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http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2010/01/25/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry6139186.shtml

South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, who hopes to succeed fellow Republican Mark Sanford as his state's governor, drew a comparison between government help for poor people and "feeding stray animals" – who, he noted, "breed."



"My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals," Bauer said during a town hall meeting, as the Greenville News reported over the weekend. "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."

As the Greenville News notes, more than half of the students in South Carolina participate in a program that allows them to get their lunch for free, or at a reduced cost.

Bauer later said he wasn't saying those who receive government help "were animals or anything else."

He added that his metaphor was taken out of context, WSOCTV reports, and added that "maybe the stray animals wasn't the best metaphor."

Bauer made the comment as part of an argument that people should lose government benefits if they fail drug tests or don't attend parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings.

"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," he said. In a follow-up story, the Greenville News reports that Bauer said "he would penalize only adults and that he never advocated taking away a child's free or reduced-price lunch. His speech was about breaking the cycle of dependence on government aid, he said."

During the town hall meeting, Bauer said he "can show you a bar graph where free and reduced lunch has the worst test scores in the state of South Carolina." He added: "So how do you fix it? Well you say, 'Look, if you receive goods or services from the government, then you owe something back.'"

South Carolina Democrats responded harshly to the comments, and there were calls for Bauer to apologize and to drop his gubernatorial bid. Some in his own party were also critical, with Republican state Rep. Harry Cato saying Bauer "has gone overboard."
 

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I think he has taken "dumbass" to a whole new level.

Maybe someone needs to quit feeding him, because... you know we don't want "dumbass" to breed and produce bigger dumbasses.
 

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Well, I pulled in my plate of food off my back patio today. I had been feeding the feral poor people, but I had no idea they weren't spayed or neutered.
 

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What an idiotic thing to say.

I wonder if he goes to PTO meetings? We live in a mid-upper middle class area, and there are all of 10-20 parents that attend our PTO meetings. It's always the same group of us doing the volunteer activities for the school.
 

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Clearly another case of the mouth being in "Drive" when the brain was in "Neutral".

I always thought all of our problems were due to tags on hair dryers warning against using them in the shower. It's nice to learn something new everyday.
 

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Certainly not classy, but other states have their representatives such as good ol Barney Frank, and of course let's not forget Queen Nancy herself. But I digress. I would think anyone running for a high profile office would know better than to make a statement like this. I mean, surely a politician should know to carefully select their words to convey their meaning in a diplomatic way without saying something like this.
 
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