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A 91-year-old New Hampshire state legislator is unapologetic after suggesting to a constituent that the state ship people with disabilities to Siberia.

The comments came when Sharon Omand, the manager of a mental health program in New Hamsphire, called her state representative, Martin Harty, to raise concerns about funding cuts to mental health services.

Omand said that Harty told her “the world is too populated” with “too many defective people.” Harty went on to explain that he was referring to, “you know the mentally ill, the retarded, people with physical disabilities and drug addictions — the defective people society would be better off without.”

“I wish we had a Siberia so we could ship them all off to freeze to death and die and clean up the population,” Harty said, according to Omand’s account.

After the comments were publicized during a state House committee meeting this week, Harty told the Concord Monitor that he did make the comments, but said he was “just kidding.” To read more click here.

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  1. pattyrocks says:

    Mr. Harty’s comments are beyond the pale.

  2. EPLDA says:

    Indeed, beyond the pale. Will he be held accountable?

  3. msamericanpatriot says:

    With the Social Fabians entrenched in the Democrat Party these days, this is ONLY the tip of the rather huge iceberg that is yet to come. They will make comments like this all the time and the only thing we can do is hopefully ship them somewhere where their mind set is not around anymore. The only defective people are ones like Harty that have no heart at all. Why is it those who are considered intelligent have no heart while those who are considered ignorant do? FYI Social Fabians like George Bernard Shaw believe that those who work should be allowed to live. Shaw came up with the original idea about death panels LONG before Obama and Rahm did.

  4. Nicksmom says:

    I hope he prays for forgiveness before he lays his head down to sleep tonight.

  5. violetred says:

    Ironically, Mr. Harty may qualify for a seat on the plane to Siberia himself:
    (below are quotes from the article)

    “He’s shown signs of great confusion in committee in terms of House process and content,” said Rep. Marilinda Garcia, a Salem Republican who serves with Harty on the House Legislative Administration Committee.

    Rep. Jon Richardson, an Allenstown Republican on the Legislative Administration Committee, said he does not condone Harty’s comments on any level, but he takes into account the fact that Harty is a World War II veteran in his 90s.

    “In our committee . . . he is constantly confused, easily swayed, hard of hearing, and prone to offer up unrelated commentary or go off on unrelated tangents,” Richardson said.

    Harty, a first-term representative, wrote a letter to Foster’s Daily Democrat last month stating, “So far I really don’t know what I’m doing. . . . A new Rep really needs a coach along with him at first but there is no room for anyone to sit with him, and no way they could holler at him in a committee meeting.

    “The few votes I’ve made so far I really didn’t know what I was voting for or against,” his letter said. “Just looked at the people around me and went along with them.”

  6. ejboydgoudeau says:

    With the way we treat our elderly (with little to no dignity) and those with disabilities, he may well be one of the first on the ship. I’d be careful what destiny I write for others. Just in case he hasn’t been paying attention “aged” has been included in the Health and Human resources with disabilities. And if he keeps on living he’ll fit on two counts.

  7. debgk says:

    Hello .. Malthus, is that you?

    But seriously – Nice that he served his country, but that doesn’t excuse this. I’ll just skip over all the thoughts about him shipping himself first. It would be too easy to make fun here. So many of my friends and colleagues, who happen to have developmental disabilities, make such incredible contributions to community, society and beyond, that I can’t imagine where this man got his ideas.

    If he’s aware that he said this and thinks it was a “joke” and therefore OK somehow, he absolutely needs censure at the very least. Service record or not!

    If, on the other hand, he’s so confused that he doesn’t even grasp what the heck is going on, he needs some help. Fortunately for him, that’s what we do in this country when someone has an illness.

    In any case, is he really a first term rep? What … was there just not anyone running to oppose him?

  8. C Picha says:

    Well…. ever since his business partner, Jacob Marley died, Mr. Harty has not quite been himself you know. I have heard that he is a good man of business and deserving of our love and respect. God bless us, everyone!!

  9. ckf82 says:

    @msamericanpatriot – Mr. Harty is a Republican, not a Democrat. But let’s just agree that no matter what the political affiliation, statements like this are just disgusting and shouldn’t be tolerated in our society.

  10. says:

    This so called legislator should be removed from office immediately. It is unconscionable that he would make such an uneducated and mean spirited statement. They should not waste one more taxpayer cent on his salary.

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  12. bjbeam2 says:

    I’m a case manager in New Hampshire for people with disabilities and Mr. Harty’s remarks are of course horrifying to most people. He has a hearing impairment and he and his co-workers say he is frequently confused about what is going on around him. Also he is obviously morally challenged. The NH Republican Party has publicly scolded him but have not asked him to step down, censured him etc. His views are not the norm, at least in public discourse but of course everywhere you go there are people who hate, fear or at least do not value those with disabilities. Budget cutting is going into overdrive with the recession. Massive cuts to Developmental Services may happen (15% is proposed) which would harm many people and shift costs to families, counties, towns, police, hospitals etc. We are rightfully proud of our 100% community based services but we are already spending far less per person than most states and with 5+ years of level budgets there is little fat to cut.

  13. WSMom says:

    @msamericanpatriot….Uhhh…nice try but the guy is a Republican, not a Democrat

  14. mikey71 says:

    Mr. Harty, I fully disrespect small thinking like this. People with developmental disabilities are not R – and should not be isolated. They have the means and capabilities to contribute to society… now lawmakers who think like you do… maybe we should send them (and you) to Siberia?

  15. iamthing1 says:

    Mr. Harty’s comments are so silly I laughed out loud. He is so old and out of it you can’t even get angry at him. His views are not just out of date, but fortunately, also proven incorrect. People with various disabiilties always have something to contribute. Poor thing. If I’d been on the phone with him I think I would have asked if we could include everyone over, say, 80 yrs old, to Siberia to help rein in our Social Security and Medicare expenses while we were at it. The voters of NH are lookin kinda simple at this point….. I hope a legitimate representative of the people from the Republican party will be running next time around.

  16. Charlieg1962 says:

    @msamericanpatriot Ummmmm do you know, as you put down the Democrats, that this State Senator in a REPUBLICAN? Research before you speak my friend..*shakes head*

  17. gwennbuz says:

    THIS MAN IS RUNNING OUR COUNTRY????He’s as bad as that nutty Rangal. I work on a part time
    basis with the developmentally disabled and though at times they are frustrating, I receive a great amount
    of love and job satisfaction working with them. Often, just a little one on one can get the light bulb to turn
    on and everything you do for them is worth all the negative aspects. Most consumers have family that
    do everything for the disabled person with such love would you take away that opportunity to receive that love? Drug test all those on the “system” and reduce costs, not cutting costsat the expense of a human being created by God for a reason.

  18. larry says:

    I wonder how many kids, grandkids and great grandkids this guy has, and if he thinks they shold be gotten rid of to depopulate the world.

    Not likely these old hippocrits exclude temselves and their famalies.

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