SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Today’s quote

Thursday, May 31, 2012

* Congressman Joe Walsh

“’I am scared. I really am scared, Patrick, that we’re past the point — we have so many people now dependent on government, so many people want handouts,” he told constituents.

“The Democratic Party promises groups of people everything. They want the Hispanic vote, they want Hispanics to be dependent on government, just like they got African Americans dependent on government. That’s their game.

“Jesse Jackson would be out of work if they weren’t dependent on government. There’d be no work for him.”

* Video

- Posted by Rich Miller        


45 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 10:45 am:

    Yeah, next time you’re downtown in stores, restaurants, hotels, etc., just check out all those African-Americans and Hispanics hanging around waiting for their welfare checks.

    They might look like they’re working, but they’re not.

    Same in the suburbs with the roofers, drywallers, landscapers, cleaning people, etc.

    Often, I have to get downtown early and they’re all on the Blue Line with me at 5:30 a.m. I guess the welfare offices open up early.

    This “dependency” argument is coming from a guy who sleeps in his Capitol Hill office rather than rent a room.


  2. - Honestly - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 10:48 am:

    Why didn’t he mention big banks, investment houses, and defense & intelligence contractors when he categorized those “dependent on government”?


  3. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 10:48 am:

    The last time I checked, the number of non-Hispanic Caucasians on welfare was roughly EQUAL to the number of blacks, and more than double the number of Latinos.

    One in seven non-Hispanic Caucasians in Illinois fails to graduate high school. Which explains how a guy like Joe Walsh ends up in Congress.


  4. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 10:50 am:

    I think this quote was from 1952, not 2012 …


  5. - mark walker - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 10:52 am:

    I bet half of the people in his audience are either on Medicare, Social Security, or have received unemployment or food support in the past few years. But somehow those aren’t the groups of “dependents on government” to be feared.


  6. - Wensicia - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 10:55 am:

    Mr Walsh, you’ll soon be out of work; will you go on the public dole? Are you ashamed at the thought of being grouped with minorities? Is that the reason for your racist and false attack?


  7. - johhnypizza - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 10:58 am:

    YDD - if the ratio of people on welfare among the “races” was equally proportional, the number of non-Hispanic caucasians should be much more than the number of A-A or Latinos. The statistice you quote, if accurate, is meaningless. Keep in mind a large majority of low income, non-HS graduates voted for Obama for president. Does this mean the same population regards Joe Walsh and President Obama with the same high or low esteem? Some of what Walsh says has some validity in terms of purposely appealing to segments of the population in order to get their vote. That is how elections are won.


  8. - Lester Holt's Mustache - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:04 am:

    Check out the link Rich provides to FOX nation - “A section for people who will not stand for intolerance….”
    then has a page full of comments about how brown people and socialists are ruining the country. Nice.


  9. - Colossus - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:05 am:

    @Johhny: -Some of what Walsh says has some validity in terms of purposely appealing to segments of the population in order to get their vote.-

    And what segment of the population is Walsh trying to secure votes from?


  10. - Rich Miller - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:06 am:

    ===And what segment of the population is Walsh trying to secure votes from? ===

    Crackers?

    Just kidding.


  11. - ZC - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:08 am:

    Folks quit picking on Joe Walsh. He’s fully consistent in his positions: he just doesn’t like dependents. Even when they’re his own children.


  12. - Billy - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:10 am:

    Education is the determining factor here. An education determines weather a person will work for a living, or be dependent on the government welfare system. The races for many reason do not get the same education. Language, parental involvement, and goal setting also determine what a persons educational exprience will be! As in anything in life, there are exceptions.


  13. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:13 am:

    @Johnnypizza -

    Walsh is essentially accusing Democrats of using the social safety net to buy votes from blacks and Latinos.

    I’m just pointing out the rather obvious fact that we’re obviously “buying” as many votes from whites.

    Unless of course:

    1) You choose to ignore the fact that tens of millions of white Americans receive food stamps, TANF and Medicaid;

    2) You believe white Americans are blessed with some sort of inherent moral superiority that means their vote “isn’t for sale” while blacks and Latinos’ are.

    I, for one, think the answer is pretty simple: the GOP is inherently racist, and blacks and Latinos are smart enough to figure that out.


