Poor People Suck, Or, Wanda Bennett Is A Complete A**hole

This is hard core:

The Bossier Parish Police Jury tackled issues that included natural gas pipelines and one juror’s request to cut down more trees in part of the parish, but first Police Juror Wanda Bennett had stern words about a proposed publicly assisted housing project near the Louisiana Boardwalk.

“We don’t need to encourage low-income housing. … It’s very unpopular to do what I am doing right now, talking about it … but one of the reasons Bossier Parish is enjoying such a good life right now is because we don’t have the groups of lower socioeconomic people,” Bennett said.

A few observations.

One, how much do you want to bet Bennett was in church last Sunday morning? And how much do you want to bet that if the debate was, oh, say, same sex marriage or abortion, she would rapidly quote the Bible in arguing against either. All that stuff about taking care of the poor, though? That’s for losers.

Let them eat cake. In another parish.

"Let them eat cake. In another parish."

Two, fifteen percent of Bossier Parish lives below poverty. Not bad for Louisiana, but a number on the rise and higher than the national average. So Bennett still has work to do.

Three, as the article points out, the issue isn’t the stereotypical housing project. My understanding is that these are single family homes, there are rigorous ownership requirements and even close supervision and assistance for residents. Bennett, as an elected official, ought to do her homework before making decisions.

Four, how about the idea that less poor people means a better life for everyone else? She states it as if it’s axiomatic:

one of the reasons Bossier Parish is enjoying such a good life right now is because we don’t have the groups of lower socioeconomic people.

I mean, damn, that’s cold. Of all the things to credit for the supposed “good life” – the haynesville shale, casinos, even the good Lord hisself – she picks the absence of poor people? Jeez. I guess it does help in some ways. Who hasn’t left a nice restaurant and had their “good life” buzz killed by the sight of a bum sleeping on the sidewalk? Don’t have to worry about that in Bossier. Course there’s no nice restaurants, either.

Five, don’t take any of this to mean I’d want low income housing in my neighborhood. Heck, I’d oppose it even if it was going to be near Bennett’s community. This one, however, would be in the part of Bossier already populated by Bennett’s undesirables. It would be an improvement in that area. Bennett and the rest of her middle class white uptight neighbors would have nothing to worry about.

Six, another bet: Two to one says “the groups of lower socioeconomic people” means “the blacks.”

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4 Comments on “Poor People Suck, Or, Wanda Bennett Is A Complete A**hole”

  1. KC Says:

    Wheeler

    what is a police jury? not familiar with that term…

  2. Jim Says:

    “Six, another bet: Two to one says “the groups of lower socioeconomic people” means “the blacks.”

    Bingo. In the 80’s and 90’s there was a tremendous amount of ‘white flight’ from Caddo to Bossier. It ain’t called ‘white flight’ for nothing.
    When I ws growing up in Bossier Parish in the 50’s and 60’s people in Caddo Parish looked down on Bossier because we had the ‘strip’ and the base. Lower morals and Yankees go hand in hand you know.
    The only comment I have on Mrs. Bennett is that, if you ever hear anything intelligent come out of the Police Jury chambers, it will be a first.

  3. Becca Says:

    A few higher-end subdivisions and a strip mall do not equal paradise. Bossier is still, mostly, a shithole; and you’re right, this hypocrite would be all over the Bible for those issues, but to hell with “those” people.


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