Don Young and the GOP Gaffe of the Day

October 24, 2014 at 1:34 am Leave a comment

Another GOP Gaffe via the NY Times

Representative Don Young, Republican of Alaska, isn’t disavowing comments on suicide that have set off a wave of criticism of him for insensitivity after he told a high school class that had experienced a recent suicide that such acts could result from a lack of support by friends and family.

In a second set of comments reported by The Alaska Dispatch News, Mr. Young, 81, said at a senior citizens center on Wednesday that a rising risk of suicide in Alaska was related to “government largess” that he said had given residents an entitlement mentality.

“When people had to work and had to provide and had to keep warm by putting participation in cutting wood and catching the fish and killing the animals, we didn’t have the suicide problem,” Mr. Young said on a recording obtained by the news outlet. He said that suicide resulted from government help that suggests “you are not worth anything, but you are going to get something for nothing.”

Please tell me that there is any evidence that the government assistance causes people to commit suicide.  Please note it does not.  This just another GOP ploy to scare people away from government aid so the GOP can get some deficit savings without paying it for higher taxes.


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