GOP candidate: Get your poor spayed or neutered
Wow. It’s not often that you get to hear what a politician actually thinks. Behind those carefully selected words and sound bites, there actually be a functioning brain. How highly functioning is another question, as André Bauer, lieutenant governor and candidate for governor in South Carolina, showed us this week.
Bauer likened the poor on public assistance to stray animals. Yes, that’s right. Read (and weep):
“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals,” Bauer told a Greenville-area crowd. “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.”
It’s so outrageous that it’s almost hard to be outraged. I’m nearly stumped. I’m sure Bauer’s campaign manager’s head exploded upon hearing it.
Bauer, a Christian, said his comments were made out of love and compassion and has not apologized. Funny, I thought conservative Christians didn’t believe in Darwin’s theory of natural selection.
So, I guess when the poor do breed, we should just stop feeding them? Or I guess send them to the pound and gas them to death when we can’t find anything else to do with them?
Oh, wait. We already do that.