Breaking News: Lt. Gov. Bauer Solves Childhood Obesity Problem

From The State:

GREENVILLE – Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has compared giving people government assistance to “feeding stray animals.”

Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, made his remarks during a town hall meeting in Fountain Inn that included state lawmakers and about 115 residents.

“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.

In South Carolina, 58 percent of students participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program.

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.


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.

“So how do you fix it? Well you say, ‘Look, if you receive goods or services from the government, then you owe something back.'”

And if you don’t give anything back, then your kids can starve to death.

GREENVILLE, SC (WIS) — Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is defending his comment which compared government assistance programs to “feeding stray animals.”


[…]Bauer’s comment drew nationwide controversy and criticism as soon as it was reported. On Saturday, Bauer defended his remarks at a gubernatorial forum in Columbia.

“There’s no way that I was trying to tie animals to people, but what I was trying to talk about is the dependency culture, and just like when you feed an animal, you create a dependency,” he said.

South Carolina’s Democratic Party chairwoman doesn’t buy Bauer’s explanation.

“Andre Bauer’s crude utterances once again reveal his immaturity and poor judgment,” responded Carol Fowler. “Bauer is a bachelor who has never once had to worry about feeding a child of his own. His notion of punishing children by not feeding them because their parents missed a PTA meeting flies in the face of basic South Carolina values.”

Fowler agrees that parents need to be more involved, but that parents should be educated by the school system to do so.


Democratic candidates have also come out to speak against Bauer.

State Superintendent Jim Rex says Bauer should apologize, stating “if his intent was to blame children, who are not responsible for their own predicaments … it is regrettable.”

Candidate Mullins McLeod said, “It amazes me how some Republican politicians claim a monopoly on Christianity and then go out and say and do some of the most un-Christian things imaginable.”

“I really think it’s deplorable that people are making this so political when they don’t have the backbone to find any solutions or any ways to change, just keep it the same,” said Fowler.

Here’s an idea–South Carolina can adopt Bauer’s idea, but he has to personally tell each kid face-to-face why s/he doesn’t deserve to be fed.

From Jay Bookman at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (blog):

Apparently, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer believes that we should try to starve the poor out of existence. Deprive them of food and they will cease breeding: Problem solved, neat as that.


For the moment, though, let’s set aside the pure viciousness of that statement and address what Bauer claims is his larger point. In effect, his thesis is that government assistance actually causes poverty because it subsidizes and encourages irresponsible actions.


Cut off those subsidies, in other words, and poverty will decrease.

In some circles, that’s a politically popular explanation for the problems of the underclass. So let’s take it seriously for a moment and try to test that analysis against what we know to be reality.

The first problem is history. Human poverty has existed in every culture and era, without exception. It is a constant of human existence, a pre-existing condition, so to speak. No matter what Bauer chooses to believe, government did not create it. South Carolina, for example, was mired in deep poverty long before school-lunch programs and welfare programs existed.

Second, if Bauer were right, we would expect that poverty would be lowest in those nations that do nothing to “subsidize bad behavior,” and highest in those countries where the government support system rewards such behavior. Yet if you look around the world, the opposite is true. Poverty levels are highest in those societies that make little attempt to address it, and lowest in those that offer some form of safety net.

We can also test Bauer’s thesis here at home, by comparing states that offer varying degrees of support for the poor. A liberal Northeastern state such as Connecticut, for example, offers a more extensive government support system to its poor than does a conservative state such as South Carolina. Mississippi offers even less support to its poor than does South Carolina. Put in Bauer’s terms, Connecticut rewards poverty while South Carolina and Mississippi try to penalize it.

If Bauer’s thesis is correct — if government support causes poverty — then Connecticut ought to be drowning in poor people while Mississippi has relatively few poor people. Yet in fact the exact opposite is true, and Census Bureau figures prove it. In Connecticut, which “subsidizes bad behavior” most heavily, 5.7 percent of families lived below the poverty line in 2007, while 16 percent did so in Mississippi, where poverty was least subsidized. (The figure in South Carolina was 11.2 percent; in Georgia it was 10.8 percent. And all those numbers are undoubtedly a lot higher in 2010.)


