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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.

Post your comments and Kyra will read some of your responses on CNN Newsroom beginning at 10amet

soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Gerry

    Talkk about a Death Panel. Comparing people to strays and not allowing them to breed. How sick is that man?

    January 26, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  2. Sue in Florida

    Apparently the Klan is alive and well in South Carolina. Glad I don't live there, but if I did that sorry excuse for a human would never be in any political office.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  3. Rich Gager

    Kyra Phillips – CNN Live,

    South Carolina apparently has suffered another political implosion akin to 13.7 on the "Richter Scale".
    Two possible solutions:
    Allow South Carolina to seced from the union; or in Lt. Governor Bauer's case based on his suggestion – do not feed his campaign bank account thereby not allowing him to breed. That may be a similar message his grandmother was telling him about.


    January 26, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  4. Bob

    Why harass him when he makes a valid point? Unless you enjoy your tax money paying for low / no income 'citizens', it makes no sense to draw attention away from his message......he was brave enough to speak out about it and should be support.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  5. richard buendia

    Kyra: lt gov bauer un educated as his grandmother.iam sorry for the people of south carolina. If this man becomes gov there , hitler has a friend today.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  6. Michael C(NY)

    I dont agree with the way Lt. Gov Bauer compared people to animals. That being said, there are 3rd, 4th, generation welfare recipients that I am tired of paying for. I believe in a hand up, not a hand out. GET A JOB!!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  7. Judy Jacobson

    I have always said that every politician, before taking office, should live for one week on the street among the truly poor. It's a real eye opener.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  8. Phyllis Cooper

    I am retired from the Department of Public Welfare. I was a caseworker. What he failed to mention is the Welfare System is supposed to be temporary relief from lack of money, food or medical care, We have generations of people who consider welfare a way of life. There should be limits on the length of time a person remains eligible for "help". The more children one has. . . . . the more one receives in financial aid. Should we limit financial aid to a specified number of children per family?

    January 26, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  9. Ryan lee

    Lt. Gov is spot-on! His metaphor was blown out of context by the media. People on public assistance need to curb their breeding practices, white or black, animal behaving or not!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  10. Irvin

    This is why black people have to be ever on guard. White people in power position, especially the south, still feel they are above everyone. If you check, there are more white people on welfare, than any other. This man is just a plain racist to his heart.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  11. Kari Wins

    Please stop being so dramatic and twisting statements into things you think are worthy for a news story. Your reaction was ridiculous saying, " are you kidding me??" Try being objective, because you are losing credibility. If I wanted to see this type of reporting, I would watch Fox News. Right now, I'm missing Heidi's professionalism.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  12. c sims

    To speak to the problem of welfare entrenchment, he is accurate and that is a problem on huge scale that needs to be recognized and dealt with nationally if we as a nation want to inspire our workforce to rise up and be a fruitfull people.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  13. lee virginia

    Considering he was talking about poor people,it's reasonable to presume,such folks are mainly of color.The speech i heard sounds
    like typical republican ideology.I'm a black male who,although believe
    poor people should think more appropriately,i also believe proper opportunity and instructing should be given.

    Racist ideology may or may not be part of the lt governors thoughts.And it appears,he may or may not have a superior attitude.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  14. Charles

    Lt. Gov. Bauer is ABSOLUTELY correct. Maybe he should have said it a different way, but what he said is true. Kids having kids then getting on welfare, there are no programs to educate and follow-up to get them off of welfare. The more kids you have the more welfare you get, tax breaks, earned income credits etc.....

    The man should be praised not crucified, finally a politician who speaks what people want to hear.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  15. T. Naxor

    The Lt. Gov of SC sounds exactly like a Nazi! He's a white supremacy wishing to rid the world of his definition of "undesireables!" How in the world did he get elected with that type of attitude? There, but for the grace of God would go he, his grandmother and everyone else in his family. As long as there is life, there will ALWAYS be poor people.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  16. montana

    Hell yes !!! He is 100 % correct. Why do we have to keep paying for these lazy people

    January 26, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  17. John

    You can't fix stupid. And the ignorant rednecks living down there wonder why they are thought of as ignorant rednecks.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  18. Stephen Keyes

    Don't reward this guy's bad behavior. It will only facilitate him further...he might even breed, and there could be MANY of these slugs holding political office in no time. PROTECT THE GENE POOL!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  19. John

    The sad thing is it's true. His choice of words may be wrong. But, there are people I know that purposely don't work and have kids so they can get free money. Some have even got there house paid for and there food paid for! Me and my wife work two jobs and still barely get by!!! So his comments are true but he chose wrong words to describe it!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  20. Max Mota

    WoW, and this character is in government. Comparing people and their misfortunes to animals breeding is just.... irresponsible. If he feels that stupidity comes from taking care of our people, than instead, figure out how to get people back to work, where they can succeed in life in a sustainable and viable manner. get rid of this monster. We don't need this negativity at a time when we need to find creative ways to survive.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  21. Rocket

    It's hard to believe in this day an age that someone can be so clue-free about the trials and tribulations of the hard-working people and unemployed in their own constituency. Please SC people, get rid of him!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  22. Jayne

    It is interesting that poor people are nearly always equated with black people; handouts are scorned, but no one sneers at the handouts to banks, the military, wall street; and let's not forget the health-care industry. If that is not a handout, I don't know what is!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  23. Deborah Harz

    Good Morning,

    I am responding to the comments by the ignorant S.C. individual that for some reason people elect to office. He is the reason this country has taken soooooooo long to be where we need to be as far as empathy, hope, fairness, and respect for all people. We all play a part in the journey of this society and to those like him, that believe their "part" is far more superior, well, he will be judged by a higher power than the people. the irony of his statement that they think no further than "that" (breeding) is that he thinks, and hasn't for probably many many years past the box he has himself closed in, hence the reason still more ignorant than those he is judging.

    May God Bless him and teach him, as he still has not learned!

    Miss Harz

    January 26, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  24. Lee Stanko

    Hi Kyra,
    SC Lt. Gov has uncanny resemblance to Rudolf Hess

    January 26, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  25. LilyBee

    On Andre Bauer:
    This is why Sanford wasn't impeached–Dumb and Dumber.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  26. Erin

    Finally, someone who is telling it like it is. The government rewards people for having babies and it is people on welfare and who live off the system that have the most babies. It may not be "politically correct" but I am sick of being politically correct. We could solve more problems if we spoke the truth about them.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  27. Jay

    The Lt. Gov. is right about this. I'm a lifelong Democrat,but the worst thing our party ever did was the welfare system. These people living off the government eat better than me and have healthcare. The media and political leaders need to get out and see the new America.
    Us hard working people are tired of this.This man will get elected and you'll all wonder why?

    January 26, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  28. Julia Reagan

    I am dieing of heart failure. I have been waiting 16 months for social security benefits I will never see. I have decided my government wants me to die and have discontinued taking all my medicine I can not afford. Another statistic of the poor uninsured. I have never asked for a dime from my government, and after working 35 years, and contributing to the system, my government fails me. My only brother died in Vietnam. Guess my family did not sacrifice enough to satisfy Andre Bauer

    January 26, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  29. Brandon

    I think Kyra and CNN is trying to focus on the word "Animal" rather than the context of what he's saying. The message is true, if you give a person a handout, they always want more, we need a society that doesn't depend on government, that theory isn't so far off. He chose his words poorly, but the guts of what he's saying has some validity and CNN needs to be more objective.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  30. Angie

    I was on free lunches throughout Jr high and high school. I am now in medical school and consider myself a productive member of society! This guy is a lunatic.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  31. Denise Husbands

    Mr. Bauer's statements reflects the deep seated hatred and ignorance of many elected leaders many of whom forget that at some time they benefited from some type of welfare program. What was in his heart came out of his mouth. It is obvious that he is not aware of a large segment of the population known as the working poor, nor is he aware that there is a large segment of this population that want to work, but are continuously denied opportunity. I am glad that he spoke the truth, now its up to the voters to decide.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  32. Chuck C

    I agree. Quit paying for babies that the rest of us have to feed.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  33. Kile Castro

    Well the Lt. Governor did admit that his grandmother was not a highly educated person so it is no surprise that he would make such a uneducated remark. This guy is trying to appease to radicals and get some sort of national fame by making such disgusting remarks.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  34. Justin

    I think it's a slow news day. I'm a liberal but I can't get myself that worked up over what has become a pretty benign (although sloppy) call to action over the last couple of decades. Now if he'd suggested we spay or neuter the poor...

    January 26, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  35. don

    why is when poor people get help its welfare and rich people get help it stimulis or something like that.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  36. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Whats the governor wanting to do have his citizens spayed or neutured maybe if he helped create some jobs instead of shooting his mouth off there wouldnt be so many people needing hand outs .

    January 26, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  37. marina

    I think people must be just responsible! If you don't have enough money to support your children – don't have many children!
    If you have children – you must provide them with good living, good education... etc!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  38. Judy

    WHEN are the Carolina's going to STOP voting people in who embarras us and make us seem like back woods baffoons???

