Hot News: S.C. Lt. Gov. Bauer compares poor people to stray animals?

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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Comment by Shalia Marie Anderson on January 30, 2010 at 1:17pm
To Dionne:
I could not have stated it any better. You hit the nail on the head. Congratulations, My Sister.
Comment by Shalia Marie Anderson on January 30, 2010 at 1:14pm
No! No! No!, Lt. Gov. Bauer should not lose his job.. Why try to make this into something that it is not? Racism did not come into play... The man simply served up the truth and put in on the table, what we need to do is to digest it as it is.. He is absolutely right. Abled bodied males and females engaging in the practice of being gainfully employed by the system.. year after year after year. When does it stop? The system is designed to help until one can do better, it is not designed to be a life style for anyone who is able. If you are able to go to the mailbox and receive a check and go to the bank, you are able to go to the mailbox and receive your electric bill without the assistance of a utility check. People this is real, this is really real for tax payer who cannot provide for their own families but are being forced through taxes to take care of someone else's family. If this be the case, I would like to choose the family that I assist... When a female has one child and cannot provide, why would she continue to have more children without any solid means of supporting the children or herself?, Answer is: She has learned the cycle of assistance... this is wrong! Said female now has 7 children that every tax payer supports, can I claim these children on my tax return? I know it sounds as if I am not a helping person, I am, but, only to a point... I reached my point too many years ago. Why not have receivers tested for drug use? Too many would fail... failing on our tax dollars, why not put these mothers and fathers into programs that pull them away from the system and push them toward being productive individuals? why not? Why jump this man for stating something that all of us reaslly feel.. come on people, if you got offended, get over it.... " Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, Teach a man to fish and you feed him and his family for a lifetime."
Comment by Milford Woodard on January 28, 2010 at 11:13am
Have you notice that since Obama became president, there have been an out break of regretful comments. Its like I said, thats how they really feel. Saying I'm sorry for the comment is like saying "oops".
Comment by Dionne on January 27, 2010 at 7:44pm
No he shouldn't loose his job. He was totally right. And for the record, he wasn't reffering to black people. He was speaking about the deadbeat dads and baby mamas sucking up all our tax dollars. He may not have sugar coated it the way everyone else has in the past, but it needed to be said. I'm a black female with a college degree, my own house, career, two cars, motorcycle and no kids. I just got married a year ago. I have seen classmates grow up on welfare and continue to live on it as adults in the the same apartments with their parents. Now they have their own children who are living off the system. This is what he was speaking about. I'm proof that it is not hard to get up, get out, and get something. I've been on my own since I was 16 years old. I worked fulltime and put myself through school. I didn't have responsible parents to help me. My parents had me and my siblings when they were young. I was determined to be someone. I never applied for welfare, nor did I have children before I could afford them. It can be done, but people have to stop making excuses and blaming other people for their misfortunes. If you were offended by his comment, then you are probably who he was talking about. A hit dog will bark. S.C may be a poor state, but I have seen the mess people up north live in. I could sit their apartments in my livingroom. All SC black people are not poor nor on welfare.
Comment by Mary Stuart on January 27, 2010 at 5:13pm
He has the nerve to be in public talking about human beings who can't help themselves, I hope one day he can live in their shoes and then see who this country keeps down. We all struggle from time to time and GOd forbid it should happen to one of his loved ones.
Comment by ryan noel on January 27, 2010 at 12:31pm
Yeah he should lose his job.We don't have any time for some fake gov trying to say what he feels at that time.
Comment by black samurai on January 27, 2010 at 12:29pm
I agree with the fact that political correctness is killing this country. He said what he felt, but par for the course he is back peddling now.

I understand the point behind making parents go to parent teacher conferences, but I don't think the government should have to mandate parental action, love should. I applaud his honesty and think he should keep his job.

Whether or not you are upset by them, his words bear some truth and it's not a point of he can't say that or they can't say that; is he right?
Comment by ryan noel on January 27, 2010 at 12:28pm
He shouldnt have said it,even if it true or not......
Comment by A'daila on January 27, 2010 at 5:38am
Should Lt. Gov. Bauer lose his jobs over these comments?.... Absolutely! one is safe from adversity...or challenges..... it's a very mean thing to say and he should be FIRED from his "People Serving Job" cannot have this type of job serving people..... with a mindset like this....
Comment by Mary Stuart on January 27, 2010 at 1:27am
He is so far out there what is the problem with people getting infornt of cameras and being mean and uncaring. I think they all need something to happen to somene in their family then they would see things differently


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