Arizona GOP Vice-Chair: Sterilize Poor Women
Recalled Arizona senate president Russell Pearce, who proposed the state’s controversial anti-immigration law, spoke on the The Russell Pearce Show to explain how he would fix public assistance programs, Phoenix New Times reports.
“You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations,” he said. “Then we’ll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.”
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“No cash for Ding Dongs and Ho Hos, you’d only get money for 15-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and powdered milk – all the powdered milk you can haul away,” Pearce continued. “If you want a steak or frozen pizza, then you’d have to get a job.”
“I know there’s people out there [who] need help, and my heart goes out to them, too,” he explained.. “But you know what? That should never be a government role. That’s a role for family, church, and community.”
As for housing assistance, he’s got some ‘small government’ ready to get all up in that.
“Ever live in a military barracks?” he said. “You’ll maintain your property in a clean, good state of repair, and your home will be subjected to an inspection at any time, possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or an X-Box 360, then get a job.”
Pearce benefits from a generous public-employee pension because he’s held several government positions over the years, and recently landed a job working for Maricopa County Treasurer Charles “Hos” Hoskins with a generous salary of $85,000 per year.
Phoenix New Times reports, “Among his duties are helping to promote participation in a county program known as the Elderly Assistance Fund, which helps low-income seniors reduce their property taxes.”
He also serves as first vice-chair of the Arizona Republican Party, which is an unpaid but elected position. Again, it’s an elected position, so he has support from Republicans.
Pearce lost a 2011 recall election over ethics concerns and the hardline anti-immigration law he sponsored.
Pearce claimee attended graduate school at the University of Arizona. That was not true.
Pearce didn’t report close to $40,000 in paid junkets and college football tickets from Fiesta Bowl officials while helping them receive state subsidies, according to Raw Story.
He also lied about attending graduate school at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
H/T: My buddy @TomCinmidlife with thanks.