    January 26, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  39. Charli

    i think that the south carolina Lt. Governor Andre beauer is just ignorant my mother was a single parent to 3 small children and we were on welfare for 7 years she went to college and got a degree and got our family off of welfare and now my younger brother and i are both working towards college degrees and my older brother is a hard worker in the oil field and we are not on welfare. i am thankful for welfare if people werent so greedy and didnt think that way the world would be a better place.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  40. guy geiger

    I have heard students state that their goal is to become pregnant and get checks just like mom and grandma ... and the more kids I have the bigger the checks. It is a shame, but it happens. And since I live in Govt subsidised housing I don't have to maintain my property.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  41. Mike

    It's a deeper issue when you look at the rate of unemployment, prison and teen parents, this comment will be aired for the moment but know one will remember it when it's time to vote... That's how people are conditioned to only react to short term issues. I would really like to know what is Grandmother really wanted to teach him...

    January 26, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  42. Phil Cameron

    OK, bad phrasing and image. Truly stupid.

    So what about the message? What is the birth rate for women that have been on welfare for over 1 year? Also, why should the government have to pick up the tab for adding to the welfare rolls? Women in the army that get pregnant get to leave the Army.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  43. Jackson

    *Gov. Andre Bauer's comment referring to people as animals*....newsflash ... WE ARE ANIMALS.

    I'm not a fan of the man but don't take his comments and twist it to suit your image of what's right/wrong.
    He didn't direct it towards blacks

    He made a good point based in reality, your's was an emotional response and unbecoming of a so-called professional.

    Report the news, don't try to make it.

    You're not god to be deciding who is right and wrong because you don't know, see nor accept the bigger picture.

    Maybe the guy unintentionally hurt some itty bitty feelings.......but having a bunch of kids living in poverty and crime isn't anymore pleasant.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  44. indysmd

    Perhaps an example of why some animals eat their young? Stop feeding him.

    Kyra, I agree with Kari Wins comments.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  45. Gary T

    I grew up in SC and know that the state is filled with lots of loving, generous and socially active citizens. Statements such as these want me to shout out to the world that this man does not represent the sentiments of the people of this great state. The people of SC will do well to sweep out the leadership of the state. His analogy is very inappropriate. All people are created in God's image by God himself and should be treated with love and compassion, not as animals.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  46. Linda Jones

    Poor people exist in every society. They always have and they always will. It is our humane duty and responsibility to help the poor to a level of self sustainability. South Carolina Lt. Gov. and his grandmother sound like two cold hearted uncaring people....

    January 26, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  47. Cathy H

    After moving to the south five years ago I have learned that the political cure to alleged problems here is most often worse than the problem itself.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  48. Mickey

    truth hurts, i know some of these people.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  49. jc

    as far as what the south carolina lt. gov. said its sad but true. TRUTH HURTS SOMETIMES!!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  50. Talun Thomas

    I am sorry , this was not a smart way to say that government allows Hey Toni, I am not a fan of winter as well. I have to admit however, that this winter has not been that bad. I live right on the lake which is not even frozen over yet. It is very beautiful to look at, it also relaxes me. I have only been on match one month. I think its funny how some people look at it like shopping. I read the profiles and I would not be so arrogant to fit a square peg in a round hole. Either you have things in common or you just don't. All that being said, how has your time been?

    January 26, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  51. Lewis

    His way of explaining is not good but, have you ever seen a grandmother taking care of her grandchildren and there is not a man around and the grandmother and mother never had a job. It is true. not pretty but true and we need to address this. this is the issue I believe he was trying to get across.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  52. James Willard

    How appropiate to run this story right after the one about Denver Nazis. How wonderful CNN cares enough to let us know these snakes-in-the-grass are still hanging around.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  53. Brandon

    The comparison of poor people to animals is definitely horrible, though welfare is horribly abused. When people on welfare receive $1000 a month in food stamps and I work for $16 an hour and only earn $2200 a month total that's sad. There should be a cap on how many children a family on welfare can have to. I live in Hazleton,PA and we see it all the time people on welfare who get food stamps, WIC checks, ect. have 5,6,7 children. Obviously Clinton's reform bill turned out to work just as good as the health care reform is going.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  54. Lawrence

    Wow, here we go again in America. Politics in this country are ridiculous because nothing will be done about "freedom of speech"! The Lt. Governor only shows that there are those out there who are truly disconnected with the poor and should NEVER be considered to serve in public office. How stupid of him to embarrass his grandma!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  55. Jerold Ringer

    Kyra, The Lt, Governor was correct with his analagy about the cats.A few people started feeding cats in our city about a year ago.Since then

    January 26, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  56. SS

    It is a METAPHOR, and a pretty good one at that. If anything, it may serve as a motivating factor for people that have abused the system for years. Maybe you should pull out a dictionary and and look up the word metaphor before you make such stupid comments.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  57. Thomas

    Being a proud South Carolinian, I can honestly say I agree with Andre Bauer's comment to an extent. I am not sure if its a problem in many other states in this country but in SC, there is a ridiculous amount of people on welfare and government aid who are complete useless bums that just drain our system dry. Welfare and aid is supposed to be a supplement during a tough time between jobs, but FAR too many people just rely on it as their income because either they are too lazy or careless to get an honest job making money. I won't even get into the racial context of the situation because then that would bring up a whole different debate.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  58. Dave Stepnowski

    We need more politicians like this guy. We need to get the lazy people off their duff & be a productive part of society. Apparently anyone who opposes his stance is involved in and part of the welfare abortion. Why should I be forced to pay for the able person in front of me in the grocery store through the give away programs that they expect and think that they are entitled to.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  59. Will Alexander

    Good grief! You had to really stretch to say he was comparing the poor to wild animals. Most people understood his main point. There is a such thing as principled compassion and unprincipled compassion. You can enable bad behavior by helping too much. That's what he was saying. He's right.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  60. Sarah

    Kyra –
    Sometimes the truth hurts.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  61. tim

    I agree with what he said, paritally, he could have said it better, but people do take advantage when everything is handed to them.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  62. marissa

    people on welfare have been taking advantage of the "system" for years..and it needs to stop..only in america can you get wefare for being to fat, only in america can you get wefare for being adrug addict, only in america can you be on welfare have a few children and get pregnant again...if you can't afford the children you have why have more? oh wait i know you get even more a middle class working woman i have seen nothing from the stimulis, as a matter of fact, starting jan 1 more money is being taken out of my check..i'm sick of people who sit on welfare and get all this free stuff with MY tax money...

    January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  63. Mark

    Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. And what I find more disturbing is that there are actually people agreeing with him! Why can't America be more like the rest of the first world and look out for our fellow man? Why is that such a terrible thing. We don't live in some 3rd world hell hole. This is the United States of America, and we are better than that.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  64. Tom S.

    I welcome the truth that this man has spoken. America has become scared to accept the truth. There are generations of families on welfare, many have figured out how to space out the "breeding" cycle so that there will always be money coming into the household from the welfare system. The "experts" on CNN and other news groups need to go out into the field and SEE for themselves instead of listening to "experts" who never leave their office. Media has become such an entertain follie that it is better then prime time soap operas.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  65. Jean

    I agree with the Lt.Gov. The welfare has grown out of control;. We all know people that followed their grandparents and parents in collecting welfare because it's so easy. Why can't we put controls and requirements on time and money spent on the ones who abuse this system.?
    Jean in Florida

    January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  66. craig

    the lt govennor is right on the money the goverment isnt suppose to support the breeding of non productive people

    January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  67. Will Louis

    The South Carolina Lt. Governor is correct; his metaphor could have been articulated in more explicit terms, i.e., Government handouts to the poor AND corporations facilitate and promote dependency; they constitute a form of modern day slavery by keeping recipients dependent on "ole master".

    January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  68. Shanna

    The bill that Clinton passed has not been enforced. I know of at least one family with over 40 members who have been recipients of welfare benefits for over 10 years. I don't know of anyone who has been held to a two year maximum and then been told that they no longer qualified for benefits. So yes, the statement does resonate to those of us who work and pay taxes only to see our tax dollars squandered by people who do not want to take responsibility for their own lives.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  69. Madeleine Beauboeuf

    I was an agency working sent to help families on welfare. I earned 800.00$ a month. Some clients on welfare received up to 3700.00$ a month, which did not include mileage to bring children to dentist , doctor, and counseling appointments. Nor did it include medications, band-aids, braces, clothing or food stamps or rent. This amount of money did not improve the lives of the children. The choice of words the SC governor used were wrong, but the message is crystal clear.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  70. Susan Rupert

    This turns my stomach to imagine anyone holding a belief system so callous and cruel. And, his grandmother, while I'm sure a fine woman, obviously had no "milk of human kindness" running in her veins to be able deny any hungry animal, a bite of food.

