Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Louisiana's LaBruzzo: The New Voice of Eugenics: Let's Pay Poor Women to Stop Having Babies

Louisiana state representative and Republican John LaBruzzo of Metarie, La., thinks he's found a better solution to poverty, and so, he's pushing an old one: Pay poor women to have their tubes tied. But wait! There's more.

LaBruzzo sees himself a visionary. The young politician also wants to come up with an incentive to encourage more affluent taxpayers to have more children. Get it? Poor people go down. Rich people go up.
"We're on a train headed to the future and there's a bridge out, " LaBruzzo said of what he suspects are dangerous demographic trends. "And nobody wants to talk about it."

LaBruzzo said he worries 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 he is gathering statistics now. (Times Picayune)
I'd write more about this now, but I have a headache from recently discussing the case of the Texas judge telling a young Hispanic mother to stop having babies. I'm not up to a fresh discussion today on a Louisiana politicians ideas about selective breeding.

Still, here we are, a nation in the middle of the worst economic crisis in decades, and along comes LaBruzzo's solution to a shrinking tax base and poverty: Stop the poor from breeding.

The scariest thing about this is that LaBruzzo, going public with this line of thinking, will probably become popular down here. After all, Metarie is where the late Harry Lee flourished, a man who once proposed blocking off parts of Jefferson Parish to keep African-Americans from New Orleans away from his affluent white folk. Come to think of it, another politician, a proud racist and former Grand Wizard of the KKK, David Duke, also flourished here in Louisiana.

I suppose LaBruzzo thinks he's bright to push dishing out dollars for sterilization rather than dollars for better education or job training or programs to help stimulate the economy in poor urban areas (he said such programs don't work), and naturally, he doesn't think anything about his suggestion is racist, sexist, or classist. Oh, noooo ... not at all. In fact, his response to his critics is they should sit down like him and think of some solutions to poverty instead of calling him a racist.

Thought I'd share his picture with you too: John LaBruzzo, left, the new face and voice of eugenics. Also for the record, in case you're wondering, LaBruzzo is prolife/anti-choice. Go figure. The Times Picayune reports, "LaBruzzo said he opposes abortion and paying people to have abortions."

The paper's story already has more than 400 comments, but I didn't learn of the young politicians' idea through the paper. I heard about LaBruzzo's proposal from my 87-year-old father, a World War II veteran who keeps mumbling "Everything old is new again."

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Anonymous said...

La Bruzzo trying to use funding to control the masses is old school eugenics. Cyber-eugenics as explained in Bernard Amador’s book Cyber-eugenics: The Neural Code tells how advances in cognitive science and the cracking of the neural code may be the future direction of a modern day eugenics movement where families will no longer have to be paid or women alter their bodies. Technology will be used in conjunction with social engineering to accomplish the eugenic ideal in America.