Lt. Gov. of South Carolina: "Don't feed the poor. They'll 'breed.'"

"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," Bauer said, according to the Greenville News. "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."

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Hypatia on 01/25/2010 23:44

“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


Well, that should teach 'em - how dare they be human and in need. There must be repercussions for that!

Bauer's remarks came during a speech in which he said government should take away assistance if those receiving help didn't pass drug tests or attend parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings if their children were receiving free and reduced-price lunches.


He says this as if all other parents are attending PTA meetings and undergoing drug tests. I didn't see any where in the article where he thinks all parents should be involved in PTA and also pass drug screens. Oh, but wait, only poor parents do drugs and have children who under perform in school.

He said government hasn't made requirements to make those receiving aid be more responsible.

“They can continue to have more and more kids and the reward is there's more and more money in it for them.”

Instead, he said the government should place incentives in its welfare programs such as providing child care so parents can work or receive education so they can break the welfare cycle.


Child care while parents work and/or attend school is a great idea and would be tremendously helpful, I'm sure. I too think there needs to be some kind of 'limits', if you will, to people having more children while they're on assistance. For example, only children already born or about to be born would be covered when someone goes on assistance - any children conceived and born after going on assistance would not be covered. Perhaps not a perfect, or even great idea, but it is an idea.

In my view the majority of what Mr. Bauer is proposing would do no more than lead to hungrier, homeless families and go far in marginalizing the poor and making them stand out in society in a way that can serve no good purpose.

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kacir on 02/12/2010 11:15

There should be population control. This person actually have a good point. It seems the less educated the people, the more kids they have. There should be zero money for the parents of such kids. All the money should be spend on the kids themself - namely education.

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