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Michigan GOP Senator Thinks Foster Kids Should Only Be Allowed to Wear Used Clothes.

Michigan Messenger:

Under a new budget proposal from State Sen. Bruce Casswell, children in the state’s foster care system would be allowed to purchase clothing only in used clothing stores.

Casswell, a Republican representing Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee and St. Joseph counties, made the proposal this week, reports Michigan Public Radio.

His explanation?

“I never had anything new,” Caswell says. “I got all the hand-me-downs. And my dad, he did a lot of shopping at the Salvation Army, and his comment was — and quite frankly it’s true — once you’re out of the store and you walk down the street, nobody knows where you bought your clothes.”

Under his plan, foster children would receive gift cards that could only be used at places like the Salvation Army, Goodwill and other second hand clothing stores.

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Now..... Just for the knee-jerk-offs that call me a "liberal" and a "lefty" because I post stories critical of the Tea Party and the conservative right, allow me to demonstrate that I also have a conservative side by saying.... I agree with this proposal.

This story was originally posted on a blog that was titled, "The unbearable meanness of Conservatives." And while there are indeed many mean, nasty conservatives, like Rush Limbaugh (who recently suggested that children who receive free and reduced lunches at school should be taught how to dumpster dive during the summer months), I saw no such spite or meanness in Senator Caswell's proposal.

What I saw in his suggestion was actual, bona-fide, good-old-fashioned conservative thrift of the sort I myself embrace.

I can tell you that my own children get very few clothes that are brand-new-off-the-shelf... despite the fact that we could afford to do so if we chose. I find it a ridiculous waste of money to outfit children with expensive clothes that, more often than not, they will outgrow before they wear them out.

As for myself, I would estimate that 60 percent of my clothes are second hand... and a lot of it is very nice, designer label stuff. I have no shame about saving money... we take a very nice vacation to Mexico every year on the money we save by being cheap.

As a Foster Parent, I can also say with some experience that the majority of children in foster care situations are already well-accustomed to second-hand clothes and hand-me-downs from older siblings. I see absolutely no reason why extra money should be spent on brand new clothes when it could be better used towards stretching the budget for food and other necessities.

I can tell you that there is a well-intentioned desire in most foster parents to "spoil" the children in their care with nice things, which is understandable given the sometimes wretched situations they have been removed from. Those types of foster parents can generally afford to spend beyond the alloted stipends and would probably opt to give the thrift store gift cards to a needy family. We fall into that category ourselves.

For the foster families who cannot afford to spend beyond the alloted amount... I would tend to think that the idea of a thrift store account would be a welcome convenience, not an insult to the children in their care.

And to the foster parents who are little more than scam artists operating child storage facilities for the additional benefits, and who might take offense at this proposal... Fuck You! You are the reason that suggestions like this need to be made in the first place.

Now, if Senator Caswell will only go after the government waste and corporate greed in his state with the same practical approach he takes with it's weakest and most defenseless citizens.... he will be the kind of true conservative I admire.

Keeping fingers crossed but not holding my breath on that one.


-EventHorizon2012-


Added: Apr-24-2011 Occurred On: Apr-24-2011
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  • I see nothing wrong with this. He wasn't saying foster kids should only be allowed to wear used clothes. He's saying taxpayer dollars shouldn't be spent on expensive new clothes when used clothes work just the same and cost much less.

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    • @diggingforgold Absolutely right. Just another lame attempt from the playbook of the encyclopedia dramatica trying to make the GOP look bad. As usual...FAIL...lol.

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    • @safetychuck2

      How so, Chuck? There was absolutely nothing negative said about the Senator's proposal in my upload. I expressed nothing but basic agreement with the concept.

      Please explain how a post which expressed support for the Senator's proposal was an attempt to make the GOP look bad.

      Did you even read it... or did you just start typing before your knee quit jerking?

      If there was any failure involved, it was your failure to read, or at least fully comprehend, the upload.

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    • @diggingforgold

      The one thing that I can see wrong with this proposal is that the Senator should be cutting waste and stretching tax dollars from the top-down... not the bottom-up.

      I would have a lot more respect for a politician who first announced that he is going to cut the fat from his own administration's budget before going after kids in foster care.

