A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Oklahoma allegedly argued this week that those unable to support themselves whether they’re disabled, children or otherwise – should view euthanasia as an option rather than burden taxpayers through use of SNAP food assistance. Christopher Barnett – registered to run in this year’s Oklahoma gubernatorial election – told a commenter to his campaign’s Facebook page that “…why are we required to keep them up? Sorry but euthanasia is cheaper and doesn’t make everyone a slave to the Government.”
Though Facebook appears to have removed the comments, he still stands by them as he stated in another comment, “I stand by my comments...”
...In one of several polls posted to his campaign’s Facebook page, Barnett asked, “Should a person be required to apply for 2 jobs a week if receiving Food stamps and take any job offered to them to gain employment and if they refuse, they lose their food stamps?” He offered to potential responses: (1) Yes, no jobs, no stamps and (2) No, free food stamps.
The question ties back to his taxes and spending views spread throughout his campaign website.
What has Barnett’s campaign in people’s crosshairs are comments made as a response to a question made asking about the disabled and children. Initially, someone asked, “Most receiving food stamps work, or are disabled. Some are elderly. And what about the children? What are your plans for them? Foster care? Factory work? Let em go hungry?”
Barnett responded, “The ones who are disabled and can’t work…why are we required to keep them up? Sorry but euthanasia is cheaper and doesn’t make everyone a slave to the Government.”
Pressed by someone else about his belief those in need of food assistance should be offered assisted suicide, Barnett added:
I firmly believe we should have assisted suicide in the US. I also ask the legitimate question of why should we have to keep up people who cannot contribute to society any longer? Obviously, I’m not saying the Government should put these people down, I’m just saying that we shouldn’t keep them up. If they can take care of themselves without Government assistance, great. If not, let them starve and die. Easy as that.
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