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Andre Bauer: How Not To Win An Election


South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer made some, errr, interesting remarks at a town-hall meeting on Friday:
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.
Cue the needle scraping across the record.

Maybe someone should let Mr. Bauer know that 'they' vote.

Now, I will concede that I highly doubt that the Lieutenant Governor was saying that people on welfare (or government assistance) are animals who 'don't think too much further' than eating and reproducing. BUT, the perception is there -- and that's not good for an election.

Whatever your opinion on welfare and government assistance programs, it is probably best if you don't make this type of comparison. Natch.

Head nod: ThinkProgress