  14. - RetiredStateEmployee - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:14 am:

    The problem is he is only half right. There are two wings of the political party (Dems and Reps), social welfare and corporate welfare. If you attack only one, he must be for the other side. So he must be going for the corporate welfare vote, and they do have most of the money to give him. Surely, that wouldn’t sway his opinions because he is elected to represent his constituency.


  15. - Colossus - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:15 am:

    Rich - Only the saltines, not the multigrains.


  16. - J - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:16 am:

    Not even going to try to touch this one.

    Though it does sound like Joe Walsh is going to have quite a career on Fox starting early next year.


  17. - Inactive - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:22 am:

    Since Education is the determining factor (and we all know it is), why are people loathe to pay for it?


  18. - Anon - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:23 am:

    The really scary part is that he was elected. We have to pay more attention.


  19. - vole - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:25 am:

    And who else is dependent on government?
    You will find the names of a few Chicago private equity firms mentioned in this interesting article:
    “Republicans Hit Dental Bill That Private Equity Hates”
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-31/republicans-target-dental-bill-that-private-equity-hates.html


  20. - soccermom - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:32 am:

    Stay classy, Joe.


  21. - Anon - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:37 am:

    Well said Joe.


  22. - OneMan - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:39 am:

    And they worry about a cig tax increase ‘harming the brand’


  23. - Burning Down da House - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:52 am:

    Predictable outrage from the libby crowd.


  24. - Fed up - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:53 am:

    Joe is a goof and he should definitely also be talking about corporate welfare too. That said the percent of people dependent on government for their check, housing food ID’s ridiculous and cannot be sustained.


  25. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:53 am:

    Since I am a DHS caseworker, my response to Mr. Walsh would be that many of these people enrich businesses and corporations that he cherishes through low wages and no payment for benefits like health insurance. They help businesses and consumers by keeping down costs. Are they supposed to just die when they get sick or starve when they don’t earn as much?


  26. - getting too old for this - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 11:54 am:

    Joe Walsh is nothing but an ongoing stream of “Macaca” moments. He is a mistake that we in the new Illinois 8th will correct in November.


  27. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 12:11 pm:

    Fed up - Do you drive on government funded roads, fly through government funded airports run by government employees with a government run air traffic control system? Have a parent on Medicare or Social Security? I’m so sick of ths ignorance from the right about government dependency. Of course the best comment maid during the Obamacare debate was, “don’t let the government get its hands on my medicare…”


  28. - Reality - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 12:20 pm:

    Walsh is right.


  29. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 12:25 pm:

    I think this is what you call a Derbyshire conservative.


  30. - Cheryl44 - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 12:27 pm:

    This looks more like an audition reel for Fox “News” than anything else.


  31. - Colossus - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 12:39 pm:

    @hisgirlfriday

    State filtering blocks your link for being “Extreme”.


  32. - reformer - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 1:16 pm:

    Maybe Walsh and Bost could get their own talk show on Fox next year. Call it the Elephant Rant.


  33. - Shore - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 1:17 pm:

    I don’t agree with Walsh on everything but that congressional race really is a true here’s where the 2 parties are at right now showdown. Walsh embodies the out of nowhere grassroots tea party message and duckworth embodies the career insider/hack cook county obama message of lets just stay the course. I think it’s a lot more interesting than the other congressional races and their first debate, a lot of the journalists that have spent the last 20 months trashing walsh actually thought he won it. He can be nuts and he has baggage but Duckworth also represents a status quo that is not working.


  34. - 3rd Generation Chicago Native - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 1:34 pm:

    he reminds me of Glen Beck, the ranting, same thought process, the blackboard….


  35. - Robert - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 1:42 pm:

    I don’t agree with Shore on everything but I agree this is an interesting Congressional race.

    If character matters to you, it is hard to imagine a bigger gap between squeaky clean war hero Tammy Duckworth and Joe Walsh.

    But if you don’t care about character, it is quite an interesting choice.

    Want a loyal soldier who will check with Nancy Pelosi and the Obama administration before doing anything? Vote for Duckworth.

    Want someone who will speak his mind and explain his positions honestly? Vote for Walsh…but be sure you understand his positions first, as they are awfully extreme.


  36. - Emily Booth - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 2:02 pm:

    The new Joe McCarthy = Joe Walsh.


