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“No” to eugenics compensation? Really??!!

Good lord. Do these people hear what they’re saying? According to news reports, several members of the House Judiciary Committee — including Rep. George “There is no extreme poverty in North Carolina” Cleveland — actually opposed a bill to provide compensation to eugenics victims when it came up for a vote in committee yesterday.

According to Raleigh’s News & Observer, Cleveland said that taxpayers should not have to pay for wrongs committed in the past. Wow! One has to wonder just how far Cleveland would be willing to extend that “logic.”

Committee votes are not recorded so it will be interesting to see if the conservative opponents of compensation are willing to actually vote “no” and do it  “on the record”  when the measure comes to the House floor for a vote.

4 Comments


  1. Jack

    May 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Government can destroy lives and not in any way be held responsible?

    This is the government of the now in NC. The NCGA has acted and will continue to act in the best interest of entities rather than the interest of the people of which it is so dismissive.

    Eugenics was a state program designed to harm its citizens. Mr. Cleveland and others in the NCGA who support his statement need to think about that and come to an understanding as to what it means to deliberately harm citizens.

  2. Alex

    May 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    When did we start paying for government incompetence ? I doubt we have enough money to go down that path !

  3. Jack

    May 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    It would be one thing if NC government had simply been incompetent but NC government deliberately harmed it citizens with malice aforethought. The motivation behind the state’s eugenics program was money. Destroy a life and save a dollar. Such a program is not incompetence but inhumane treatment of a state toward its citizens.

    Conservatives say that people need to take responsibility their actions. Is the state any less accountable to the people when the people are the target of such brutality?

  4. Frank Burns

    May 24, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Yes this was a brutal program, but the activists claimed it was humane. This program is the result of an activist govenment. A department is started and it expands to a state eugenic program. This is why we have to continually guard against government activism, monitor program effectiveness and stop excessive intrusion in our lives. Our government has done bad things in the past and is continuing to do bad things. We should keep our focus on the present poor deeds of our government like the activist EPA.

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