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Bauer:  Needy 'owe something back' for aid


GREENVILLE - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has compared giving people government assistance to "feeding stray animals."

Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, made his remarks during a town hall meeting in Fountain Inn that included state lawmakers and about 115 residents.

"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.

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.

Bauer later Friday told The Greenville News he wasn't saying people on government assistance "were animals or anything else."

In his speech, Bauer said people have to become more engaged with government.

"You see, for the first time in the history of this country, we've got more people voting for a living than we do working for a living."

Later in his speech, Bauer said, "I can show you a bar graph where free and reduced lunch has the worst test scores in the state of South Carolina," adding, "You show me the school that has the highest free and reduced lunch, and I'll show you the worst test scores, folks. It's there, period.

"So how do you fix it? Well you say, 'Look, if you receive goods or services from the government, then you owe something back.'"

Bauer said there are no "repercussions" from accepting government assistance.

"We don't make you take a drug test. We ought to. We don't even make you show up to your child's parent-teacher conference meeting or to the PTA meeting.

"You go to a school where there's an active participation of parents, and guess what? They have the highest test scores. So what do you do? You say, 'Look folks, if you receive goods or services from the government and you don't attend a parent-teacher conference, bam, you lose your benefits.'

"We're going to have to do things like that. We can't afford to keep just giving money away."

And, Bauer said, it is time to confront "babies having babies. Somebody's got to talk about. Politicians don't want to talk about it anymore because it's politically incorrect."

Bauer told The News later, "People in society have certain responsibilities; just like if you don't pay your taxes, there are certain repercussions."

He said government hasn't made requirements to make those receiving aid be more responsible.

"They can continue to have more and more kids, and the reward is there's more and more money in it for them."

Instead, he said, the government should place incentives in its welfare programs, such as providing child care so parents can work or receive education so they can break the welfare cycle.

Government continues to reward bad behavior by giving money to people who "don't have to do a thing," he said.


Bauer defends comment comparing poor people to stray animals


GREENVILLE, SC (WIS) — Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is defending his comment which compared government assistance programs to "feeding stray animals."


"There's no way that I was trying to tie animals to people, but what I was trying to talk about is the dependency culture, and just like when you feed an animal, you create a dependency," he said.

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These crackers are really showing their true colors. Both the governor and Lt governor are LOSERS! The people of South Carolina are stupid for allowing Sanford, Bauer and Joe to continue to represent their state to the nation and the world. But I guess that's what happens to people who's educational system is one of the lowest in the nation. Sad.
Okay ... here's the thing for me ...

While the media has been very effective at portraying the (majority) face of welfare as Black or Brown ... we all know that that's simply not the truth.  Black people may be disproportionately represented on the welfare rolls  but White people dominate as far as the total numbers go.

Here in the South, every time the 'poor' or 'disadvantaged' is referenced the visual automatically defaults to a Black face .. but, the reality is that Black people are not the majority in ANY state of this union!!  White folks outnumber everybody else 2-1.  And while there are more of us in these southern states than elsewhere around the country, there are still more of them than there are of us, here.

So, whatever the Good Governor plans to do poor people and welfare recipients, in particular, there are a WHOLE BUNCH of poor, uneducated, non-active-parenting WHITE PEOPLE that are going to face those 'repercussions' he's talking about.  It's not just Black people, and probably not even mostly Black people.  He doesn't care about those (White) people, because he's a Republican and they're poor .. which means they are just expendable and unworthy of consideration in his eyes as any one of us would be.

And the reason the people of South Carolina keep putting these assholes in charge of the state is because they are White and the majority of those who vote them in are White, too!!  As well as poor, ignorant, and don't know no better!
You can expect just that type of racist attitude from ANY republican in South Carolina, especially from the lower part of South Carolina, especially Charleston. Don't get me wrong, now, there ARE some very good and wonderful white people in South Carolina (and in Chaleston) but it is usually this Andre Bauer type that usually hold political offices in the state, are on the police force, hold judges seats, etc., and Charleston has many poor whites to feed this b.s. to. South Carolina is a small state in the union, and usually, the smaller the state the less revenue it generates and with less revenue to work with you are going to have less money to spend on education. South Carolina is also a "right to work" state, which truly means that employees have no rights whatsoever and this leaves the employers in the position to dictate low wages and few benefits to its employees. Of course the majority of the state are poor whites who always vote away their rights and self-interests, and vote out of hatred for Blacks (and other minorities). Particularly, Charleston has an extremely large poor white population. Charleston is also at least 50% Black, but the Blacks in Charleston do not mobilize politically enough to help keep racist s.o.b.'s like Bauer out of politics.