      What ever happened to "lead by example"?

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    • @EventHorizon2012 I was commenting on the original story EH. You nailed it...there is NOTHING wrong with used clothing, which is why I prefaced with "absolutely right".

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  • They should also only be able to drink Busch Beer.

    Posted Apr-24-2011 By 

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  • I'd me more interested in seeing the post where he voluntarily cuts his own salary in half and proposes a bill that all other politicians do the same instead of finding ways to fuck the poor and defenseless just a little bit harder.

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    • @Tongueboy Don't hold your breath because I doubt there is anyone that could bring you back too life if you were holding out for that golden ring... Politicians are the the worst of the worst but we hold them in the highest of esteem as long as they are spewing lies that some believe in.

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    • @Tongueboy

      Aint it a coincidence how EVERY TIME Illuminati pops up on a post you will find TongueBoy not far behind!

      Same writing style, same BS!

      LOL!!!

      Sock Puppet

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    • @RFID1 Same writing style???????
      If I haven't said it before, I apologize, but I will say it now.
      You are a fucking idiot.

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  • "Under his plan, foster children would receive gift cards that could only be used at places like the Salvation Army, Goodwill and other second hand clothing stores."

    Nice gesture, but who pays for these gift cards?

    Also, do foster parents get financial assistance from the State?

    BTW. I shop at Goodwill for polo shirts for work. Plus I donate ~ $500 a year in used household items. It's a win-win for me and those who may be in need.

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    • @Arizona_Patriot

      No, the foster fairy leaves gold in their shoes...... OF COURSE the state provides financial assistance for foster children!

      Don't tell me you don't want your taxes going to feed and clothe helpless children, many of whom have been physically and sexually abused.

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    • @EventHorizon2012

      I think Foster care givers are doing a great service to the community. I also salute you in your contribution to society.

      I was just unaware of the taxpayer's burden in providing this service.

      May I ask how much do you receive from the state in providing your service?

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    • @Arizona_Patriot

      About $300 a month, which is strictly to cover the child's food, clothing and other expenses... anything beyond that is out of pocket.

      We mostly take teenagers who are runaways or who's parents are in jail, rehab, etc. for a short period.

      Teenagers can go through a lot more than $300 a month... but if they want extra money for clothes or video games, I have lots of chores they can do for six bucks an hour. Horses shit in their sleep and somebody's got to pick it up.

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    • @Arizona_Patriot You are NOT alone my man. I buy used clothes and I make over 60k a year. I could go out and throw my money away like our government but I would go broke.

      Fuck Em, let em eat cake.

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    • @EventHorizon2012

      I figure this Casswell guy sees that their might be a problem with some of the monies provided to Foster care givers.

      Regulating the tax payer expense with the use of gift card may reduce the total monies paid out to care givers.

      Your an honest fella, but there are those who may see this proposition as an attack on them personally.

      We both know about the "Nana" racket with single mothers who simply give up the rights as a parent just to have their Nana take care More..

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  • BTW, another great reason to check out thrift stores... on friday I found a 1930s, signature edition (Rudy York, Detroit Tigers) Louisville Slugger baseball bat in excellent condition. I paid 75 cents for it.... it's worth $60-$80 to a collector.

    A few months ago I bought an antique split bamboo flyrod and reel for $40 (same store) and sold it on e-bay for $200.

    Thrift stores are the shit if you know what to look for.

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    • @EventHorizon2012

      Yep, I bought a picture for the frame at a thrift store, I hated the picture but thought; why would someone spend $500.00 framing a lousy print? When I looked it up, it was by a listed artist and the print alone was selling for $800.00! I paid $40.00 and gave it to my mom.

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  • Where in his warped brain did that come from. Why do these politician's come up with such stupid shit.

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  • Trifth store even have new clothes donated by the stores!
    But waisting tax payers dollars in such an a stupid proposal can't be tolerated, we have biger things to deal with, like corruption and the lack of oversite from the goverment.
    This is simply BS. To destract the tax payer from the real isues.

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  • NY Taxpayers Forced to Pay 800K to Save Scumbag Kiddie Kiddler
    Taxpayers may pay $800,000 to give a life-saving heart transplant to an upstate rapist whose crime of incest was so "grotesquely criminal" that a prosecutor said he should "rot in prison."