  37. - Endangered Moderate Species - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 3:01 pm:

    There seems to be a special flavor in the tea at the party? The folks who are drinking the tea, act as if the tea has a bitter flavor.


  38. - A.B. - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 3:45 pm:

    Ugh Walsh….isn’t he out of the public eye yet???


  39. - evil t - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 3:46 pm:

    ===And what segment of the population is Walsh trying to secure votes from? ===

    ===Crackers?

    Just kidding.===

    Thats Mr. Ritz to you, hehehe


  40. - aaron singer - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 3:59 pm:

    According to Mr Walsh, my nephew is probably half on welfare and is half government-dependent. I wonder how he separates the two out?

    I am as liberal as they come, but surely the Republican party can do better than elect such racist morons to Congress?


  41. - amalia - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 4:42 pm:

    wow, Joe Walsh scares me more than ever!


  42. - steve schnorf - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 5:10 pm:

    I hope that Grover’s people notice that this sort of stuff “damages the brand” for Rs also.


  43. - Quizzical - Thursday, May 31, 12 @ 10:53 pm:

    What about the farmers? The State University Students? The Defense Industry? The hard right Israel lobby? The Space Coast? Who is keeping them dependent?


  44. - wordslinger - Friday, Jun 1, 12 @ 7:40 am:

    –Predictable outrage from the libby crowd.–

    No outrage here. He knew what he was doing when he said it. He’s appealing to the “intelligence” of folks like you.

    But when you see ignorant racism, you just call it ignorant racism.

    There’s nothing more embarrassing than an ignorant suburban man with a victim’s complex.

    Just how much easier does life have to get for them before they stop their whining?


  45. - wordslinger - Friday, Jun 1, 12 @ 7:58 am:

    –And should we just consider that over half the country needs welfare just “to survive” a good thing? Is that a badge of honor?–

    Another badge of shame for the public school system. Clearly a victim of social promotion.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* State receipts down $5 billion, unpaid health insurance claims top $3 billion
* Lawsuit filed by unpaid social service providers
* Games people play
* Lucas threatens to walk
* Whistling past the graveyard
* Group warns another power generator has hands out in GA
* Graduated tax hike blasted
* Today's quotable
* *** LIVE *** Session Coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* Unlocked dual SIM LG G5 is on sale at $575 with top-rated eBay seller
* New HTC 10 commercial highlights the greatness of the front-facing camera
* YouTube app gets ‘Up Next’ autoplay feature
* LiveNinja secures a further $2M to combine live web chat and messaging
* T-Mobile rebrands ‘evil’ rival AT&T as The DeATTh Star for this year’s May the Fourth
* India puts a stop to Apple’s efforts of bringing used iPhones into the budget-friendly market
* T-Mobile rebels against the DeATTh Star with new Chrome extension

* Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu stays hot
* Abreu's bat sizzling after early fizzle
* Rodon moves up as series continues with Red Sox
* Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu sets pace
* Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu stays hot
* Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu sets pace
* Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu sets pace

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Gov. Rauner and state agencies sued for breach .....
* Gov. Rauner and State Agencies Sued for Breach .....
* Gov. Rauner and State Agencies Sued for Breach .....
* Area legislators working to keep local facility.....
* Voters Could See Two Redistricting Reform Choic.....
* Voters Could See Two Redistricting Reform Choic.....
* Illinois Commission Fails To Approve Closure Of.....
* MELLODY HOBSON vs. Friends of the Parks — DOROT.....
* Advocacy group says Illinois fantasy sports bil.....
* Horsemen Want In On Gaming Covernsation – Alton.....


* EXCHANGE: Veteran's lost dog tag returned 45 years later
* Illinois youth home worker pleads not guilty in teen's death
* Urbana officers hope crime lab can help solve 1988 cold case
* EXCHANGE: The legend of Bloody Gulch Road lives on
* Advocacy group says Illinois fantasy sports bill needs work
* U of Illinois students now must take minority culture class
* Roadwork for high-speed rail starts this month in Normal
* Chicago social club reports breach of guests' personal data
* Belleville votes to dissolve overlapping township
* Dynegy to shut down 3 generating plants in southern Illinois

