Arizona Senator Demands Sterilisation and Total Control of Welfare Claimants

This is another clip on the disgusting attitude towards the poor by the Republicans in America. In it’s of John Iadarola of The Young Turks criticising the proposals made by Howard Pearce, a republican senator in Arizona, for cutting the welfare budget. Pearce said that he would cut the benefits bill by forcing women on welfare to be sterilised or have a coil fitted. Food stamps would only be available for certain foods, so that they poor couldn’t buy steaks or sweets. And their houses would be subject to rigorous inspection similar to military barracks housing on army bases. Here’s the clip:

Now it’s tempting just to shrug this off as the ranting of the American. A lot of Americans would also consider comments like this to be something of a joke as well, just illustrating how nutty and malign some of the Repugs are in the south west. That would be a mistake. He’s only saying what large numbers of Conservatives actually think, both in American and Britain. As I’ve already said, the Conservatives over here have taken much of their ideology from the Repugs. The whole Thatcherite economic project was taken from von Hayek and Milton Friedman of the Chicago school. And they share the same attitudes towards controlling the lives of the poor absolutely. Remember the Lib Dem peer, who wanted welfare claimants’ personal expenses open for public inspection? Or the way the Jobcentre and their ‘work coaches’ increasingly demand details of your job searches, in order to make sure you are actually looking for a job? And the latest attack on personal freedom by Cameron – welfare claimants should be refused benefits if they’re too fat. They’re based on the same totalitarian, domineering attitude by the extremely rich, who seem to believe that if somehow someone is on benefits, that means that they should be public property and humiliated as much as possible, so that they get a job.

As for sterilising people on welfare, that’s actually the return of a very old idea that was held over here. Lord Beveridge, the Liberal peer, who published the report preparing for the establishment of the NHS, also believed in it. He considered that men admitted to the workhouse or supported by the parish dole system should only do so on the recognition that they were biologically unfit, and agreed to be sterilised because of their inability to support themselves or there children.

We’re back to those 19th century attitudes at the beginning of the 21st.

Get the Tories and their counterparts across the world out of power. Now.

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7 Responses to “Arizona Senator Demands Sterilisation and Total Control of Welfare Claimants”

  1. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. A6er Says:

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating and commented:
    They, the Right of Centre proponents, won’t be happy unless all the poor, disabled, unemployed are dead and forgotten, written off as a scurge on society and no longer suckling on the teats of the Elite!

  3. jaypot2012 Says:

    I’d love to see the elite struggling without us – they’d have to get their hands dirty and around it would go again…

  4. Sasson Hann Says:

    Considering how much information a Universal Credit claimant will be forced to share, it really is only a few short steps to what this politician is talking about.

  5. patricknelson750 Says:

    Reblogged this on Patrick Nelson Reblogs Stuff and commented:
    The big fat Capitalists set up a system that abuses and misuses the poor, whilst they devour all the land and push up land prices thus preventing people from living outside the system (through self sufficient smallholding etc). Then the big fat Capitalist media spends its time abusing the victims of the economic system that they created – one in which 6% unemployment is actually seen as a good thing (it makes those in employment put up with all sorts of things).

  6. Mark Catlin Says:

    Reblogged this on markcatlin3695's Blog.

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