    Makes one despair concerning the supposed progress of the human race.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  71. Kate

    While his comments were stupid, he's got the right idea. We need to get people off of welfare. While the number of people on welfare is 39% white, 38% black and 17% hispanic; the percentage of blacks on welfare is 28% to 6% of whites. Your numbers are politically correct, but don't show the whole picture.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  72. K.F. in Ohio

    While his comments may have come out wrong his message behind his words are absolutely true! I'm sick of paying for people that do nothing and have no intention of changing their situation. I'm also sick of people taking things so literally!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  73. lori

    I understand where he's coming from, just used the wrong words. I live in S.C. I work in S.C. I vote in S.C. My family is from Ar..I have witnessed generations of welfare abusers. They go with what they are taught. It's one thing to need welfare, it is another to abuse it and teach your children to do the same.He will get my vote.We have been out of work plenty of months, you work at what you. Welfare is a LAST opinion.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  74. Beth

    Having worked at a food pantry, I find the Governor's comments disgusting. The families we served are human beings and, unlike animals, human beings are allowed to vote. I say that we vote this very small, mean-hearted individual out of office.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  75. Les

    It seems to me that the poorest, least educated, most gun-totten states are majority Republican. The propaganda used by the rich, corporate backed Republicans to get the least educated and poorest folk to vote them in time and time again is most effective. The tea baggers are a good example – rallied by groups backed by corporations to protest taxes against the rich. Then you see comments like this equating those people to animals. It's sad, but that opinion seems to be genuine to these leaders.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  76. Scott Stodden

    Kyra how can you compare poor students to animals? Humans are not in anyway the same as animals at all. Just because we give somebody money who is less fortunate than other people means there animals and we're rewarding bad behavior, come on. Lieutenant Governor you need to apologize to the American people for what you said because just because people are poor doesn't mean there animals in anyway, apologize or leave your post as Lieutenant Governor. Kyra I also love you so much at 9am/8am(Cst) your doing such a phenomenal job, Im glad CNN kept you around even though Heidi is no longer with CNN I miss her so much, Hi Heidi!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    January 26, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  77. Preston McMillan

    I live in SC, and am sickened by Lt. Gov. Bauer's comments. He falls right into the same category as all of the other South Carolina politicians who are ignorant and have shown the rest of the world that in this State the rich still have not a clue.

    P.S. I am moving to Virginia soon because of this attitude

    January 26, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  78. Elllen

    What is going on in SC that would cause an elected official to make this comment as a result of a discussion on children school lunch programs. Is he suggesting to let the children starve so that they cannot breed? This is outrageous and for these words to be spoken in the US in 2010 is shameful. Truly this is NAZI speak, yet the Republicans call the Obama Administration NAZI's. Where did all this hate come from.... oh yes FOX NEWS.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  79. Cory

    I like the Lt. Gov. message and statement. It shows what is wrong with some government programs and he is just making an analogy and in your face. This is hard to take but its true. I do not beleive he his talking about the recent folks who have fallen on hard times but those who continue to milk the system. The government needs to make changes and he is very aware of this. He's a bit raw but I like the fact he is telling it like it is.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  80. Corm

    It would be nice to have some opposing views shown about this. All the Lt. Gov is saying is, teaching a man to fish is better than giving him fish.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  81. Leland Avants

    What a jerk, i personally have never been on welfare as an adult but as a child it was the lifeline we needed when my parents were having problems. Hopefully his fortunes or that of his family never change and they never need to take advantage of this extra help when times are tuff. At least when i se someone using a 'Link' card i see something for my tax dollars, feeding someone that has actual needs that many of us take for granted....FOOD!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  82. anonymous

    I'm sorry, but I agree with him. Thirty years ago while living in an Oregon apartment there was a white woman living below me with one child. I over- heard her talking one day while sitting out by the pool. She was talking to another woman about how she was on welfare and how great it was. That she would never work and was going to just let the government take care of her. She also said she was going to have another child so she could get more money. She was trying to convince the other woman to do the same. I've heard similar stories from friends who have overheard people on welfare telling their children how easy it is and how they would never have to work. It's sickening.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  83. Sam

    He was rough spoken but carries a good message to welfare.
    Welfare needs an overhaul and welfare police.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  84. rob rogers

    being born retired on welfare from the cradle to the grave is wrong!

    why do i have to work?
    when people on welfare can live a life without working?
    a free vacation for life on the tax payers sweat and blood!
    the more kids the more services they get!!
    its just not fair to the working class!
    why do people who work get punished with carrying people who don't!
    why should we feel guilty for telling the truth!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  85. bill asselin

    I live in the state of Maine,also known as a welfare state and what Andre Bauer says is true. Bravo for him telling it like it is.Why would someone work for money when they can have it handed to them.My state is going broke becuase of this.It tries to be everything to everybody.When it should take care of the people that pay the magority of the taxes first.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  86. Kurt Richards

    I am always surprised that when a republican makes such an outlandish remark, as the one made by the Lt. Gov, there is never a public outrage, however, if a Democrat makes such a remark, the media will turn it into a public spectacle.


    January 26, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  87. Amy

    His grandmother may not have been an educated woman, but he is an ignorant man. How shameful! Is South Carolina going to go out of the frying pan and into the fire should this man become governer? I think I would rather have the adulterer. What goes on down there??!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  88. Laura

    Lt. Gov. Bauer is correct in his thoughts that if we reward those who are collecting benefits while sitting at home, not attempting to acquire employment, they will continue to do what's working so well for them. Unfortunately, the way he tried to describe it was with an animal analogy, because animals do act in the same way; they follow a behavior pattern that works for them, and one that gets them rewarded.
    It seems fairly obvious that Mr. Bauer wouldn't intentionally call people wild animals, as the media has made it seem that he did. People who need help should have access to it, but not on an unlimited basis. They should be required to be working toward a better situation, that they provide for themselves.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  89. Mary Hague

    There is not accounting for the things that come out of politicians mouths. A number of years ago when South Dakota was debating the repeal of an anti abortion bill that was on the ballot, one of the legislators at a "crackerbarrel" meeting with the public made the statement: "Everyone knows that cows are more valuable when they are pregnant." (for city people:; Bred cattle fetch higher prices at market.) He apologized the next day, but he is now a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  90. rebecca

    My husband and I both have college educations and are far from"expecting" a handout from the goverment. My husband is a substitue teacher and I was employed until my pllace of business was closed. We recieve food stamps. We are not proud of it but it necessary to feed our children (and yes, we are active in the their education). Between odd jobs and scraping by we are barely making it. Seems to me the useless people are the ones who make profits of the poor who are paid minimum wage to do jobs that enable their employees to feed their families with no shame.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  91. Diana Maloney

    It goes without saying that Andre Bauer (the title I would like to give him would not be accepted by CNN) is a miserable piece of humanity. However, I'm also disgusted with your CNN educaiton contributor Steve Perry – why in the world is he defending Granny. It's obvious she passed on her mean genes to her son, telling him not to feed stray animals because they breed. Not only incorrect information, but disgusting. She is not deserving of any defence – she's as bad as he is! What goes around comes around and I sincerely hope it does come around. Poor South Carolina having to face having this low life scumbag for their next governor. He's even worse than Sanford.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  92. c sims

    The cost of this to the taxpayers at a time when we are struggling, should be a topic heard at the top levels of government,
    We hemmoridge money as a nation and those people have learned how to feed at the trough, thats all they know. Lets not kid our selves, it goes on in a large scale like katrina for example like $175 a yard for clean up and debri removal from the government but the guy on the ground got $ 5 a yard to load and haul, who needed to make $170 a yard for doing no work at all but paper shuffel.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  93. Tina Mendoza

    So, if your grandmother was not highly educated, neither are you, obviously, to make such vulgar comments. Your ignorance is so great, that it can't go past beyond human decency and common sense, that most people are hard working human beings. At that the rich are rich because they use poor people to work for them. If there were no poor people, who are being taken advantage of the rich, there would be no rich people.

