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Jan. 24 2010 - 10:28 am | 11,427 views | 2 recommendations | 17 comments

GOP candidate: People on public assistance ‘like stray animals’

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South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, has compared giving people government assistance to “feeding stray animals.”

“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.

Yes, they don’t know any better, do they?

It’s also considered culturally acceptable to euthanize suffering animals, so maybe that’s Bauer’s next idea for “helping” poor people. South Carolina can call the death chambers “Grandma Bauer’s Self-Sufficiency Ranch.”

The timing of Bauer’s comments is especially questionable considering that the state is currently experiencing the nation’s worst-ever recession, and has reported its jobless rate is now 12.6 percent. South Carolina is one of the poorest states, and also one of the most religious (as are most poor states, a trend also prevalent in poor countries). More than ever, South Carolinians need public assistance to survive.

Furthermore, it was Bauer and his fellow Republicans who have been in control while economic conditions in South Carolina have deteriorated and left more than 600,000 citizens jobless, the Miami Herald points out. If the government can’t provide jobs, and Bauer is telling them to be self-sufficient, then why are South Carolinians voting for candidates like him? What good is a politician who doesn’t want to help his constituents?

“It amazes me how some Republican politicians claim a monopoly on Christianity and then go out and say and do some of the most un-Christian things imaginable,” Charleston attorney Mullins McLeod, who participated in a candidates forum in Columbia along with Bauer Saturday, said to MH. “… Bauer’s comments are despicable and the total opposite of the Christian values Bauer espouses.”

A Christian hypocrite? Perish the thought.

“This is out of love and compassion,” Bauer said. “If I have to take a hit, then fine. … I will take short-term pain for long-term gain.”

Ah, compassionate conservatism. First Bush and now Bauer. Just remember, while he’s plunging the knife into your back, he’s doing it out of love.


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    Doesn’t Bauer live off of the taxpayers, too….?

    According to WIKI Bauer has been living off the taxpayers for the past 14 years…..

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    Bauer’s grandma is wrong: Stray animals don’t act like tribbles, a mythical creatre that breeds when fed. If instead of feeding them you take away their food like today’s “compassionate conservatives” do, the stray animals will eat fat, stupid people like Bauer and his grandma.

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    Just shows how the repubs perceive the poor like “disgusting useless animals”

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    Another idiot politician from South Carolina making another moronic statement. What’s new? Your sure making your S.C citizens proud of you.. although sad to say, my quick joke is probably reality.

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    One more bubba whose god-besotted red state has been on the federal dole for my half-century on earth and longer. I say we take Dixie and the rest of the sun belt off of the dole until Bauer and his kindred stop breeding. Remember, sending them your hard-earned Yankee dollars only encourages them!

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    Perhaps Lt. Gov. Bauer should contemplate posing nude for Cosmo. Maybe then we could take him seriously too.

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    “It’s also considered culturally acceptable to euthanize suffering animals, so maybe that’s Bauer’s next idea for “helping” poor people. ”
    You’re thinking is right on and that is where the next person I quote lead to: “…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ’spawning… human beings who never should have been born.” Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people.
    Margaret Sanger is one of the founders of Planned Parenthood- their mission was originally Eugenics.
    Bauer, while sounding self righteous, is far far from suggesting Eugenics which is what many on the Left support by loving their abortion rights.

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