S.C. Lt. Governor Bauer Compares Poor People to Stray Cats

South Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is being ridiculed for a recent speech where he appears to compare poor people to stray cats and connect having “ample food supply” to increasing welfare demand.

Here is the key quote:

“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.”

Perhaps his grandma should have also told him not to quote her on this one.

Almost sixty percent of kids in South Carolina participate in free or reduced cost lunches. Bauer insists that those free lunches appear to be driving down test scores:

“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.’”

I just hope that he does not read this blog and see the availability of haggis in a can for lunchroom cafeterias, here.

By the way, have you noticed that the number of truly moronic statements goes up dramatically with the free availability of microphones. I can show you a bar graph where politicians near free mics have the worst ideas in any state.

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212 thoughts on “S.C. Lt. Governor Bauer Compares Poor People to Stray Cats”

  1. Thanks ECookie. That was good.

    Swartzmore mom. I suppose we act alike we look alike and then we end up in airplanes wondering how the hell we got there to start with. Swoossshhhh

  2. Swarthmore mom,

    Here’s our secret


  3. Empirecookie,

    I’m beginning to wonder if this blawg really exists. Somedays I think you’re a pretty little girl with underlying endocrine disorder, and other days, I think you’re a cat that possesses the cure for male pattern baldness.

  4. I’m surprised nobody has guessed that AY and I are the same person. You guys are really off your game.

  5. “What got my attention is when Duh underwent a personality change yesterday.”

    Please direct me to this “personality change”. If I can stop laughing long enough, I’d like to read it.

    The name of the thread, and the time will do.

  6. Swarthmore mom,

    You caught me. I mean us. I have created a set of responses that can be adapted to any situation. I am a chameleon. I (we) are not from your planet. We are here to take over your planet and eat your elderly. (Yes! Contrary to popular belief, the elderly are tastier and more tender than your children). The only question that remains, is; Am I (we) from earth, or are you? :>)

  7. I really do not pay that much attention to all the different characters. What got my attention is when Duh underwent a personality change yesterday. Ay is more observant of these different characters than I am.

  8. You could have them pre-typed on different devices. Bdaman’s was very short at 3:58. You do this all day. One would think you have some skills.

  9. It’s like trying to explain to a child that the boogey-man exists only in their imagination. Eventually you give up on reason, and let them spend the night in your bed.

  10. AY and Swarthmore mom,

    bdaman posted comments at 3:56 and 3:58. I posted a comment at 4:00. Do you really think those comments, with the depth of discussion involved could be produced by one person? If you do, you must then attribute a superior skillset to the one author.

  11. There you go AY send an e-mail to the professor and ask him to compare IP addresses for me and DUH. ask him to do it. Then you can scratch Duh off your list, then we can move to the next name.

  12. “You accused me yesterday of posting under another screen name.”

    No he didn’t, AY. I did (well sort of). I said that the timing of your return to posting for the day coincided with the tone of the comment.

    I continually object to personal attacks; no matter the source. I enjoy lively debate, and I enjoy the gift of another’s opinion. There is no reason to personally attack those with whom you disagree. As I pointed out, Madison acknowledged that we are fallable. You and I are both fallable.

    Be respectful of the opinion of others, and you should expect them to do the same. Sly remarks presented with the intent to stir the pot are the efforts of children.

    I am not, nor have I ever been “bdaman”. If your mind thinks we are one in the same, the fault lies in your perception. Dismiss it and move on. Engage in respectful debate. I welcome you, and I think most of the others do to. Look around. As of late, the debate has been civil. Because of this, others aren’t intimidated, and the result is better understanding of each other.

  13. P.S. I’m not looking for anybody to cut somebody any slack.

    Hey look, I changed it from little b to big B does that count.

  14. AY it’s all good. I wasn’t here when somebody took on a close comparison or posted as Patty C. All I know is that Patty C sent the professor an e-mail then the professor busted who ever was doing it. If you feel that I’m somebody else posting under somebody else then tell somebody else cause this somebody doesn’t worry about what somebody else thinks of somebody else.

    He said that she said about what he said then she said something about what he said. No what I’m sayin.

  15. Bdaman,

    Before you are cut any slack and that is from others statements to you as well. You have a lot to show the regulars that you are not many, no take that back a compunction of many various screen names causing havoc.

    But then again, Billy had no remorse, Scott Strump had no regrets. At one time or another many of us have befriended you only to get slapped around with your trollism.

    If this was innocent and somehow I really doubt it do the right thing from today on. But when having the appearance of many and various screen personalities you tell me. Would you believe me? You accused me yesterday of posting under another screen name. I presumed it was you messing around again, Wayne.

  16. Bob Esq.,

    I’d be in 100% agreement if the newspapers, or news stations, or even the local news was not a political power in and of itself. I’ll be damned if I can tell the difference between news and opinion.

    I think the corporation will suffer if it backs the wrong candidate. I may be wrong, but I don’t think we’re going to see as many corporations get involved as you may think. I think it is much more likely to see unions involved than corporations.

    I’d like to revisit this after the 2010 elections.

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