    And when the rich fall, due to their greed, than the poor people are out cold. You have no idea what you are talking about because you are "thinking" in human terms. If you were spiritually insightful, you would understand that you are so offensive that you make even God's "skin" shrink. It is pretty ignorant of you to think that each and every person will have an opportunity to make it in this world. Let me tell you something, most poor people have more decency than the rich people, because they will not give in to making money in every which way. The poor people have a better conscious than those so called well to do. Let tell you something else, God says, "Those who are first on earth will be last in heaven, and those who are least on earth will be first in heaven." In addition, He says, don't build a treasure on earth, and build a treasure in heaven." Are you doing that? It looks like you are building a kingdom in hell instead, in the eyes of God. If you feel superior, then God says, "feed and lead my sheep," are you doing that? I suppose you are also going to call the people of Haiti dogs, because they are being fed in time of need, like those in the USA. May God help you, because your only talent is a big mouth.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  94. cpca

    It's no surprise, typical republican philosiphy, with them it's either Blow them up, or cut them off.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  95. Pamela

    I truly hope that by shedding the spotlight on South Carolinian thought processes within the Republican Party, that our nation will re-examine itself! God, help us if those in leadership there are representative of South Carolina and the United States as a whole. Somehow just can't reconcile those political values with true faith!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  96. Scott

    In scientific and social reflection, the Gov is being truthful that if you keep people on a program long enough it becomes a neccessity and dependence on that program is reproduced within the family/community. But he's barking up the wrong tree. (pun intended) The gov should be going after the federal government (pigs) for stealing meat (1/3rd of your paycheck) from the working blue and white collar dogs and leaving the rest of the pack with bones.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  97. Jim H

    Regarding the "failure" of the War on Poverty, a lesson learned from military history is that if you place an opertaion under the command of a man who does not believe in it, it will fail. We have two major examples in this country, financial regulation and anti[poverty programs. The poverty rate was in decline until Reagan began his "reforms" and since then the system has been in the hands of Republican Presidents who do not believe in it, or Democratic Presidents hampered by the Republicans in Congressl. The Republican focus is on keeping costs down, not on making it work.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  98. SC Grandma

    Andre Bauer's grandmother definitely had the right concept, if not the
    most delicate words to describe it. He already said she wasn't highly educated. But, yes...I agree with him.
    "FEED a man a fish, and he'll come back for more. TEACH him to fish, and he'll have fish for a lifetime."
    So, if you keep giving "hand-outs" the animal (or person) will take the "path of least resistance" rather than the path to independence to care for themselves.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  99. Phil

    Sadly, I believe there are a sizeable number of people who support Baurer's comments. Several of these people have written comments supporting Baurer on this very comment page.

    We will have to wait and see to what extent the Republican Party embraces Baurer and Governor (hiking in the Appalachians) Samford. Maybe we will see a Samford/Baurer presidential ticket in the next election?

    January 26, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  100. Amenrah

    You How do you look at yourself with any self of humanity. If you're able to justify this idiots elitist views you're just selfish and evil. This mode of thinking lends to pure classism and if you can honestly compare the less fortunate to animals you're just a worst breed of one. Devils!! This country is sick because of people who place greed and money of selflessness and compassion. The only time americans are compassionate is when there's a country with a natural resource to exploit to "help." The truth is this country's story has been told throughout history and as the countries that have fell before her, other's will look back and not understand how america didn't see the flaws in it's ways when greed/hate had destroyed so many before her.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  101. Patricia Lite Hickman

    WTG Steve Perry! I could not agree more with him and with the other gentleman who was commenting on this despicable Lt. Gov. He certainly does have foot-in-mouth disease, and I am grateful I do not live in S.C. If I did, he probably would not be re-elected because I would work hard against him.

    The really unfortunate thing is that I think a lot of policy makers (many of whom are wealthy) share the same sentiments but at least have sense enough not to make these type of comments in public. Get him out!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  102. Mark S. Indianapolis

    I think it's time for straight talk, on many subjects. If the Lt Gov took a tone that offends some, so be it. At the end of the day, who really cares about the poor? Ask any wealthy person at tax time if they don't give enough for the poor and the programs that they fund.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  103. MATT

    He may have worded it wrong but he was dead on. I have often questioned why we're not making people who recieve benifits like foodstamps earn it by at least doing volunteer work to better the community.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  104. Larry R. Odom

    I believe he is 100% correct leave the guy right.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  105. Donna

    This man is an embarrassment. Open mouth, insert foot. His mouth is full of smelly feet. This is not a first for him. Fellow voters-please retire him from politics-permanently.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  106. Octavia Coleman

    All politicians should think before speaking. People are not on welfare because they want too be. If it comes to my family going without food, give me food stamps and call me an animal.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  107. Floyd Emdy

    Andre Bauer simply saying out loud what many people think privately. Our tax dollars go to support a growing numner of people who cannot or will not care for themselves. I have relatives who "enjoy" the benefits of our welfare system. One who purposefully became impregnated out of wedlock four times by four different men simply for the financial assistance. And, I believe she was coached by her parents, as this strategy began when she was 15 years old. If we were a more evolved society, we would systematically eliminate (or, at least, delegate) those humans who are less than what society demands in a productive, contributing member of that society. Bauer simply needs a better delivery of his message.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  108. Tory Brown

    Am I the only person willing (brave enough) to point out that Bauer's statement has very definitive elitist undertones. And it is my gut feeling that there are undertones of racial prejudice as well. Note that his Grandmother is from the era of "Jim Crow" and was wrought with overt racial prejudice.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  109. Kevin Avery

    It seems fairly obvious to me that Lieut. Gov. Bauer is jealous of all the attention that Governor Sanford has received by making an ass of himself and that he (the lieutenant governor) simply wants equal air time!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  110. Mia

    I stand behind what he said. People are more and more dependent on welfare. It's disgusting to see these people abuse the system, having children just to get a monthly check. I understand that this country is in a recession. I am one of the many unemployed myself, but when I try to receive government assistance I am denied. However, if I get knocked up and become a single, irresponsible mother, I would then get a check from the state each month to take care of my child. It's sickening. Also, the more children a woman has, the more money she will get each month. On that point, is when I agree that people on government assistance breed, like stray animals. You are facilitating the problem. Will the state help me find a job, put money in my wallet, food in my refrigerator and clothes on my back? No. How about I become another single mother living on my welfare check? Sounds like a great idea.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  111. Riegel

    His opinion of those who are career recipients of gov't handouts is widely held, but poorly articulated in comparing them to animals. I'm an ER doc, and many of our recurrent abusers of our system are spoken of in the same manner. If you can't afford kids, you shouldn't have them. My parents had 2 kids, b/c that's all they could afford. My wife an I had 2 and adopted 2 children. A large percentage of our poor patients continue to have multiple children, when they have no means to support them, other than all of our tax dollars, and it's despicable. We say all of the time, if you and your children are on public support, you should have to prove some type of birth control to receive your monthly benefits. Why should those of us who live WITHIN our means continue to support those who choose not to?

    January 26, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  112. Stephen Wright Elmira NY

    This man made the argument that schools getting the most free and reduced lunches had the lowest test scores. These children come from familes who are poor. Which also means a greater chance that their parents are under educated. This means when the children go home, it is less likely their parents have the ability to help them with homework. The notion that these children are somehow in on a multi-generational plot to get a free lunch is the definition of stupidity. Its these children from low income homes who need the most support, education breaks the cycle, not holding out from giving children lunches.

    p.s. I grew up in a poor family, neither of my parents went to college. I just graduated from college in May with my bachelors degree in Physics. I'm proud to be one of the strays...

    January 26, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  113. Jacqueline

    I'm poor now, always have been poor; divorced, single mother of 7 children. YET, I currently have 5 of my children in college (1 in Grad School), and if it wasn't for Government programs and generous donators to private scholarship funds, we would all be on the street, contributing to the crime rate and illegitimate child birth rate.

    Andrea Bauer's comments about poor people being begging animals that don't want to do anything but be lazy and let everyone else throw crumbs at them for free is Madness.

    Its no wonder that I can't get anywhere. I feel as though I'm fighting a losing battle; not against poverity itself, but the mentality of the people who thinks like Bauer. Its no wonder I can't get promotions on a job. Discriminated against when I'm looking for housing. Looked down upon as soon as people realize how many children I have. I've been married, I've been going to college myself, I've worked many jobs. Hell, I'm still very poor ($9K year), As long as people's attitudes remains like Bauers, I don't believe very many poor can every change their positions in American society.

    Hopefully my children will make it in spite of those people like Bauer, but most may not be as resillient; because you can't make a job promote you. You can't force an education program to allow you the opportunity. Sometimes you over a barrier and win a battle, and, sometimes you just live to fight another day.

    I fight POVERTY and Stupid PEOPLE like Mr. Bauer. I just hope in the end my POOR Ass children can be winners, overcomers and achievers, as long as they remain in college, graduate and are able to compete regardless of where they came from.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  114. Cindy in Michigan

    My grandmother wasn't well educated either, but even she knew that you never give campaign money to rich South Carolina Republicans. Why? You're just rewarding bad behavior and, like pigs to the trough, they keep coming back!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  115. Herman Johnson

    I truly hope you will acentuate once more that the majority of people on welfare are white. That in fact the welfare population is larger that the entire black population in this country. That the black population is huge because of the disporportionality of the black population. That it is cheaper for the power brokers to pay people to be on welfare than to provide them economic opportunity that goes to the wealthier population. Remember too, our taxes pay to keep the poor from participating in the economical growth of our society. Most people believe and understand that the targeted group is the Black Man, the African American in particular.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  116. deepwater don

    What do you expect from a politician from South Carolina, and the people who elect them?

    January 26, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  117. Larry R. Odom

    he is 100% correct I see it every day

    January 26, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  118. MATT

    He was not really comparing humans to animals even though we are animals. He was using animals as an example relating it to human nature. Some people just need to listen better.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  119. mike

    I would vote for Mr. Bauer.Anyone with any common sense knows he is talking about people that have no plans to ever have a job.My taxes keep going up to fund these life-long leeches.When you reward these people with more money for more dependants,what message are you sending to them?Sorry I dont have time to get more in depth,but I need to go back to work so they can get their free checks on time!Even if you do not post my comment,please at least post some that dont run this man down.I know I am not the only person that thinks he is right.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  120. Beth

    I disagree – his point is beyond raw. The ability to empathize with and care for others, is what makes us different from animals. It is the quality that makes us most human.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  121. matt mitchem

    Who says there is no Class War in the US? This politician's contempt for the poor and exploited is evidence for the deep rooted hatred these "conservatives" have for their fellow Americans. Didn't Christ say, "blessed are the poor, for they shall inherit the earth"?

