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January 26th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

SC: Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer Controversial Comments on Poor Students

At a forum, the Lt. Governor spoke out in favor of finding ways to break the government’s cycle of handouts and dependency.

He even went on to compare poor students to animals.

Below is some of what he said during his speech:

…But the problem is, there are so many folks now that don’t have to do a thing. In government we continue to reward bad behavior. Any time we give somebody money, we’re telling them to keep doing what they’re doing.”

…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 person ample food supply they’ll reproduce. Especially one that don’t think too much further than that and so what you got to do is curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.

Bauer says he stands by the message, but would probably use a different metaphor.

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