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  • Well 'Event' the big difference that I can see is that you and the good senator had family support to get you through the angst of going to school with a 'cheap' label on your forehead. What is being proposed is that these foster kids put an extra one on their forehead to go along with 'loser foster kid' they already have. But who gives a damn right..we have to cut spending somewhere to pay for those tax cuts we gave to the ones who buy their clothes at Macy's and Newman-Marcus.

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    • @sallyII

      Just watched national news, and can't remember the city or state, lol. (I was eating) It's a southern state in the east. Anyway they have a brand new federal prison ready to go. It cost $227 million, problem is, congress just cut the $27 million to hire staff and get running. So no jobs for them.

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    • @sallyII yeah for the ones whos kids make fun of the poor ones great idea huh?

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    • @sallyII
      Actually, I always had new clothes growing up... cost my parents a fortune and I never appreciated it. I don't buy my own kids new clothes by choice, nobody calls them losers. It's about who you are, not what you wear.

      Kids who are in foster care deserve to have decent clothes, sufficient food and lots of love and support. That's more than most of them ever had to begin with.

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    • @EventHorizon2012 Well said but lost on a fool

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    • @EventHorizon2012

      I can see why you didn't jump on the guy but we don't need gov. officals making laws in this area. That way my only point.

      They all need to focus on job's and the economy and getting out of war's. When we get the economy rolling the debt will be a distant memory.

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  • ~I have an idea, why don't we get the democRATS and the republicRATs to force hussian obama to lift the stay on oil drilling in the gulf, and off the west coast, and off the east coast, and in Alaska ?

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    • @dfaugust2k and lets stop funding known criminal organizations, like ACORN and the SEIU, and stop funding lying propagandists like PBS, and lets make all obama's buddies like Jeffrey Immelt and GE (who made BILLIONS of DOLLARS last year) actually pay taxes!

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    • @dfaugust2k

      Ahh, propaganda. GE, which I'm not defending, lost almost 40 billion the last 2 years, that's why they didn't pay anything this year.

      As far as drilling, fine by me but it still won't solve the problem.

      Natgas is the only viable solution at the moment. Change all state and fed. car's first, as well as postal. The public will follow.

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  • Why do liberals always scream bloody murder when spending cuts are suggested? In case you fools haven't noticed, the country is broke. Over 14 trillion in debt. This is a reasonable proposal. Why would we spoil these kids with expensive stuff? They will then feel entitled to it all the time.

    My wife and I make pretty good money and we buy almost exclusively used clothes. Guess what? Nobody knows the difference.

    So if used clothes for these kids can save a little money that can be used for more More..

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  • It all makes sense now. Most live leakers are cheap assholes.

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  • Yea sure and they can only have food found in dumpsters.

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    • @femdyke25

      I was so glad to get to the bottom of your comment and see that it was sarcasm.

      As I said in the upload, I don't have a problem with frugality and practicality being implemented in entitlement programs... but it does seem like a fucked up place for a Senator to start tightening the purse strings.

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  • liberalism is a mental disorder....oh.. wait a second

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  • wonderful and innovative idea, secondhand clothes for foster kids is great, saves the tax payers, helps bring down the budget. kids grow so fast anyway, they will outgrow the clothes before they are worn out. the whole country needs to be more frugal.

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  • I wear second hand cloths for practical reason and I save a shit ton of money. I also grew up with foster kids (6) two of which my folks adopted, the 140.00 a month the state of CT provided was better put towards, joining sports teams and activity lessons.

    Go into a good Salvation Army Store and it will become evident the benefits to shopping second hand. I have plenty of money but I do not like to pay premium for certain items hence why I drive 4runners and bought my boat used.

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  • OH NO!!! HAND ME DOWNS!!! Piss on that, we have all had hand me downs at one time or another.

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  • 'Please, sir, I want some more.'
    — Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist)

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  • If we don't get rid of the muslims, communists, and their sympathizers in America's government WE WILL ALL BE LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD used clothing, or food, or medicine, or electricity.


    WAKE UP AMERICANS! Congress should have already booted those bastards out.

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