    January 26, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  122. maria

    If he was trying to say "the welfare system needs reform" he missed his mark and also forgot the one who answer the question "am I my brothers keeper" and also said "whatso ever you do unto the least of thee, you have done unto me"
    I believe the system needs reform but he was very offensive to those who have worked hard most of their lives and find themselves in a bad situation. It sounds like he is more worried about money than about doing the right thing.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  123. Jen from SC

    I am a conservative and find the Lt Gov remarks seriously flawed and reprehensible!! Excessive welfare and social benefits are a serious concern as they create a welfare state that disincentivizes work, increases dependence on government, and creates an attitude of entitlement. It also feeds poverty and unhappiness. Unfortunately the Lt Gov's remarks hurt the cause of fighting against excessive socialism and were so degrading! My stomach turned when he talked about "breeding"!! Ugh!

    Mr. Perry talked about social support as a ladder up, but it is not meant to be a ladder and it actually keeps people at the bottom of the ladder!! It is meant to be a life line and only for those who need it!! Unfortunately too many people now see the govt as a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow instead of realizing that that money was forcibly taken from their friends and neighbors in trust to help build a better community and help those truly in need.

    The Lt Gov should apologize to the people of SC and the country and clarify the true intent of his remarks. Jen from Columbia, SC

    January 26, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  124. Caroline Dillon

    I live in South Carolina and it is very hard to find work here. The Lt. Gov. is of the wall, I will not vote for him, he need a reality check, needs to spent time with people in this state not just the ones who have a lot of money. People here are loosing their homes and their jobs while the Lt.Gov and the Gov. are living high off the HOG! At our expense.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  125. mike fitzpatrick

    The lieutenant gov is right out of Dickens.
    "Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses? Why don't they die, and reduce the surplus population?"
    Nice going, SC.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  126. linda

    I live in S.C. and it is appalling what this guy said , but there is a base of republicans who will agree with him . He is part of the problem we have in S.C. .New employment numbers came in last week and unemployment is at an all time high here , thanks to this kind of thinking. instead of trying to create jobs to help people he resorts to calling them names. SHAME ON YOU MR BAUER

    January 26, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  127. Marvelous Jeremiah.

    If the Lt. Gov. Bauer can equate his experience in public policy to feeding wildlife or animals back on the farm where he grew up, then he should also consider the population of constituients he is representing. It is sad if he is unapologetic for this personal viewpoint of the majority of the people he represents and if this election is any good reflection of the people he views has animals who have elected him, he justly deserves to be back on the farm instead of the house after this election. – Marvelous Jeremiah

    January 26, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  128. gladys koenig

    I was just watching your comment about Bower, and I have to agree with him. I am glad someone is paying attiion as far as animals and people. He did not say people and animals were the same, he said animals and people, he did not say people are the same. I know many poeple who get cash, medical, and food. Just using the system, and are very good at it., and work under the table. gladys from ct

    January 26, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  129. florida

    His comments are not wrong our government is creating an underclass who is not responsible for thier own actions. Yes what is said i harsh, but that is the problem in American, we cannot have free speach anymore. if you say someting unpopular you are crusified.

    From welfare to fema to mortgage modifications. The government hands out money to people who are not trying to help themselves or who make bad decisions. I do fell bad for the kids involved, but the adults need to accept thier actions. if you did not buy insurance you should not get a hand out. if you bought a house you cannot afford, that was your mistake .. deal with it. If you cannot afford to have kids you should not have them. I did not have kids till i could pay for them. why should you ask everyone else to pay for yours.

    The main problem is you done win elections telling people the truth and that is my our country is slipping. American does not want the truth American cannot handle the truth!!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  130. lori

    I have read alot of comments from out of don't live here,sure our gov. isn't good for s.c., senators as well, we are a poor state,bad schools,bad judgements.S.C is a hard state to live in,but,welfare is a LAST choice. We have been out of work many times, you do what you have to do to get by.People of s.c. need to teach their children welfare is for the extremely needy,not a way of life. He gets my vote.He needs to think before he speaks, but, it's the truth.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  131. jason

    You may not like the reference (some people can’t stomach a cold reality) but I've met many looters of welfare and eating and breeding are the only things they do well. In reality most but of course not all humans without education do sometimes act like savage animals, look at many third world countries that still practice barbaric acts on their people due to lack of knowledge.
    There are many good people that miss out on government assistance because of these animal/looter/humans.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  132. Mad MATT

    16 year old students do not need a job but that 30 year old on welfare does. Lets start a campaign to fire teens at McDonalds and hire the welfare recipiants.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  133. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Create some jobs and put people to work so far the government officials are the ones getting hand outs and not working for there money .

    January 26, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  134. isabella

    The S.C. Lieutenant Governor was completely wrong calling the poor animals. He should of called them cockroaches. Welfare is a way of life for most of these people, and they shouldn't be on it, I am not talking about the ones recently on it because of the economy, thanks to Obama(what a joke).

    January 26, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  135. Aaron

    People who are temperately struggling and need the assistance is one thing. People who have been on welfare their entire life is another
    and welfare reform in the 90's was supposed to stop that but it hasn't. I know to many people who are welfare lifers who do not want to work and say that because they have kids they'll never be kicked off.

    My wife works at a supermarket, please explain to me how someone who uses food stamps are allowed to "buy" lobster and crab legs? There is not a day that goes buy where she doesn't come home and tells me about some argument she had with a customer trying to purchase a brand named peanut butter when their supposed to get the store brand. Welfare states what they can and can not purchase. If welfare says store brand why the argument ? Beggars cant be choosers.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  136. wayne

    He won't get my families' vote. The republician party chose both individuals to represent and govern the state. We have to remind the public of the choices they have at election time. So CNN please re-run this segment at election time to remind the voters of the poor character of the Lt. governor who would dare run to be governor. I think the good people of South Carolina will remove the current politicians and elect new voices/new faces to reflect the 21st century needs of the state and its people.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  137. Anna Strong

    I don't believe the system is set up for people to become productive citizens of society if you look at the jobs available once they are off the system (McDonalds, Burger King, Starbucks, etc.). Then you factor in the cost of child care and not to mention HEALTH CARE. People like that sub-human in S.C. only make me think at times that the majority of republicans are heartless, greedy and shellfish individuals who don't care about helping those less fortunate. I believe in helping those who help themselves. I'll bet he sits up in church every week beaming like the hypocrite he is. He is probably one of those right to lifers who believes in the death penalty and spending money on imprisonment and war!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  138. Michele Turner

    In SC we're becoming accustomed to being embarassed by our elected officials; can everyone complaining say they voted, or that they will always vote?
    We need to expect our elected officials to have responsibility for learning the facts about welfare reform efforts in the past, and the science behind efforts to get people off of public assistance. I've just learned about an "Out of Poverty" Initiative, being sponsored by MUSC's Center for Health Partnerships and East Cooper Community Outreach, to recognize the potential for change in our local community by better understanding the realities of poverty through simulation.
    Children are our future, and it takes all of us to be responsible for improving their chances at success. Our state's economic well-being and health will not improve without investing in our children.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  139. Jan O

    Benjamin Franklin said that the best way to reduce poverty is to make people uncomfortable in it. Rewarding people for irresponsible reproduction results in unwanted and neglected children. This is not good policy for the common good.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  140. Jim IN South Carolina

    Before you critisize coments that people make, maybe you need to visit south carolina and see first hand. You cannot enter a grocerie store without seeing somebody with a hundred dollar hairdoo, designer fingernails, four or five children buying steak with foodstamps. AND theres no husband. And if you think welfare refom worked, you need to wake up and leave the mansion and see the system for what it is.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  141. Seth Cower

    Welfare is sitting on your butt, getting paid for dong nothing. If you don't have jobs available, this is what happens. What about the welfare progam for the rich? They get millions of tax payers money for doing nothing siting on their butts making the countries problems and getting paid very well for doing nothing.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  142. yoruba

    His statement is unexcusable. We need to get people like him out of office or we'll continue practicing discriminating methods.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  143. curt

    I agree w/ Lt/Gov Bauer. People who repeatedly reproduce without resources to support children should have mandatory birth-control implants that can be removed if and when they lift themselves up out of poverty and demonstrate the ability to support a family. I chose to limit the size of my family to a number which I could properly support but now I have to pay taxes through the nose so government can use my money to support irresponsible leaches.
    Too many of those who are responsible for producing welfare children have dropped out of school and chose not to educate themselves adequately to support themselves. Most of them chose thru irresponsible decisions to be in the economic condition in which they find themselves. There should be severe penalties for irresponsibility.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  144. John

    As a public worker who has seen the Welfare System abused everyday by the same people over-and-over, the Lt. Governors’ comments are accurate. He spoke his mind instead of dancing around the issue. His comparison is blunt and to the point. Why sugar coat everything so we don’t offend someone?

