Tuesday, August 24, 2010

“Are There No Workhouses?”

Carl Paladino, a candidate for governor in New York, has a novel — as in Dickensian — approach to taking care of the people on welfare.

Paladino laid out several plans that included converting underused state prisons into centers that would house welfare recipients. There, they would do work for the state — “military service, in some cases park service, in other cases public works service,” he said — while prison guards would be retrained to work as counselors.

“Instead of handing out the welfare checks, we’ll teach people how to earn their check. We’ll teach them personal hygiene … the personal things they don’t get when they come from dysfunctional homes,” Paladino said.

To his credit, he left out the part about letting them die to decrease the surplus population.