GOP House candidate defends Facebook comment about poor - Post-Tribune
He later goes on to defend his statementJohnston’s Facebook comment in full was: “For almost three generations people, in some cases, have been given handouts. They have been ‘enabled’ so much that their paradigm in life is simply being given the stuff of life, however meager. What you see is a setting for a life of misery is life to them never-the-less. No one has the guts to just let them wither and die. No one who wants votes is willing to call a spade a spade. As long as the Dems can get their votes the enabling will continue. The Republicans need their votes and dare not cut the fiscal tether. It is really a political Catch-22. The voters are the ones in charge. however when only 10-11 percent show up to vote, not much will change. People simply are not hurting enough, or simply happy enough that they will do nothing. consequently the dole continues.”
I would like to praise this guy for telling it like it is. (at least in some aspects, he got some stuff totally wrong too). He is right, nobody is willing to let the poor simply wither and die, and I personally consider this a good thing. It means we have compassion and therefore some value as a species.“I was not trying to hurt anybody’s feelings,” Johnston said. “I saw the opportunity to say something. I think a lot of the poor have no way out, and there’s no motivation to improve your position. It’s like training a child, either you enable them or force them out at some point.”
One thing he gets wrong though is the overemphasis on carrots or sticks. Its a behavior model that doesn't always work very well with people who have internal motivations and creative ideas that throw a monkey wrench into that idea constantly as they can imagine alternatives to the choices presented to them. It has some effect, but not as strong a one as most republicans seem to think it does. However, he is correct in saying that this issue is a political catch 22, I do wish he would have spent some time coming up with a different viable solution. Also the idea that Dems try to keep the poor in place to get votes (which I am not sure this is exactly what he is saying, but I hear it on this forum a lot) is nothing but conspiracy theory nonsense.
While I agree and disagree with different points, I want to point out this guy's candor and telling it like it is and pray that other politicians follow suit.