    January 26, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  145. Keithmj

    I can understand why Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said this. The poor can't even afford to take care of themselves and the just keep having more and more children that those who are trying to take care of their own family have to pay for. Some are able to work but won't because the government is paying everything for them. If the government stopped this then they would start looking for a job. Ever time a woman who is on government assistance has a child she is given more money to support that child, after five or six kids she will be getting a pretty good size check from the government, so why should they work, they make more than if they did work. If you "feed" wild animals, which is usually against the law, then they will breed more and then the offspring will breed more and sooner and you still have the same problem. But if you don't feed them then the breeding will slow down or stop. Why keep supporting people to have kids when they can't support themselves. I support Andre Bauer and his remarks as you do facilitate the problem by feeding them. Wake up America.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  146. diva

    The Governer did not say anything that is not true or that most of us are not aware of. He just made the mistake of saying it out loud. Unfortunately, too many people in this country, run around making babies without thinking of how they will take care of them, then government has to play the role of baby daddy/mama. It is full time that we take responsibility for our actions. Whil some people fall victim to circumstance, allot of people in the US are living of the government due to being lazy, false claims or repeated dumb decisions, and becaue they get these big checks every month etc. they refuse to try and make smart decisions tho help themselves..

    January 26, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  147. Peter Kohan

    We all know what the Lt. Gov. means but its not politically correct. Well the country is getting sick and tired of being politically correct.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  148. angry over abuse

    I am angry over the abuse of the welfare system. I am a college grad in debt with maxed credit cards and overwhelming school loans. Did I mention I can not find a job in my field! I took a job in retail just to make ends meet. Looks like I am the stupid one maybe I should have been smarter, had a couple of kids in high school got on welfare, received a free apartment, free food, and free medical. Why are we rewarding this type of behavior. People like myself should get a little help. I am trying to better myself, the community and the future of humanity. The majority of people on welfare are just perpetuating this same behavior by passing it on to their children

    January 26, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  149. Melissa

    Andre Bauer's comments sound to me like socioeconomic "cleansing" and harken back to the rationales of the perpetrators of atrocities like the Holocaust and Dar Fur. Inherent in the idea that "they" should not be fed because feeding "them" promotes breeding is the underlying idea that he does not want them to continue living. These are dangerous words because they spread and promote hatred toward a specific group of people. Andre Bauer's behavior as a child of feeding stray animals shows that at one time long ago he was a decent human being, but indeed that was a long, long time ago.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  150. Marion

    Kyra if there is some kids that need a home from Hyddies I will help. I have a 3 bed room and I live alone. Seen them to Ky. and will help.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  151. kim in kentucky

    He didn't mention race, so I did not assume his statement was racial, just extremely offensive and typical of people who "don’t think too much further than that."

    January 26, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  152. James

    As a South Carolina resident, I continue to be embarassed by the politicians in my state. This type of backward ignorance is why our state is so far behind the rest of the country in so many ways. Education and employment are not priorities, only politics and stupidity. These comments show the real attitude of a large majority and the heritage that is still proud to have fired the shots at Ft. Sumter.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  153. T Franke

    Oh please, where do you get these people. He wants to be the govenor. It's bad enough that he's in the gene pool. It frightening to think that he can reproduce. Dumb is Dumb.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  154. cami

    I don't think that humans should be compared to animals however I do agree with his point. I believe the Government encourages family's to make less money.
    For instance my sister's family's income is only $721 less then my family's each month and she is able to recieve $700 a month in food stamps along with free health care for her children. Those two programs alone actually makes her family's income well over a $1,000.00 then my family's each month. I truly think that free food and free health care for children is worth finding a less paying job or just working 30 hours a week instead of 40. By doing so more of us would be able to make less money and qualify for free Government assitance.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  155. Jim (Dubuque - Iowa)

    To quote Ron White (Comedian From The Blue Collar Comedy Tour) – "You Can't Fix Stupid!"

    And that is what Mr. Bauer definately is!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  156. John

    Very bad metaphor to use; however, we all know to what he is referring. The government should not be in the business of supporting the young, lazy, drug-addicted or oversexed with our money. We need to put an end to all (and there are many) who abuse the system and endlessly repeat the cycle.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  157. Freddy - Boston

    It should be obvious to everyone that the Lt. Govener isn't comparing poor people to animals, it's just an analogy. Growing up in the city and working in public service I see it everyday, people who have no plan to get off of welfare. I've had young ladies tell me that they got pregnant just to get there own apt. (@ tax payers exp., of couse). Let's not forget that welfare was created to help get families back on their feet, not to give them a free ride from generation to generation. Perhaps welfare benefits should have a cut off limit like unemployment, make an effort to get on your own feet or lose your benefits.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  158. Lee,,New York

    At least Lt.Gov Bauer clearly said how he feels without the public wondering how he really is thinking. He could have proposed that the state provide training for people to get real jobs and begin to improve their lives.
    Dr. Steve Perry's comments were on the mark.

    However, the voters should not vote for him.

    Lee, New York

    January 26, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  159. Michelle Aucoin

    Living in S.C. is terrible. People here actually support this man. I would imagine that he also is anti-choice. I am tired of these hateful people insisting that a baby has more rights in the womb than outside. So wake up America. Your future leaders want every child born.......then starve them so you can punish their parents. Is this really the direction this country is headed. I hope not.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  160. sally agnone

    Given the fact that S.Carolina has one of the worst education systems in the country and high poverty and unemployment, this doesn't say much for the leadership they have or will have if they elect this man. He is hardly the person to fix the problems in learning which lead to poverty if he truly believes that it is the "childrens'" fault that they aren't successful. He pointed out the the test scores in the Title I schools were the lowest in the state-but that's not the way it is in our school system. Just because you're on free and reduced lunch doesn't mean you can't learn or that you are not intelligent. So it looks like they have a lot of work to do in these schools. And this is not the man to lead them because of his already built in biased opinion of the poor.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  161. Ray

    Lt. Gov. Bauer's is dead right on in his assessment. If we had more politicians that were like him and calling it like it is, instead of worrying about being "Politically Correct" Most of the issues our country is facing would be resolved a lot quicker.
    Instead most politicians are cowards that hide behind Political Correctness, never resolve anything, but hey they can keep their job because they are nice and don't make waves with anyone.
    You need to crack a few eggs to make an omelet, and that's all Lt Gov Bauer's doing.
    Lt Gov Bauer is a brave man and I for one have added him to my list of most admired political figures.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  162. John

    By the way, those of you attempting to play the race card here need to get your facts straight, once again. There is a majority of white people on welfare. It was clearly stated in the segment.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  163. Marion

    Its easy to say that when your not the one that need help. You never know what tomorrow holds. It could be him. The way things are going it could be him on it. You never know the shoe could be on the othere foot.Then what would he say?He need to stop it just could be him tommrow.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  164. nancy

    I have looked at these statements from a number of angles and I keep coming up with "racist". This is an almost 41 year old South Carolina native who quotes his grandmother. A "highly uneducated" white woman who obviously lived in the south at a time, in America's history, when Blacks were openly and directly (not metaphorically) equated to animals. I can vividly imagine the scenario/events that would have caused a "highly uneducated woman" to make a comment like "if you give an animal or person ample food supply they'll reproduce." What the...? Of course we know the governor was not speaking out "in favor of finding ways to break the government’s cycle of handouts and dependency." He equates "bad behavior" with "breeding" and of course we know who these breeding animals/people are. It is not rocket science. The governor was speaking out AGAINST government helping poor (go figure who these poor people are) people. I say, what the...?

    January 26, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  165. tim from Pa

    he make a very good point but in a bad way look at all the money we gave to the middle east in the past and we see where that has got us they take plains and fly them into building I think Americans should start in there own country and limit the time some one can have government assistance so u can put a stop to all the sponges living off the government

    January 26, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  166. Rachel

    It is wrong for him to compare poor student to animals...if they are poor it is because of student loans which the government needs to do somthing about it. Most student graduate from college already in dept.
    But base on his comments in quotes about welfare then I think he is right because the govenment provide for the people who are not disable and can work with nice condos, food, and money and so all they do is to have children. A responsible human usually have childeren (3-5) because they can take care of them and it won't be the government responsibility.....even the rich usually give birth to 1-3 kids because they want to be able to support and give them a better future...but some of people who don't have jobs to even support themselves keep have countless number of childeren because the government will provide for off cause it will encourage such acts and this will continue to increase the rate of street childeren and poverty because the parents will not use the money on them......but if the government restrategise this welfare and bring some strictness into it, it will save alot of money for the country and it will make us more responsible....Thank you

    January 26, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  167. Leland Avants

    What these politicians keep failing to realize is that we are their boss. Where do they think their paycheck comes from??? What is sadder is that most Americans forget this too and threat them like celebrities rather than the paid employees that they are.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  168. Charles

    Mr. Bauer is probably an anti abortionist which is an effort to spare lives. So, Mr. Bauer would rather see people starve to death while many of them are trying to make a life for themselves. People from all walks of life will reproduce. But what has Lt. Gov Bauer done to help people to gain a better life for themselves whereas they want be dependent on government. Regardless of his statement, life is life.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  169. Betsy

    How appalling and frightening. When anyone, especially government leaders, make statements like this, they have not 'mis-spoken'. It is simply the truth and understanding they hold. Although he is addressing a problem, his attitude is more alarming. No one like this should be in a position to represent folks in poverty and in need...they are doomed. His statements show personal selfishness, an inhumane attitude, and illustrate his utter resentment of part of the population he represents. With not even a speck of constructive thinking, he does not qualify to hold this position. No excuses. there's nothing to debate. I'm very sorry for his friends and family..and his grandmother....They must be shaking their heads with more than embarrassment.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  170. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Nancy ha ha your proubly right but you forgot being born with a silver spoon in his mouth .

