This is Compassionate Conservatism in action: State Rep. John LaBruzzo, a Republican, has come up with a fool proof plan to fight poverty. He feels the problem is that poor people are having more kids than rich people. So he wants to offer poor people $1,000 to be sterilized so they won’t increase the population of poor people and he wants to include financial incentives for rich people to have more kids so there’s more rich people.
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.
“What I’m really studying is any and all possibilities that we can reduce the number of people that are going from generational welfare to generational welfare,” he said.
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.
[…] 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.”
Well you’ve certainly managed to do that much. Critics of the plan are already calling it “racist, sexist, unethical and immoral” which is why it’ll probably appeal to a lot of other Republicans, but so far it’s just an idea he’s kicking around. His first plan was to pay poor people to be shot in the head, on a purely voluntary basis of course, but the cost of ammunition was so high that it seemed impractical given the current state of the economy. That and there were surprisingly few poor people who were desperate enough for the money to allow themselves to be shot. Encouraging them to get sterilized seemed a little easier to pull off in comparison.