Nor does government assistance encourage “breeding,” as Bauer so cruelly described it. It is demographic fact that in every culture and in every era throughout history, poorer families tend to have more children than affluent families. The presence or absence of government support has nothing to do with it. By the way, Bauer’s dismay is also nothing new; in cultures throughout time, the more affluent have always been dismayed by those “breeders” in the lower classes.


Bauer did offer one concrete suggestion in his speech, proposing that parents be required to attend parent-teacher conferences and take drug tests or lose government benefits such as school lunch programs. If they want government benefits, he said, they should be required to act responsibly.

To any responsible person, that instinctively sounds great, but let’s think it through. The population that Bauer is attempting to target are by definition not responsible. They are parents who abuse drugs or simply don’t care enough about their children to ensure that they get a good education. Is that population going to change its behavior in response to a possible cutoff of free school lunches? Sadly, no. If they responded to that kind of thing, they wouldn’t be in that predicament in the first place.

And if you nonetheless go ahead and deny a free or subsidized lunch to a kid whose parents are on drugs, what have you accomplished? You condemn the child to hunger and malnutrition, heaping another significant problem on his or her already overburdened shoulders. You reduce the incentive for that child to go to school every day, where at least he or she knew food was available. And you make people like Andre Bauer feel better.

And here are some tidbits for you, kids. André’s real name? Rudolph Andreas Bauer. And he chooses to use André, accent mark and all. Not Andy, not Rudy, but André. Nah, he’s not gay. 🙄

Here’s the latest:

(CNN) – South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, under fire for drawing a comparison between needy people and “stray animals,” said Monday that he regrets his choice of words.

In a phone interview with CNN, Bauer, a Republican candidate for governor, said, “I wish I had used a different metaphor.” Bauer told an audience Friday that people receiving government assistance are like “stray animals” because “they breed” and “don’t know any better.”

“I never intended to tie people to animals,” he said, before opting for a kinder animal metaphor: “If you have a cat, if you take it in your house and feed it and love it, what happens when you go out of town?”

Noting that he has raised money for a group that protects animals, Bauer also said he is “not against animals.”

Two things, kids. One, he’s not sorry for saying that we should be starving poor children; he’s sorry if it sounded like he was dissing animals. He doesn’t want PETA all over his ass, and since there’s no People for the Ethical Treatment of Poor Kids (PETPK), this should tamp down the criticism. Two, check out the pic with Tom Cruise. Nah, definitely not gay. 🙄


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41 responses to “Breaking News: Lt. Gov. Bauer Solves Childhood Obesity Problem

  1. GreenApples

    Compassionate conservative, I suppose? How could anyone utter such?

  2. writechic

    Bwahahahahahahaha! 😆

    • writechic

      I laughed when I saw your title! And omg, the juxtaposition of that man and those poor babies is too much!

      Weaving in teh gays just makes this a masterpiece. 🙂

      • i kept googling and clicking on links, and the more i did, the more i threw in. the kicker was the pic with tom i’m not gay either cruise. 😆

        do you like the pic of the kids? i added the kid in the back and the dog, because it didn’t look quite sad enough. 😥

        • writechic

          I’m glad you did. It is properly sad! I was right between laughing and crying while I was taking in your work.

          I was bummed that Blingee didn’t have some orphans of color for my graphic. I haven’t checked the census yet on SC poverty numbers and the who’s who of poor people. I don’t imagine it’s much different than Alabama.

          Given the GOP’s awesome record on race relations, I have to wonder if Bauer was speaking good ol’ boy.

          • my sisters and i went up to the spartanburg area a few years ago. the difference between the poor and middle class neighborhoods was stark, and i don’t think i saw even one family of color in the good neighborhoods.

  3. This is really frightening stuff. Attacking the vulnerable is the most cowardly thing a politician can do and yet – they do it all the time.

    And the scary thing is that it often gets them votes. Blaming people for being poor – labelling them all cheats and drug addicts and claiming that they are all milking the welfare system seems to be resonate with a lot of frustrated middle class folks.

    It’s sad. And frightening.

    • writechic

      It’s sad. And frightening. Agreed.

      The last stats I saw on poverty say 94% of folks stop receiving assistance after one year. 96% after two years. Only 4% are considered what the study called “always poor.” Most of the people who were always poor had some disability. The majority of people who receive assistance have always been women and children (more children than women).