    January 26, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  171. J.G.

    The Lt. Gov. comments we 100% accurate. His wording is very easy to understand. He was referring to animal behavior under a given situation and he was correct. We are a different species of animal but we will react predictably just like all animals under certain conditions. This is what he meant but that's not news worthy enough so instead you decide to twist his meaning and say he's calling welfare recipients animals which is not what he said at all.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  172. betty Union,SC

    Mr.Bauer and his Party has done little to bring jobs to SC, until lately. These people have tried to refuse to take the Stimulus money to keep some of the people feeding their families. I am a retired Guidance Counselor for the Schools here in Union,SC. I want to lay much of the problem at the door where it belongs. All of our important Local Law Officials have been charged with Corrupt Government. Our Tax Assessor has been Charged for Taking the money paid for NonSupport. Look these are children who need whatever meal they can get are compared to wild animals. Now, guess what lesson these children have to learn. I do think parents have to be more involved in their children's education, and as I volunteer, I see this happening here in Union.
    As Counselor, I had these persons in the schools in order to give positive images. This Corruption puts a damper on my teaching children. What about all the examples our State Government Officals are laying out before our children! Remember, children learn what they live.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  173. Sara

    Kudos to the Lt. Gov. Unfortunately, there are some people who really need the assistance, but it has become all to common in this economy to keep passing out money to those who really don't need it. If a person has no mental or physical problems, I believe they should do something before they get their food stamps or unemployment checks. They could clean up the parks, paint neighborhoods, even dig a hole and fill it back up. At least they are doing something to earn the money. We have people who will not work for minimum wage because then can earn more sitting around drawing unemployment and food stamps. And what is really irate, while they are sitting around, somehow they always have money for beer and cigarettes. It's just not right.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  174. Sam Berry

    Too much political correctness in America now days.Geeee wizzz light up people your so sensative.Perhaps a better choice of words about the poor was needed.But it is a ring of truth to it.Humans are at times just like animals when put in certain situations.Become dependent on government assistance,fight over food and wild animals then riot and protest.See it all the time on the NEWS.So who is right or wrong?

    January 26, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  175. frances quattlebaum

    I am a resident of SC and am appalled at the comments of A Baurer.

    Unfortunately there may not be a political price for him to pay here – lately i have heard comments from some people I thought would know better that have shocked me – eg wanting to secede from the Union and these are educated people.

    There is also very strong feeling against Obama with some ridiculous charges against him. John Lindsay who is a more moderate Republican has been sensured in at least 2 counties and I have heard some people say he is not a Republican whereas Joe Wilson whose behavior when he yelled out "you lie" to the president thrives, as does Jim DeMint.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  176. Arine Ward

    It totally appears to me...that all the comments of " He is right" He is right on, He is this and that...if this all be correct...please advise what the Hell the Lt. Gov. of SC has been doing in office all this time...and why S.C. is below avg in education...and yes this comment was Racist...The Rebel Flag fly's over the Capitol...

    This is all racist...we need to set off a March In this nation...that would really Humble some folk...People have forgotten just what we are capable of doing...lets Get it done...Let Freedom Ring...Lets Show how to hurt America...go back how things were done in the Civil Rights Movement...and Shut it all down until they ALL can get it right

    January 26, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  177. Salt Lake Utah

    It's refreshing to hear a politician speak w/out the political correctness sock stuffed in his mouth,'s hard to hear that poor people given perpetual aid (welfare) will continue to propagate the very problem we are trying to solve.

    I don't believe his metaphore was meant to degrade, but rather to make a point. We should listen to the message, instead of turning this into a PC issue. It's unfortunate, that the media and liberals favor the latter. Social welfare has proven itself a multi-generational failure.

    Why is it so inappropriate these days to verbalize that?

    January 26, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  178. Pat

    I believe bringing children into the world with no means to support them is the worst form of child abuse. The Lt. Governor's choice of words may have been poor, but he addresses a subject few have been brave enough to address.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  179. Anthony Darmanin

    you stated that most people are on welfair well in south carolina are white . I am white, no job no source of income and the state says I do not qualify for welfair and food stamps my family has to borrow from friends and family to survive so when it comes down to welfair where i live, white people don't get it. only in rare cases. sorry but your statement is quite wrong and you should not make the country think this way when you can't get your facts right, tell the truth please.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  180. Arine Ward

    Things happen, and children find their way into this if we ALL are not out promoting Safe Sex, and giving ALL our children condoms, and teaching them...America didn't even want the President of the United States talking to their children.

    So if they get pregnant unplanned...what your basically suggesting is they all get abortions...well then America Pay For It!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  181. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Why dont we just do things the new American way and vote him out of office or keep him casing civil unrest is a bit much .

    January 26, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  182. Steve

    Really, Harry Reid makes a direct racist comment against the first black President and you give him no negative air time? I guess party matters. You bring on two people who claim this is "racist" etc. What's racist about saying if you give people everything they need, you should not expect anything from them in return. I wouldn't expect you to understand that based on the arguments that you usually raise. Animals, bad analogy; racist, no!

    Bring a conservative on to get his opinion like Fox

    January 26, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  183. BEN

    You do not live in SC. I live in a rural part of SC. I work with public school teachers and it is a disappointing thing to see what walks through those doors, not all doors but most. 1) He(Bauer) is right for what he said, it is due do lack of educaton. 2) Why work when you get what you want for free.(That seems pretty smart to me!) 3) A reply to "Mr politically" correct, there is no structure for most of these kids at home. 4) This is due to years and years of support from "THE SYSTEM". It is broken and throwing money at the problem is not what is needed. And oh yeah lets not forget the testing and no child left behind. Why should a class room have to wait for five to seven bodies to catch up when they don't want to be there anyway. The truth hurts, but when schools are taken over by the state, and then given back to the county to run, because they could not change what was happening. LACK OF SUPPORT FROM HOME BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS WERE THE SAME WAY! More kids= More bread.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  184. Jonathon Grantz PA

    And calling this racist is funny because there are more whites in the direction of his comments than blacks or hispanics. People need to stop feeling bad for themselves and using race as crutch. The fact of the matter is people would rather buy crab legs with food stamps and sit on their couches watching millionaire than get a job and eat burgers. The Lt. Gov, albeit a poor analogy, was 100% on.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  185. Tomas Pinkerton

    What he says may be true for dogs. They are more fragile and vulnerable and can easily die and get killed. But if this "pro-life?" Lt. Gov. thinks that some of the hyper-hormonal folks in this country will stop "breeding" if the government stops helping their children to survive with "welfare" or "food stamps" he's dead wrong. If we really cut off all aid to the poor in this country, it's the children of the poor that would suffer the most. There would be an increase in diseases, hunger, early chidhood deaths, abuse, crime, truancy, and then there'd be fewer customers in the future to support the businesses of the kind of people who vote for this type of GOP goon.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  186. Albert Root

    There are country's that we feed & give too, maybe this type of action would be of value to us, and cut down on some of our problems later on from those worlds. Can't say it is not all truth either.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  187. Paul U

    The Lt. Governors comment is outrageous. He speaks of human beings as if their lab rats being classically conditioned. Yes people may take advantage of government programs such as welfare, but the answer isn't getting rid if it, it is to make it a complex system that does not allow those who use it to take advantage of it.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  188. tom

    Does this mean if we stop bailling out the bankers and financiers on wall street they will stop breeding ??

    January 26, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  189. Kyle Burbank

    People are animals. A human is a type of mammal.
    I have a college degree, but if someone gave me free money every week so I didn't have to work, guess what? I wouldn't work!
    If someone is on welfare and keeps having kids, why should that person's fellow taxpayers have to foot the bill? Buy some condoms or get a job!
    The lieutenant governor was right!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  190. Darla Dixon

    Are there those who abuse the system? Of course. But I believe in most situations, 90% of people are honest and 10% are dishonest. We lose 10% but we are helping 90% who really need it., and that's what matters in the end. What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?

