Ted Nugent Calls For Punishing The Poor, Claims They Make Poor Decisions To End Up In Poverty

Ted Nugent is part of the cockroach crowd of conservatives. You know, those heartless morons who are obsessed with punishing people for something that isn’t their fault? Yeah, those conservatives. The extreme right wing, dumber than dirt rednecks who think they know everything and want to kill everyone. That’s Ted Nugent alright. Well, Ted Nugent wrote (Nugent knows how to write?) a column for the Washington Times. And in that column, Nugent called for punishing the poor and blamed them for being poor. He also called for killing social safety net programs such as unemployment benefits and Social Security.

Nugent, who frequently appeared on Glenn Beck’s television program on Fox News, wrote in the December 16th column that being poor is a choice and that children of single parents are more likely to commit crimes and have pre-marital sex.


Being poor is largely a choice, a daily, if not hourly, decision. If you decide to drop out of school, fail to learn a skill, have no work ethic or get divorced, a life of poverty is often the consequence. The children of parents who choose a life of poverty quite often pay a horrible price, and so does all of America. Here is part of the column via the Washington Times:

“Poverty rates among college graduates, those who learn a trade or skill and parents who stay married are much lower than the rates among those who choose opposite paths. As author William J. Bennett pointed out a number of years ago in his book “The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators,” children of single parents are much more likely to be involved in crime and premarital sex, to drop out of school and to get involved with drugs. Ugly and uncomfortable as that may be, it’s the truth.

The question is: What to do about lowering the poverty rate?

First, we need a government that respects the free market and private sector instead of spitting on them. The more our government embraces the private sector, the more opportunity there is available for people who choose it. That will be good for kids.

Second, we need to punish poor decisions instead of rewarding them. We cannot continue to offer a safety blanket to those Americans who make poor choices. The fewer social welfare programs, the better. This, too, may be ugly and uncomfortable, but we must make hard choices that force people into making smart, responsible decisions.”

As a child of a single parent home, I’m offended. My mother worked damn hard to take care of me and my two siblings. It wasn’t her fault that my father left us. For Ted Nugent to blame the poor for being poor is also wrong on so many levels. Millions of Americans were thrust into poverty through no fault of their own during the economic collapse in 2008 that was caused by Wall Street irresponsibility and greed. Millions of Americans have been laid off by Fortune 500 companies that have outsourced American jobs to slave labor in third world countries. Most people in poverty are poor through no fault of their own. Ted Nugent should be blaming rich bastards such as himself, who put profit before people.

Like most conservatives, Ted Nugent has lived a controversial life full of hypocrisy and sleaze. Here are just a few tidbits.

•Despite conservative views against fathering children out of wedlock, Ted Nugent has three kids from two different non-marriage relationships that occurred in a span of 30 years. If Nugent were a left winger, conservatives would be branding him a godless heathen with no morals.

•Nugent owns a ranch in Michigan that offers canned hunts. A canned hunt is a hunt in which the animals cannot escape because they are trapped by high fences. I live in Missouri, and I enjoy a being out in the woods myself, and I hunt on occasion as well. What Nugent does is NOT hunting. He might as well cage the animal and shoot it point blank, because that’s pretty much what a canned hunt boils down to. A true has more respect for animals then that. It’s not fair if you gun down an animal that can’t actually get away. It’s unsportsmanlike.

•Nugent has a thing for teenaged girls too. In 1978, Nugent began a relationship with seventeen-year-old Hawaii native Pele Massa. They could not marry because of the age difference so Nugent joined Massa’s parents in signing documents to make himself her legal guardian, an arrangement that Spin magazine ranked in October 2000 as #63 on their list of the “100 Sleaziest Moments in Rock”. So Nugent basically had a relationship with a teenaged child he was the legal guardian of. Remember how the right wing has criticized Woody Allen for basically doing the same thing? Granted, both men are sickos, but only one has the approval of the high and mighty Christian Right.

•Nugent is also a deadbeat dad, like other conservatives like Joe Walsh and Newt Gingrich. In 2005 Nugent was involved in a legal battle for not paying enough child support for a child he had out of wedlock in 1995. He was ordered to pay $3,500 in child support. That’s a conservative for you. They fight like hell for fetuses, but don’t man up and take responsibility when it’s time to take care of the child outside the womb.

•Nugent once commented on the Iraq war by complaining that we hadn’t killed enough Iraqis. He thinks we should have dropped nuclear bombs on them. “Our failure has been not to Nagasaki them,” Nugent declared.

•Nugent is also, like many conservatives, a draft dodger. During a 1977 interview in High Times magazine, Nugent allegedly detailed elaborate steps taken to avoid the Vietnam draft. In a 2006 interview with The Independent, Nugent claimed he was awarded a student deferment because he was enrolled at Oakland Community College. So he’s gung-ho about killing Iraqis but when it comes right down to it, Nugent is a coward. He’ll use his guns to kill penned in animals but if there’s a war, Nugent will run and hide.

Ted Nugent is a heartless, soulless, irresponsible coward who has no clue what he’s talking about. He has no business speaking about government and he certainly has no business talking about the millions of poverty stricken Americans who are struggling day after day through no fault of their own. Nugent is a wealthy prick who got rich strumming a guitar and singing bad songs. He didn’t actually work hard like the nurses, teachers, construction workers, and others who lost their jobs because of conservative economic policies that favor him and Wall Street. It’s people like Nugent that give America a black eye and embarrasses the millions of Americans who work hard to keep America moving forward. All Nugent wants to do is be a corporate shill, lobbying to take America back to the 1870s, when the super wealthy crushed the poor under their heels. He should stick to being a brain dead “musician.” Because the last thing America needs is another brain dead conservative pundit.

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