Republican Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said yesterday that he regretted comments comparing people who take public assistance to stray animals.
In a speech at a town hall meeting over the weekend, Bauer said his grandmother, who was not highly educated, had told him to stop feeding stray animals.
"You know why? Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a human 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, a candidate for governor, said his intent was to explain that the government is "breeding a culture of dependency" with its social programs.
Bauer was widely criticized for the remarks. "Do I regret it? Sure I do. I wouldn't have to be taking this heat otherwise."
Should Lt. Gov. Bauer lose his jobs over these comments? Or do you agree with him?
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