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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Michigan GOP Rep: Foster children can only buy second hand clothes

What's next, debtor's prisons?

Under a new budget proposal from State Sen. Bruce Casswell, children in the state’s foster care system would be allowed to purchase clothing only in used clothing stores.

Casswell, a Republican representing Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee and St. Joseph counties, made the proposal this week, reports Michigan Public Radio.

His explanation?

“I never had anything new,” Caswell says. “I got all the hand-me-downs. And my dad, he did a lot of shopping at the Salvation Army, and his comment was — and quite frankly it’s true — once you’re out of the store and you walk down the street, nobody knows where you bought your clothes.”

Victorian England was pretty cool after all. Charles Dickens made a big deal out of nothing. Foster children tend to be victims of abuse, neglect and or abandonment. They are not always placed in the best living environments. Often foster parents take in a child for the money rather than because they really care. Foster children are generally damaged, have low self esteem. A new pair of sneakers could mean the world for a foster kid, and the piece of vermin Bruce Casswell instead wants to send them a message that you're really just a second class citizen. For what? To save the state a few dollars but God forbid, we should consider taxing millionaires a couple more percent. Can't do that because they create other countries.

My advice to Republicans - more of this. We want more of this sort of crap from you. You're really starting to piss off a lot of people, a lot of people who are still allowed to vote despite your fervent wishes that they aren't.

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