      Misanthropes have had a raging smear campaign going against the impoverished, I guess, my whole adult life with talk of welfare queens and cadillacs filling the lots of public housing.

      The last public housing place I visited had no cars in the lot and there was grass growing robustly through the cracks in the tar. No grass where the dirt was. There were no swings on the swing set. No slide coming off the ladder attached to the swing set. It was the picture of misery…until I met the people I was offering a ride to. They were full of smiles, hospitality, and cheerfulness in spite of being surrounded by so much bleakness.

      Bauer is callous and heartless. How he came to believe it’s okay to equate how we treat a fellow human being with how we treat an stray animal is uninteresting to me. That he can be as old as he is and still hold the belief, unconscionable.

    • maryyooch

      And a big reason for being unable to dig yourself out of poverty is because the big businesses haven’t given low level workers a raise in at least nine freakin years! People think they’ll start at an entry level position, be loyal, work their asses off, then hopefully they’ll either climb the ladder or at least get a yearly review with a raise.
      Hasn’t happened in a long, long time.
      Then they keep you working long hours, doing the job of two or three different people and still tell you they can’t afford another dollar an hour after you’ve done a great job.

      This started at the begining of Reagan’s Trickle down economics and got worse and worse over the years. It’s the wealthiest, who pay the least tax, who keep people in poverty.

      Compassionate Conservative, just like you said, is an oxymoron.
      I call bullshit on every rethuglican’t.

  4. andré, with his little accent mark over his e, is nothing but a cowardly bully. pick on people who can’t fight back. the poor don’t have a megaphone in this country, let alone in south carolina. as much as he’s being spanked (bet he likes that) for the stupidity and crassness of his remarks, the really scary thing is that you can bet that there are plenty of people out there who are nodding their agreement. if they aren’t succeeding, it can’t possibly be their own fault, so blame someone else. the poor are always handy to kick around.

    • Thanks, Nonnie! I don’t care if I was good (I inspired you) or I was lucky (you were going to do it anyway), but either way, I’m grateful you made this poster.

      As for picking on the vulnerable, there is a Republican candidate for Secretary of State (the agency that issues drivers licenses) in Michigan who is picking on transsexuals. I guess bashing ACORN wasn’t enough for him.

      • the poster was already made when you mentioned it, but you’re still good, neon vincent! 😀

        holy crap! is transgender people changing their drivers licenses a big problem in michigan? 😯 that’s what he chooses to campaign on? unfrickinbelievable! how much you wanna bet he wears panties under his suits?

        • “is transgender people changing their drivers licenses a big problem in michigan?”

          No. The current Secretary of State, who is also a Republican, has been allowing it for years. This guy must be doing it to pander to the teabaggers.

          “how much you wanna bet he wears panties under his suits?”

          He’s a Republican. It’s par for the course.

          • i love how these morans completely ignore the huge problems that are going on and focus on this picayune nonsense to please a small group of hateful people. they have no solutions that will affect people’s lives in a good way, so they resort to this crap.

            p.s. i bet his panties have skidmarks.

  5. André should change his last Name to “Potter”.

    Starving children are stray animals???

    Drug test parents to kick kids off free lunch programs???
    This guy makes as much sense as a rubber crutch.

    Better check the stew pot on his stove.
    Let’s hope the secret’s not in the sauce.

  6. Spot on Non! These well to do types have no trouble preaching that 1980 crap that their godman espoused: “If you give hungry children subsidized breakfast and/or lunch at school, how will they ever strive and pull themselves up by the bootstraps”. This was during the big debate, back when Reagan walked the earth in his human form. They can’t understand some of us don’t have boots, much less straps. If Bauer keeps making such crass remarks he might want to consider wearing an armband, leather strap, and an honor weapon.

    • maybe we should stop picking on poor andré and his little accent over the e. after all, it’s not like his father was a gazillionaire. he was just a tax attorney, and i’ll bet poor little andré and his little accent over the e had to go to bed without dessert occasionally.

  7. maryyooch

    What an asshole! I hope he loses when re-election time rolls around and he can’t find a job.
    I hope he has to apply for food stamps buy gets turned down because he makes $2.00 over the poverty level.
    Karma is what this rethug needs to happen, and happen as quickly as possible.

