I’ve heard this speech several times, and each time it makes me want to puke.
David Eastman, a member of the Alaska State Legislature, in the middle of a conference, belched out this statement regarding abused children.
“In the case where child abuse is fatal, obviously it’s not good for the child, but it’s actually a benefit to society, because there aren’t need for government services and whatnot over the course of that child’s life. You’ve got a $1.5 million price tag here for victims of fatal child abuse, it gets argued periodically that it’s actually a cost savings, because that child is not going to need any of those government services that they might otherwise be entitled to receive and need, based on growing up in this type of environment.”
What the actual holy screaming, blistering fuck?
And before any one of you says, “Audio or it didn’t happen,” I got this for you. And trust me. This is just as bad as what you read.
If I’m being charitable – and we’re talking Salvation Army meets United Way levels of charity – this clown may have taken Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal to its satirical extreme. And that’s only presuming that he knows how to read. “Hey, a kid gets literally beaten to death, great, we saved money in the budget! What’s next on the agenda?”
How much do you want to bet that this shit-for-brains is also anti-female choice? That’s right, you gotta bring the kid to term so that someone can beat him to death and save us a few dollars in child services.
I’m telling you. I’m honestly telling you. These dumb-ass fucks need to leave elected office yesterday. No child’s life should ever be reduced to a line on a financial ledger.
Fucking pitiful. And as someone who survived horrific child abuse as a kid, I would surely hate to hear him explain it away that a child’s life isn’t worth the pennies in his pocket to save that child.
I’ll go on record to state my disgust with the statements, as posted. But social media strikes again – context…
The hearing video is embedded here; I recommend that viewing start at 1:05:08, to learn how this discussion began:
Eastman skews more toward WC Fields, if the comedy legend were a politician, than Jonathan Swift’s satires. I think you forgot to mention that this dork is probably a Republican.