A Typical Republican

A Republican candidate for governor of South Carolina has compared giving people government assistance to feeding stray animals. Seriously. He goes on to explain that if you feed them, they will reproduce. This man is Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer of South Carolina. From The State

“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better,” Bauer said.

So apparently in America, the way to deal with poverty is to starve them to death so they don’t reproduce. This is an elected official in 2010, not the 1800’s but 2010.

In South Carolina, 58 percent of students participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program.

Bauer’s remarks came during a speech in which he said government should take away assistance if those receiving help didn’t pass drug tests or attend parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings if their children were receiving free and reduced-price lunches.

Just take it away from them, starve them, that will show them not to be poor. So many of these people are the working poor in this country, they go to work everyday but still can’t make ends meet. What sort of country do we live in that we treat our own citizens with such contempt. We are supposedly the greatest country on the planet, but we can’t seem to feed our people, give them proper health care, proper schools or keep them safe.


9 thoughts on “A Typical Republican

  1. His message is simple; don’t perpetuate poverty by endorsing it; by enabling it. Instead, educate the poor so they can get a meaningful job and become a part of society where they can contribute instead of taking from it.

    Your analysis is based upon emotion and without application of intellect. To state he believes “the way to deal with poverty is to starve them to death so they don’t reproduce” is jumping to a flawed conclusion.

    Nowhere in his statements does he say that.

  2. I think he was pretty clear in his Grandma story. Why do republicans think that poor people enjoy being poor, it’s so glamorous having to live on assistance. If we only make it more difficult, they’ll go out and get one of those many jobs that are so available. And I will never apologize for caring about people, call it emotional…whatever. I care.

  3. How do you feel about Benjamin Franklin?
    “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” -Benjamin Franklin.

    ….WOW!! Talk about hateful. However, if you believe in Ben’s statement then you also have to agree with Bauer’s.

  4. Things were a bit different in Bens time. I’m all for Leading them out of it, but in this economy where do we lead them?

  5. They sure were. For starters we didn’t have an out of control ever expanding government, that felt the need to babysit it’s populace.

    Well, we could lead them to all the jobs that are being created……. oops never mind.

  6. I believe that what Bauer is saying about “starving” them is to let hunger be the motivator. When you’re motivated, you’ll do anything – even work.

  7. I’m always amazed at how cold hearted Republicans are. Bauer was using the “don’t feed the animals” analogy with the best of them. If that doesn’t offend you, then I feel sorry for you. If we were living in Ben Franklin’s time and there were so many options for people, oh wait, blacks were 3/5’s of a person.

    After 8 years of the worst president in our history, who destroyed our economy, started two necessary wars that he didn’t pay for, gave away 3 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthiest, shipped all our jobs to China and Mexico by making it so damn easy for companies to do it….and now you, who probably voted for that asshole Bush is wondering why there are no jobs. Give me a fucking break.

    Republicans haven’t done a damn thing since Obama took office, no input, no ideas, nothing…..nata.

  8. Haaa, Republicans have no right to say anything about expanding government or budget deficits anymore, you all showed you can’t be trusted. Here are a few facts for you to chew on.
    From a previous post
    I would just remind you that the last democratic president, Bill Clinton, left office with a surplus in his budgets….he was paying for things. If we look back before Clinton, we had Bush Sr. and Reagan before that….are you aware of how big our national debt grew between 1980 and 1992? In 1980 the national debt was 907 Billion dollars, in 1992 it was 4 Trillion dollars. It quadrupled in 12 years. You then look at what it was when Clinton left office, it was 5.6 trillion < .50 times growth. That's 1/8th of how much Reagan increased it. Let's fast forward again to see what it was when Bush left office. It was 11.6 trillion, almost double what it was. If we look at it on a wider scale, Bush's deficit in 8 years is equal to the all the debt going back to 1791.

    So it doesn't fly anymore, Democrats are more fiscally responsible, you can't change the facts, it's history now.

    So I'm looking forward to the next 3 years where President Obama will prove that democratic principles of governing are far superior to the do nothing, destroy everything, transfer taxpayer money to Haliburton, Bechtel and Blackwater while there idiot followers cheer them on with teabags on their chins.

  9. What he said was “but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce,”

    That’s fucking sick, people aren’t animals, all of them whether they are your mother,your sister, your brother, poor, rich, sick, healthy…..whatever, they are all equal. Everyone of them was born into this world in the exact same way and deserve to be treated as something more than a statistic, or animal, or collateral damage.

    I’ll say it again, if that doesn’t offend you, I feel sorry for you.

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