NH Lawmaker: Send Mentally Ill to Siberia
91-year-old Martin Harty supports eugenics, fears overpopulation
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 11, 2011 7:24 AM CST
In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 a woman walks past an abandoned building in the town of Chersky, in Siberia.   (AP Photo/Arthur Max)

(Newser) – A 91-year-old New Hampshire lawmaker said he wished America had its own Siberia to send "defective people" to. Then "the mentally ill, the retarded, people with physical disabilities and drug addictions" could "freeze to death and die and clean up the population,” state representative Martin Harty told a constituent who manages a community mental health program. The constituent's account of the exchange was read yesterday at a public budget hearing, reports the Concord Monitor, which adds that Harty confirmed to the paper that he had made the comments.

Harty told the paper that in a world that’s "too populated," nature can get "rid of stupid people." But "now we're saving everyone who gets born." The constituent said that when she suggested he sounded like Hitler, Harty said, “Hitler did something right, and I agree with (it).” He denies the Hitler comment, and says the Siberia line was a joke. Harty’s fellow legislators say the first-termer has “shown signs of great confusion” at work; Harty himself says he has voted by looking “at the people around me” and going “along with them."

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May 16, 2012 7:58 PM CDT
A state surveyer goes up to a man sitting on his porch in NH. "You know we just resurveyed the state line and I'm afraid you actually live in Vermont, not NH." "Thank God" said the recipient of the news. "I always said that one more year in NH would kill me!" Just jokin' . . .
May 16, 2012 7:48 PM CDT
NH, an 80 sdomething Rethug giving a Nazi salute, a 91 year old who wants to send mental and physical patients to 'Siberia' to die, what is going on with the Rethugs in this state? Maybe all Rethugs should be rounded up and sent to 'Siberia'. Of course the rest of us wouldn't allow such an inhumane and criminal action to take place. But there is a line between aged wisdom and experience and senility. You pays yer money and you takes yer choice, and God help you if you choose Rethugs. Just politicin' . . .
Mar 12, 2011 7:45 PM CST
send the pedophiles and baby killers to siberia. let their dicks freeze off. who cares?