Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino said he would transform some New York prisons into dormitories for welfare recipients, where they could work in state-sponsored jobs, get employment training and take lessons in "personal hygiene."Paladino is a wealthy Buffalo real estate developer. At least he wants his program to be voluntary (for now anyway).
We should consider finding Mr. Paladino a voluntary facility where he can be locked away for mental health counseling. His remarks aren't just offensive but also plan loony. When America is at her best we seek to reduce levels of poverty not lock people up because of their economic status - a status often caused by bad economic policies like the ones followed by George W. Bush and the Republican Congress that drove up poverty levels after years of decline during the Clinton-Gore Administration.
Those disastrous policies are the reason our nation is still in crisis. It will take the U.S. years to dig out of the hole they dug.
Politico's Ben Smith says this fellow has a good chance of becoming the GOP nominee.
I remember a time not so long ago when GOP leaders like Bob Dole and Mark Hatfield worked to help people escape poverty and homelessness.
Thankfully, New Yorkers seem inclined to put Andrew Cuomo's competence and experience to work in Albany.