Now don't go assuming that everyone in South Carolina is uneducated, unemployed, or poor, because actually some of the wealthiest Americans live in South Carolina and South Carolina has some very good Colleges and Universities and depending on the location, some very good k-12 schools. The problem is that racist politics dictate so much of what will or won't happen in South Carolina and the general population (which is more poor to middle class than rich) ususally suffer the consequences of electing racist so-called conservatives who get elected by playing on the racist mentalities in the state and using that as their stepping stone into and up the ladder in politics while doing nothing but continuously working against the very people that put them in office, you know they same way you see the republicans doing on the Federal level in politics.

But don't be fooled, Bauer meant every word ofwhat he said and was alluding to Black people and minorities in America, in fact if you research the history of most southern politicians, racism is the only thing that gets them elected in the first place. If it were not for their standing on a soap box spewing racism, you never would have heard of them.

However, I am extremely tired of racist white politicians using lies about Black people to move up politically and to poison the minds of everyone else against us. I think that they should be called on it each and every time the spew this ignorant, sadistic, sociopathic venom. When they make statements like that publicly, Black politicians should publicly rebuff such racist propaganda with facts and statistics that prove that what they are saying is a lie and/or what they are proposing is really going to hurt more white people than Black/minorities.

This is one of the reasons why S.C. political leaders did not want Gov. Mark Sanford to resign as Governor of S.C. with all his problems.

People I talk to in S.C. says that Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is far worse than Gov. Sanford (clearly evident by this shiggity)  and when Lt. Gov Bauer lobbied hard to get Sanford out so he can become interim Governor (which would give him a huge advantage come election time), many people of S.C. protested & state legislature rallied hard to keep Sanford in despite all his woes because they did not want Bauer in as interim Governor.

Interestingly for me, I happen to live in a very *Blue* city in a very *Red* state!  Houston has elected a Democrat as mayor and to the City Council and other elected positions for as long as I can remember.  And, in fact, we've had a couple of mayors who actually initiated local laws to counteract state laws that they felt were not in the best interest of the local citizens!!

However, I can't afford to forget that the state, itself, is a Republican stronghold!!  Houston overwhelmingly voted for Obama .. but the state was so "McCain" that they didn't even wait for all the districts to be counted before they declared that he had won it! 

Our psycho governor, who first turned down federal health care aid - dropping thousands of children from getting medical attention through the CHIPS program ... , and then refused federal aid for extending unemployment benefits for tens of thousands more Texans ... has now turned down federal aid that was to be earmarked for better education of our children!

They recently had a televised debate for candidates for Governor where they only involved the Republican candidates!  I'm sure a lot of people don't even know that a Democrat is running for the position!  And unless he gets an influx of  funds from the DNC to help him get his message out ... a lot of people (who aren't planning to go out to the polls and vote) probably never will! 

But all that missing federal aid is hurting more White children (and their parents) than Black or Hispanic.  Texas has a large Black middle class, most of the Hispanics here aren't legal, and the majority of cities around here are chocked full of poor, ignorant, country White people ...who wouldn't even know how to vote their best interests ... because I'm not convinced they even know what that is. 

It's unlikely that they're going to wise up any time soon.  Which means that this state is going to remain in trouble (as far as the good of it's citizens is concerned) for many, many, many years to come.  However, on the economic side, Texas has shown - and continues to show - a surplus on the books, when other states, especially many *Blue* ones, teeter on the brink of bankruptcy!  Which means the government and the fat cat corporations are well taken care of, satisfied and happy ... while its people are sick, out of work, and uneducated.

And as far as I can tell, it's going to remain that way, at least for the foreseeable future.
*chucks ladylike manners out the window*

Phukk South Carolina!