    Is it just me or are they getting worse? The rethugs who call themselves ‘Christian’. I’d love to be there if he should ever come face to face with Jesus.

    • even if he loses, and i suspect he will for reasons other than this macaca moment, he’ll still skate by, just like the other sleazy pols do. if nothing else, he’ll appear on dancing with the stars or celebrity apprentice. maybe he’ll even be the next bachelor! i might watch it for the first time just to see him trying not to be revolted by having to kiss women.

  8. 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.

    Dre’ needs to spend a day in the dysfunctional, life of some of these kids he wants us to stop feeding. The stinking poverty some of these kids are raised in is an insidious disease. There are often drug/alcohol /domestic violence /mental health issues at home that interfere with things like eating dinner, practicing restraint, getting to bed before 2;00 a.m. and responding appropriately to authority figures. They come to school dirty, smelly unrested and hungry. They’ll get mocked for their hygiene, their clothes, their special class placements, their failure to present themselves as well dressed and in control. It’s never been a breaking news story that poverty stinks up the educational testing scores. I can only ask ironically what, specific contribution would Dre’ like from these kids cause they’re pretty well tapped out. (sound of my soapbox creaking as i step down off of it…) This has been the milieu my entire professional career and one of the issues that brings me to fists and/or tears quicker than others.

    • it’s called kicking kids when they’re down. it never occurred to andré and his little accent mark that kids don’t think very well when they’re tired, hungry, abused, and/or neglected. some of the parents are doing the best they can, and it’s difficult to get to a pta meeting when you have no transportation or when you have to work 2 or 3 jobs. some of them are too sick. are some of them just lazy? sure, but why do their kids have to suffer for the sins of their parents?

  9. After Joe Wilson, Mark Sanford, and Andre Bauer, I have to wonder … Is it too late to reconsider the whole secession thing?

    Maybe we should have just let them go.

    • hello wken,

      welcome to the raisin! 😀

      i’m with you. let south carolina secede, and let them take texas with them. they can call themselves the teabag confederacy. of course, before those citizens who are still able to think rationally should be allowed to leave before the secession.

      p.s. good luck with your new blog, wken!

      hey, hold on a second….is that you, wickle? i recognize that gravatar!!

      • Yep. Sorry … I’m in the process of changing identities and forgot which one was logged in.

        • no worries. i was just laughing at myself, because i kept going from the dashboard page with the comments over here, and i was disconnecting the gravatar from the name. i clicked over to wken’s comment, and then when i went back to the dashboard page, i saw your gravatar, and clicked over here, looking for wickle. it just wasn’t making sense, and then it finally dawned on me that the gravatar was with the wken comment, and i had to edit my comment.

      • GreenApples

        Wait! wait!
        I’m in Texas and can’t leave due to circumstances. Some of ous need free passage to a blue state.

  10. i have the perfect 2012 ticket

    Andre Bauer/Cynthia “let them eat at McDonalds” Davis

    and they can be sponsored by Archer Daniels Midland

  11. Joanaroo

    I was talking to my uber liberal (like me) doctor friend, who finds speech like Andre’s horrendous. So my friend, Dr. Heywood U. Kutcherpeckeroff has come up with the idea of mandatory birth control for Rethugs: breeders, Tea Baggers, Mississippi Diddlies, Racist Rebels and Yahoo Yanks, etc. to keep the gene pool from getting more polluted and intellectually stunted. His South African cousin has the same feeling about the faux Christian GOP. His name, Kristiaans Kutcherpeckeroff.

  12. Joanaroo

    This idiot not only is as compassionate as Pol Pot, but he’s like the supposed Christian fuckhead neighbors I have who when I was rescuing neighborhood homeless cats, did more bitching than any helping or caring. They went to our councilperson (a liberal-thank goodness) who said the hypocrites couldn’t come to me but to him, and he said he saw my point, but was afraid they may get more legally involved. So I had to stop but by then I had rescued all the gentle, adoptable cats and found good homes for all. As for the Christers, they all go to pro-GOP churches so fuck them and the bibles they have shoved up their asses!

    • i have to wonder how hard andre has worked in his life. that is, when he wasn’t speeding in his car, getting into accidents, threatening cops, and crashing planes.

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