LaBruzzo's Grand Plan

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Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, said Tuesday he is studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to have their Fallopian tubes tied.

He said his program would be voluntary. It could involve tubal ligation, encouraging other forms of birth control or, to avoid charges of gender discrimination, vasectomies for men.

Yeah, being accused of gender discrimination is really the biggest hurdle this proposal has to overcome. LaBruzzo may be kicking around fascist notions like eugenic sterilization, but you'll be hard-pressed to call him a sexist.

It also could include tax incentives for college-educated, higher-income people to have more children, he said.

Wait, what happens if their kids turn out to be... dare I say it?... poor and stupid? Of course, how silly of me, someone still has to mow lawns and bus tables, right Mr. L?

"What I'm really studying is any and all possibilities that we can reduce the number of people that are going from generational welfare to generational welfare," he said.

Gee, John, why not just shoot 'em? Nothing wrong with a little state-sponsored eugenics among friends, after all. If my brain was more useful than a book of wet matches, I'd have more to say on this. So please, folks, take the ball and run with it.

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