Saturday, April 23, 2011

Latest in the Republican "I Can Be Crueler To Orphans and Widows" Contest [Anthony McCarthy]

Thanks to QL and Atrios for the heads up.

Michigan State Senator, Bruce Caswell has introduced a bill that would mandate foster children could only buy used clothes.

Under a new budget proposal from State Sen. Bruce Casswell, children in the state’s foster care system would be allowed to purchase clothing only in used clothing stores...

... Under his plan, foster children would receive gift cards that could only be used at places like the Salvation Army, Goodwill and other second hand clothing stores.

,,,, Casswell says the plan will save the state money, though it isn’t clear how much the state spends on clothing for foster children or how much could be saved this way.

Caswell's previous career was as a public school teacher, superintendent and sports coach. I would love to know how much he was paid for being superintendent and coaching. I'd also like to know how he treated poor kids at the schools he worked in.

Republicans around the country are in a contest to see how cruel they can be to the weakest, most defenseless. There seems to be no bottom when they get into that. It wouldn't be a surprise if they required poor children to wear drab, grey shifts of scratchy, skimpy material so they can be identified by "decent children" who would shame them, if not throw rocks and sticks at them. Or maybe they should be sent to modern day work houses so they can earn their keep. That's the way they think, they are the personification of evil.