated, higher-income people to have more children, he said.

Especially frightening are the dozens (perhaps hundreds) of commenters who think that Rep. LaBruzzo—who, incidentally, serves the district that once elected David Duke—is on the right track.


Anonymous Earl said...

A far closer parallel to anything smacking of a Nazi style eugenics program is the current ongoing holocaust of abortion that everyday destroys the lives of unborn children. If the idea of paying women to have their Fallopian tubes tied is morally repugnant, where is the moral outrage at the unrestricted killing of unborn children?

5:31 AM  
Blogger Tinley said...

Lots of people express moral outrage over abortion. Several of them have been elected to public office.

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Earl said...

The difference is that paying women to have their Fallopian tubes tied appears to be rooted in the financial convenience of society whereas abortion is rooted in the personal convenience of the individual. The difference is that at this time paying women to have their Fallopian tubes tied is at this time a proposal whereas abortion is a current ongoing reality by which the lives of millions of unborn children are being destroyed.

5:02 AM  
Blogger Tinley said...

I guess I'm not sure why we're talking about abortion in the first place. I never mentioned abortion in my post, and my intent was not to compare abortion to this proposal. I don't understand this idea that I need to choose one or the other to be upset about.

6:20 AM  

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