Starve the Poor

Having possibly just listened to the Aerosmith song “Eat the Rich”, SC Lt Gov. Andre Bauer recently made some (ehem) interesting comments about the poor:

“”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.”

Uh, wow. I mean, I know this has sort of been the unofficial Republican party stance for years now, but still, to come right out and say it. That’s uh, I mean…Wow. But its OK, because now apparently he ‘regrets’ it.

I’m not really sure what to say here.

10 Responses to “Starve the Poor”

  1. Pitt says:

    In the second article, he talks about breaking the cycle of dependency and that sort of thing- which I agree with. Its just interesting that politicians, in trying to say something logical and sensible, so often just end up sticking both feet in their mouth.

  2. matt says:

    Sadly, even in the first article, he made some good points.

    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.

    “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.’

    As in so many instances, the stupid thing he said first – comparing children on reduced-lunch programs to stray animals – is going to completely overshadow any good points he makes. Possibly forever.

  3. Pitt says:

    There are larger issues here. For example, he wants to take away the free lunch program from students whose parents don’t attent PTA meetings. This sounds all well and good…until you think about the single parent who’s working a night job to keep the family afloat. And then realize they’ll be fired if they take off work.

    He also mentions drug testing of welfare recipients- something Dan’s mentioned before. Of course, the privacy proponents will be all over this- never mind that its taxpayer dollars being used to help people who would otherwise starve. Guess what? My employer can drug test me whenever they want (company policy) and I can refuse if I want- I just have to then start looking for another job.

  4. matt says:

    @Pitt

    I don’t necessarily agree with his approach, but I do agree with his idea that stimulating parental involvement in education is key to the kids’ future.

    Education is a powerful tool. It’s why I live better than my father did at my age, and why he lived better than his father at my age. Because we each had Dad breathing down our necks about school. If parents don’t care about it, the kids don’t care about it, and the chances of moving out of poverty take a serious hit.

  5. Adam says:

    I agree with everything said above including letting them starve. I beleive in sterilization for welfare. If you can’t support your self you should not reproduce at my expence. This might not be politicly correct but I don’t care. I’m tired of being penilized for being raised with a blue collar work ethic. We made to much to get a grant for buying a house, When my dad got laid off in the 80s he made to much for us to get redused lunches. I’m not against helping those who fall on hardtimes, but there needs to be more out put for my money. The programs where you get a hand out should require some form of comunity service. Something to motivate them to get out of the system, scrubbing public toilets, picking up trash, shoveling sidewalks.

  6. Dan says:

    I’ve tried to type a comment about ten times, and every time I’ve found myself agreeing with the world’s worst dictators more and more. I’m going to quit before I get started.

  7. matt says:

    “You sound like Stalin.”
    “You mean Tim Stalin, down in Accounting?”
    “Yes, that’s exactly who I mean when I say ‘Stalin’. Idiot.”

  8. Pitt says:

    You guys are the world’s worst democrats, ever. Which is probably why I agree with all of you.

  9. Dan says:

    I’ve got one! I’ve got something that doesn’t make me sound like Uncle Darth Saddam bin-Hitler.

    Okay…an aspect of this that I find particularly disgusting and distressing is how it opens the floodgates for other politicians to ring the Liberty Bell and declare his comments “immoral and out of line.” [Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who happens to be an affiliate of the opposite party and happens to be running for Governor]

    No, that wasn’t the best metaphor to use. But to jump all over him for his choice of words rather than try to address the *issue* that he’s talking about…that makes Sheheen sounds petty and ridiculous. Like a child in a playground screaming match, or a YouTube commenter who is losing a flame war so he attacks his opponent’s grammar. This is why we can’t fix any actual issues in this country, because as soon as somebody tries to address the problem you get 4 or 5 vultures that want to come off their high horse and criticize the wording.

  10. BrianN says:

    If it’s any consolation to the Lt. Gov, we had a speaker here a little while ago who used the same metaphor to describe changes in government funding in science. Most thought it was accurate, and no-one got upset.

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