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GOP Candidate: No One Has the Guts to Let Poor People Go Hungry and Die

A Republican candidate from Indiana recently wrote on Facebook that people just don’t have the guts to let poor people wither and die.

John Johnston, who is challenging Democratic state Rep. Chuck Moseley for the 10th District seat in the state, had some pretty strong words about how Democrats ‘coddle’ the poor for votes.

“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,” the GOP candidate wrote in a debate on  Mad Mac, a site the pokes fun at Indiana politics.

He continued by pointing out that the liberal politicians who just keep feeding and clothing the poor are really just setting them up for a meager existence and life of misery.

“No one has the guts to just let them wither and die,” he stressed.

Following the well-worn path of saying that liberals support food stamps to get votes and Republicans are not courageous enough to yank support, the candidate continued, “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.”

After getting some flak for his statement, though, Johnston, a former high school teacher, backed off on his statements and said he did not mean that he intended on ending all support for America’s poorest.

“My main point is that the programs are used as political tools,” Johnston said, backtracking from his tough stance. “Sometimes it hurts, but you might give them less to motivate someone to get a job.”

He then compared the situation of the poor to dependent children. “I was not trying to hurt anybody’s feelings,” Johnston said to the local news. “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.”

The buzz over Johnston’s remarks also sparked debate on the Mad Mac page, which responded to the attention by declaring, “Well damn… Every little comment you make can go viral.”

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