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Democratic Ideal

Not sure how to solve those pressing economic problems? California State Senator John Burton has a solution: he has introduced a proposal to the Legislature to outlaw poverty. “A guy would wake up in the morning... realize that being poor is a crime, tinker around in the garage a little bit, start a computer company and become a millionaire,” the Democrat said. Is he serious? “I’m facetious and I’m not. The governor’s basic philosophy is that people are poor because they want to be poor. So in order to discourage people from being poor, we would make it a crime,” Burton said. (RC/AP) ...He apparently meant to say he’s not facetious, he’s fatuous.
Original Publication Date: 09 February 1997
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 3.

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