* Advocacy group says Illinois fantasy sports bill needs work
* Legislative remap amendment proposal receives approval in Illinois House
* Caterpillar moving mining division offices to Arizona
* Legislative panel votes against plan to close Kewanee youth detention center
* Graduated income tax proposal delayed in House, expected to come up Wednesday
* Price, demand driving Illinois' hog farm expansion
* Medicaid policy may deny access to HIV medication
* Rauner: Graduated tax would be bad for the state
* Suit: Illinois law restricting child sex offenders too vague
* Medical marijuana panel meets to evaluate 15 new conditions

* 'The King and I,' Improv Fest, a new Second City show
* Amtrak allows bikes on trains between Milwaukee and Chicago
* Takata set to recall at least 35 million more air bag inflators
* Advocacy group says Illinois same-day fantasy sports bill lacking
* Why the big rail work on 75th Street will have to wait


* Police warn of Northwest Side burglaries
* Hulu will offer live-streaming service in 2017
* It’s Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you
* AP: John Kasich to end White House bid
* GM Hahn ‘extremely impressed’ by White Sox performance
* Obama guidance, press schedule May 4, 2016. Flint, Michigan
* Hillary, Donald and the gender wars
* Univ. of Iowa student from Naperville says attackers used slurs
* Police: Suspect in Elgin robbery found floating in Fox River
* The Nationals should be a challenge for the Cubs — should be


* Obama visiting Flint for first time since water crisis began
* Report: Prince tried to meet with doctor before death
* Iraqi demagogue leads the fight for Iraqi democracy
* Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropping out of presidential race: AP sources
* Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Texas company
* 80,000 evacuated as Canada wildfire consumes whole neighborhoods
* How to get 'Hamilton' tickets in Chicago
* Police: Assault of Naperville student at University of Iowa is possible hate crime
* Weak US hiring report sends stocks lower on Wall Street
* Oh, 'Bad Moms' movie, please be funny


* Advocacy group says Illinois fantasy sports bill needs work
* Legislative remap amendment proposal receives approval in Illinois House
* Our View: Bring some transparency to SHS coaching search
* Catherine Rampell: Hillary Clinton is a fiscal conservative — look it up
* E.J. Dionne Jr.: The irony of celebrity populism
* Michael Gerson: The state of disunion
* Pete Giangreco: Illinois should move ahead on automatic voter registration
* Caterpillar moving mining division offices to Arizona
* Legislative panel votes against plan to close Kewanee youth detention center
* Graduated income tax proposal delayed in House, expected to come up Wednesday


* UPDATED: Kasich dropping out, AP sources say; Trump on clear GOP path
* Man exonerated of 1999 murder sues Lake County, Waukegan
* Roadwork for high-speed rail starts this month in Normal
* Diamond the size of a tennis ball could fetch $70 million
* Sept. 11 families seek answers in secret pages
* Trump shifts to new campaign phase, dismisses GOP critics
* Navy SEAL killed in Iraq was close to disgraced grandfather
* Accident closes Illinois 1 south of Paris
* Minnesota college system bars team travel to North Carolina
* Is Black back with Illini?


* Weekend picks: Saddle up for Opening Day at Arlington Park
* Have a mint julep in honor of Derby Day
* Make Mother's Day memorable with food, glorious food
* Streamwood police release video of armed robbery suspect
* Report: Naperville teen the victim of a hate crime

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Durbin gets update on Jackson Center activ......
* Durbin fields questions about the NGA deci......
* Durbin: County, state have 'strong case' i......
* Sen. Dick Durbin speaks with students in s......

* Relocating NGA to North St. Louis is a big......
* Whistling past the graveyard - The Capitol......
* Rep. Lang Calls On Sen. Kirk To Act - FOX ......

* Disbarred Illinois lawyer gets four years in federal prison for mortgage scheme
* Hastert's annual $28,000 state pension to continue despite prison sentence
* Manufacturing group protests effort to remove one of Illinois' few economic advantages
* Kasich plans 5 PM announcement today
* Thorner: Heartland Institute Panel: Vaping as a Public Policy 'War' - Part 2
* Trumps and Sanders win Indiana; Cruz suspends campaign
* Governor proclaims May 5th a day of prayer in Illinois
* Starkehaus: The Long Journey to #NeverTrump
* May Day in Brooklyn.
* Teachers (Pat Conroy).


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




Hosted by MCS -- CapitolFax.com Privacy Policy -- SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax -- Advertise Here -- Mobile Version -- Contact Rich Miller