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Cali Chik 01-28-2010 08:25 AM

Poor ppl are comparable to Stay animals?
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...012503130.html

SC politician's welfare comments called `immoral'


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By SEANNA ADCOX
The Associated Press
Monday, January 25, 2010; 10:47 PM


COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When things looked their darkest for Gov. Mark Sanford - when he was in danger of being impeached for running off to Argentina to see his mistress - his best insurance policy may well have been South Carolina's lieutenant governor, Andre Bauer.
Lawmakers knew if they removed Sanford, they would end up with Bauer, a fiercely ambitious Republican with a reputation for reckless and immature behavior.
Now Bauer has folks shaking their heads again, after he likened government assistance to the poor to feeding stray animals.
At a town hall meeting Thursday, Bauer, who is running for governor in his own right now that Sanford is term-limited, said: "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."
Democrats and others railed at him.
"I am disgusted by these comments. They show an unbelievable lack of compassion toward the unemployed workers in our state who are hurting during these hard times," said state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Democrat who is also running for governor. "His comments were immoral and out of line."
South Carolina schools Superintendent Jim Rex, another Democratic candidate for governor, called Bauer's comments "reprehensible" and said he should apologize.
Bauer said Monday that he regrets his choice of words but that government should expect welfare recipients to try to better themselves. He wants to require them to take drug tests and attend parent-teacher conferences if they have children in school.
A child of divorce who benefited from free lunches himself, Bauer insisted he wasn't bad-mouthing people laid off from work in the recession or advocating taking food from children, but rather emphasizing the need to break the cycle of dependency.

"Do I wish I'd used a different metaphor? Of course I do," the 40-year-old said. "I didn't intend to offend anyone."
Bauer has long been a love-him-or-hate-him figure in South Carolina politics. A nonstop campaigner and self-described workaholic, he was the youngest elected lieutenant governor in the country when he first won the No. 2 spot in 2002 at age 33.
Before his 2006 re-election, he shattered his heel when the single-engine plane he was piloting ran into power lines, crashed and caught fire. Bauer's office said the maintenance company that overhauled the engine botched the job. Court records show that a federal administrative law judge in June fined the company for returning the plane with incorrect bolts.

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RedCatWaves 01-28-2010 10:36 AM

Southern White Male Republican usually equals Racist. Do we expect something different from these guys?

Cali Chik 01-28-2010 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by RedCatWaves (Post 1240008)
Southern White Male Republican usually equals Racist. Do we expect something different from these guys?

A large percentage of ppl on welfare are white single mothers tho lol.

wild~hair 01-28-2010 11:35 AM

I always find it weird when someone who benefited from this kind of support as he apparently did turns around and denounces it.

I really don't identify with that mentality. I kind of have this theory that suffering is supposed to make you more empathetic to others suffering. When it doesn't have that effect, it's confusing to me.

susancnw 01-28-2010 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Cali Chik (Post 1240087)
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Originally Posted by RedCatWaves (Post 1240008)
Southern White Male Republican usually equals Racist. Do we expect something different from these guys?

A large percentage of ppl on welfare are white single mothers tho lol.

That depends on the state demographics. But that was a completely reprehensible remark on her part.

What about this comment by Chris Matthews after the SOTU address last night?

Stupid? Yes.
Deplorable? Yes.
Racist?Yes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_v_IOCSsQM

MichelleBFT 01-28-2010 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Cali Chik (Post 1240087)
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Originally Posted by RedCatWaves (Post 1240008)
Southern White Male Republican usually equals Racist. Do we expect something different from these guys?

A large percentage of ppl on welfare are white single mothers tho lol.

Well, yeah, that's news from the files marked "Duh."

But white southern republicans often don't know this, or intentionally ignore this. They seem to think that if you let people use the system, they'll abuse it. What they don't understand is that the people who abuse the system are a very small fraction, while most people use it when they need it and then work hard to never need it again. So what, we should eliminate the system because some people abuse it? That hardly seems fair to those who use it properly, and my guess is that the people who would abuse it would find other way to scam someone or some organization so no problem would be solved.

lapushka 01-28-2010 12:16 PM

I could say lots of things, but all I really want to say is this: what an ass! Okay, so his grandmother said the words. Doesn't he have a mind of his own, to at least realize that what she said is so horrible that you most certainly should not repeat it as a politician?

Trenell 01-28-2010 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by susancnw (Post 1240145)

Stupid? Yes.
Deplorable? Yes.
Racist?Yes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_v_IOCSsQM

Link not working. If it is the comment about forgetting he was black, then :

nope.

well, mabe stupid because he should have known that although people may have understood what he said, they'd still spin it.

wild~hair 01-28-2010 12:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Trenell (Post 1240191)
well, mabe stupid because he should have known that although people may have understood what he said, they'd still spin it.

Yeah, I overheard that. While I was thinking about whether or not I agreed with him [about Obama being post-racial], I also thought, "Oh, man, people are going to have a field day with this one."

Cali Chik 01-28-2010 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by susancnw (Post 1240145)
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Originally Posted by Cali Chik (Post 1240087)
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Originally Posted by RedCatWaves (Post 1240008)
Southern White Male Republican usually equals Racist. Do we expect something different from these guys?

A large percentage of ppl on welfare are white single mothers tho lol.

That depends on the state demographics. But that was a completely reprehensible remark on her part.

What about this comment by Chris Matthews after the SOTU address last night?

Stupid? Yes.
Deplorable? Yes.
Racist?Yes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_v_IOCSsQM

yes it was stupid and racist. I know what he meant by it and it was still racist.

And I heard Fox news say that whole "Post racial era) bullsh*t. Wtf does that even mean? That after Obama was elected that racism ceased to exist?

Myradella3 01-28-2010 07:44 PM

Was it a senator from S.C. who listed a high African American (or black or Negro) population as the negatives of his state?

Cali Chik 01-29-2010 07:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Myradella3 (Post 1240891)
Was it a senator from S.C. who listed a high African American (or black or Negro) population as the negatives of his state?

damn I didn't hear about that one!


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