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It was from the borderline group of mental deficients which were `recruited many of the social parasites of our civilisation--the unemployable and thriftless, prostitutes, delinquents, and criminals, and intensifies such problems as illegitimacy and venereal disease.
Congressional Record quotes an unnamed speaker as saying "an idle and thriftless race of savages cannot be permitted to stand guard at the treasure vaults of the nation which hold our gold and silver.
Then I always remember the words a man named Charles Dudley Warner wrote back in 1887, maybe sitting in the,, same ancient bar: I suppose we are afl wrongly made up and have a fallen nature; else why is it that the most thrifty and neat and orderly city only wins our approval, and perhaps gratifies us intellectually, and such a thriftless, battered and, stained, and lazy old place as the French quarter of New Orleans takes our hearts?
Thomas Conant voiced all-too-common prejudices in his Upper Canada Sketches, asking bluntly "whether the hard-working and the thrifty ought to be taxed to provide for the lazy and the thriftless.
is a happy, thriftless, excitable person, lacking in self control and foresight, naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity .