March 13, 2011

Gulag economy

Perimeter fence and watchtower, Vorkuta GulagImage via Wikipedia
And the winner for the most original idea to slash budget deficits goes to Senator Martin Harty who when requested for more funding for community mental health programs and for the homeless replied as per transcription below:

Barrington Republican Martin Harty told Sharon Omand, a Strafford resident who manages a community mental health program, that “the world is too populated” and there are “too many defective people,” according to an e-mail account of the conversation by Omand. [...]

Harty confirmed to the Monitor that he made the comments to Omand. [...]

Omand says Harty then stated, “I wish we had a Siberia so we could ship them all off to freeze to death and die and clean up the population.” Omand said Harty appeared to be serious. After Omand responded that his idea sounded like what Adolf Hitler did in World War II, Omand said Harty responded, “Hitler did something right, and I agree with (it).”


Suggesting that the mentally ill be sent to Siberia is eerily reminiscent of actual policies enacted by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Stalin sent countless dissidents, Poles, Chechens, and other groups he despised to work camps in the freezing barren wasteland of Siberia, where millions lost their lives.

Harty has not apologized for making his comments.
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