Let the inbred bastids secede again then occupy they stupid azzes.  They can't even be bothered to do a google search and learn that "welfare" is less than 2% of the federal budget while "defense" is 20% or more (if i recall correctly)????  Or that the trailer park contingent is eating a HEAP of free and reduced priced lunches?

Probably sitting there agreeing with this trash they have placed in elected office thinking "i'm glad to be white".  Boy will they be surprised when economic decline and possible collapse have them begging for a free lunch.

and seeing as how Charleston South Carolina was one of if not THE most active slave port in America...again i say...Phukk South Carolina!
Gee, NS ... you don't have to be shy!  You're among friends here ... why don't you just tell us how you REALLY feel about South Carolina!
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Blasted for Comments

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 

By: Denise Stewart,

Black political and civil rights leaders in South Carolina say Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer’s recent comments comparing poor people to stray animals is an example of how the politician presents different messages to different communities.

“When he’s in our community, he’s the professional baby kisser, and he visits black churches,” state Rep. Leon Howard, a Democrat from Columbia, told “But when he’s in places like Greenville, the crowd is different, and his message is not consistent.”

Bauer, a Republican who seeking to replace Mark Sanford as governor, has come under fire in recent days for the statements he made last Thursday during a town hall meeting.

"My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals," Bauer said. "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."
Dr. Lonnie Randolph, South Carolina president of the NAACP, called Bauer’s comments “inhumane and disrespectful.”
The NAACP president said it is sad when a person “seeking the highest elected office in the state doesn’t understand that people who are in need are supposed to be helped.”

"I am disgusted by these comments. They show an unbelievable lack of compassion toward the unemployed workers in our state who are hurting during these hard times," said state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Democrat who is also running for governor. "His comments were immoral and out of line."

South Carolina schools Superintendent Jim Rex, another Democratic candidate for governor, called Bauer's comments "reprehensible" and said he should apologize.
Bauer, one of at least three Republicans and five Democrats running for governor, said Monday that he regrets his choice of words, but maintains that government should expect welfare recipients to try to better themselves. He wants to require them to take drug tests and attend parent-teacher conferences if they have children in school.
A child of divorce who benefited from free lunches himself, Bauer insisted he wasn't bad-mouthing people laid off from work in the recession or advocating taking food from children, but rather emphasizing the need to break the cycle of dependency.

"Do I wish I'd used a different metaphor? Of course I do," the 40-year-old said. "I didn't intend to offend anyone."

Howard said Bauer’s comments will have a negative impact on his efforts to win black voters.

Bauer had gained favor among some blacks and senior citizens by introducing initiatives to address some of their concerns, Howard said, adding that his own father liked some of Bauer’s programs. But Bauer’s comments will cause him to lose ground, he said.

Others like Bauer’s message, Randolph told “You must remember when he made those remarks, he was talking in Greenville. That’s the home of Carroll Campbell, the modern day neo-conservative.”

Winthrop University political scientist Scott Huffmon said Bauer's words "came out as condescending and insulting," but his overall message about government dependency and personal responsibility will appeal to his evangelical Republican base.

State GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd, who is not taking sides in the race for the nomination, said the flap should be a lesson to everyone to "choose our words more carefully."

Randolph said while Bauer took aim at those who rely on some form public assistance, he apparently didn’t take into account the public benefits he receives.

“He doesn’t pay for gas. He has a state car. He receives benefits every day more than the average person in this state,” Randolph said.

“It’s a shame that he would want children to go to school and not have something to eat,” Randolph said.

“If we can go all around the world taking care of people in other countries, we ought to be able to take care of Americans,” Randolph said. “It’s a good thing he (Bauer) is not in charge of the Red Cross.”


Associated Press contributed to this story.

Again, it seems like when comments like these are made, you automatically have Black organizations going on the defensive ... AS IF, Black people are the only ones or the primary ones being affected!!

IMO, this just helps to feed into the stereotype that Black people are the biggest welfare recipients!! 

Not that I have a problem with the NAACP sticking up for those poor, Black South Carolinians who are affected by this kinda speech ... but, I think that if they would just set the (public) record straight a couple of times ... it might just be the thing that finally stops this myth from spreading in the first place!

As we know, White people calling out White people is just a no-no ... even if and when it is true!

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