    January 26, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  191. SV

    What gives this So-Called God Loving Christian typical southern bigot the right to decide about who gets social welfare! If this is what southern republicanism is all about I will never vote for them ever! Christian my Arse!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  192. Linda Capen

    Mr. Bauer could have used a little more finesse but his point is extremely valid. So many lie and cheat to gain government aid that it would amaze you. I know this for a fact. People need to be held responsible for thier own welfare at some point.You sort of contradicted yourself when you were talking to someone on air about how the Haiti people who were injuried just sat there and dealt with it. You said if it was an American they would have "sued". There is your prblem. The Haiti people have had no choice but to deal with what is going on around them and try to take care of themselves as much as possible given the situation. They are thankful ( some of them ) and know that the help will at some point end and they must carry on with thier life themslves. Americans EXPECT and believe they deserve aid for stupid reason. I say get off your "fanny" and take care of yourself. Welfare should not be " a source of income" permantly but yet there are thousands in every state and not "all white" ( that comment alone by you was racist ) who cheat and lie to gain welfare while those who honestly need it on a tempory basis can't receive it because they were honest about thier situation. Been there, done that. I know this for a fact also. I didn't sit at home " breeding" as Mr.Bauer said, and collect welfare for every child I had , themn go to the grocery store to buy food with an EBT card and have a bagger take them out for me to mry Mercedes. That is disgusting. I am married and have been for 24 years and worked very hard for what I have. It was tiugh sometimes but we did it. The welfare system needs to be wiped out and restarted with " transparency" like all government should be.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  193. Mark

    I think the comments he's made are very offensive and I cant believe a guy in his position would talk like that. Sad thing is people in this country will agree with him and we have these people like that running our country on a daily basis!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  194. Arine Ward

    As to the comments, that this is racial...Grow Up...this is totally racial...The entire statement, from his Uneducated Grandmother and her time-frame she was talking about blacks...and he encompassed its racial motivated toward all races...

    And until the Races Stand Up Agains Ignorance in America its always going to be its taught, breed, and infused in the living rooms, dining rooms, of AMERICA....

    The Very thing you teach your children or they see you do, they going to say and do the same...So its time now for a new Civil Rights that will take the nation to the next level of Human Respect!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  195. Norm

    It is to bad that Mr. Bauer's Grandmother chose to breed

    January 26, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  196. Ms Rick

    I agree partially with the message. But the metaphor was ridiculous. I do think that some people abuse the system. Others genuinely need help to get on their feet. Especially in these times. You also can't punish children for the circumstances they're born into.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  197. Clair

    I find it so sad that someone who claims to be a "true Christian" can be so hateful. If you follow the practices of the Bible you understand that Jesus preached caring for the poor. How can someone with such hate in his heart also believe that one should walk in the ways of Christ? My heart hurts for this lost man.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  198. Donna

    What a horrible statement from a governor to make it was irresponsible and unforgivable. What the heck was he thinking???

    January 26, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  199. Dave

    I think the Lt. Governor's message is accurate. It may have been poorly put, but he is right. The welfare system is flawed and helps perpetuate the problem in this country, as well as people abusing the system. I am bothered that the media seems to look for things to jump on politicians and celebrities simply for shock value. Most people wouldn't have thought twice about his comments without the media making it a big deal. I believe that media is as much to blame as the government for the state of our country today!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  200. Britta

    For those who are upset that their tax dollars are going to "low/no income" individuals, I question why they are not up in arms that their tax dollars are going to multi-millionaires who refuse to reign in spending. The rhetoric used by South Carolina's Lt. Governor is inexcusable. If he wanted to address other possible social issues that may or may not exist within South Carolina, he should have spoke about those instead of comparing an entire group of individuals to ignorant and incompetent animals.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  201. Kaea

    The Lt. Gov. did not go far enough. When you feed stray animals, yes they do breed. BUT – you need to feed them AND if you have the money to feed them, you need to have them neutered. Same with people who keep on "breeding" – how many generations of poor children have we fed through all those "hungry children" organizations? When we do, they grow up and have more children for us to feed. No, I don't think they should die. I think they SHOULD be fed. I also think they should be convinced, one way or another, NOT to have more poor children for us to support.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  202. Larry

    The really sad thing is that he will probably be the next governor. The politicians refuse to take responsibility for their actions and refuse to punish their cronnies (like the current Governor) he just got a reprimand (what the hell is that anyway)? If any of us left our job for a few days without telling anyone where we were, it would be grounds for immediate dismissal. SO.....they don't have any concequences for their actions so they don't care.......get it!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  203. Nigel Cheddie

    So now where do I begin??!?!?!?? First, I receive S.S.I. because I was born with Lymphedema and my condition is without a cure and I am currently a junior in college with hopes of heading to Law School. Second, to refer to people who receive assistance as "animals", that is mighty big-talk from a man who is always surrounded by bodyguards and security.... The people who should stop breeding are those who are truly ignorant like this Lt. Governor from South Carolina. I understand that some people are lazy in this country and abuse the system, however, if you approach the problem by investing in our areas where you feel this abuse is coming from, then maybe just maybe you might cure the issue....

    January 26, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  204. Darcey Doucette

    I am curious to know if the Gov. was including AIG and the other big banks in his comments? The biggest welfare hand out in our history was given to these institutions, was he saying that they are also breeding and we need to cut them off? I am sure the GOP is proud!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  205. John Tyler Pennsylvania

    Politicians are not always perfect as expected and they sometimes put their foot in their mouth. His message may be correct but a very poor choice of words.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  206. Johnny

    THat's the proven fall back position for people that have no clue- just yell RACISM! America just elected a black president, and you want to "hurt America"? Brilliant! Sharpton and Jackson will love that, because they are running out of reasons to extort American businesses and people.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  207. Elzabeth

    And, this person was elected to public office to represent ALL of his constituents. This is ignorace at work in our political system. What a shame!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  208. Marilyn Piper

    I don't like what Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said about the poor, however, I look to CNN to report the news. It's up to the viewers to respond to it. I don't like how often you interject your personal opinion into your reporting of the news. I think it lessens your credibility as an anchor.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  209. Brittany

    I can someone understand what the Lt. Gov is talking about, but the way it's said and the manner in which he said it is absolutely appalling. One can't dispute the fact that there are some that abuse the welfare system, but starving children is should never even enter one's mind. It's sad that someone this small-minded can be an elected official.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  210. Dorothy Kirkpatrick

    Equating stray animals to humans sounds like a person who "isn't very well educated".....not to mention a GOVERNOR! Shame on him!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  211. Jason Hearn

    I work a seasonal job and get laid off for four months every year. Almost everyone i work with will not seek employment during that period, the reason why, free money. Many people abuse the system. I grew up in the U.K. in the 70's and 80's. Everyone abused the system. It's an epidemic that needs to be addressed.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  212. Arine Ward

    AMERICA and every political party affiliation has forgotten just what Civil Rights mean, and until we Really STAND Up and stop marching on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day...and go back to marching everyday...cause some people to be late for work cause we standing in the freeways, and show them we will not be moved by your ignorant verbiage...
    Shut down the American System utilizing our Amendment Rights...then they will see...woe unto who you speak...this generation has forgotten just how powerful they are...but its Time...its TIME!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  213. Kathleen

    Typical heartless Republican. Is he prepared to make lunch for children who need to eat at school? So he thinks that you should just should stop feeding people? I am so glad he got outed and that everyone can see how cruel and heartless republicans really are. I am so grateful that we live in a country with people who care about children eating and moms getting help. Yes there are people who take advantage of the system but the system requires people to work now and to build their future. Its not that simple to even get help. There are kids who depend on foodstamps to eat and even if you want a job, they are not easy to come by now. I am just so glad this guy got outed because this is how republicans talk amongst themselves, until they or someone they love loses their jobs

    January 26, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  214. Mike Schmidt

    Are people upset because he's right, or just because he said it in public? His grandmother was right, he is right, and something needs to be done! Good for him, and if all politicians were in the same frame of mind, perhaps proper allocation of funding across our nation would be happening. Why do people feel sorry for the poor and underprivileged people that never make any attempt to pull themselves up from the poverty level? Trust me, if someone continuously filled your pockets with money for nothing, would you really bother looking for ways to stop that???

    January 26, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  215. Lee

    Right On, Gov.! CNN Anchors feign surprise at what Darwin and Physiologist have ALWAYS taught. The language may be cold but the facts are undeniable

    January 26, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  216. Jeff

    Who better than a politician to talk about this. It is they who keep coming back time and again to suck the well (and taxpayers) dry. As well as to take all they can. Hypocrites

    January 26, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  217. Cyrus in North Carolina

    Well here is another SC poltician that needs to get lost on the Appalachian Trial.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  218. Kyle Burbank

    Hey, Irvin:

    Lt. Gov. Bauer didn't mention race. You just said most welfare recipients are white, so how is Bauer racist? You must have a problem with your fellow black people, to assume he was talking about black people when he never mentioned race.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  219. Carin

    I love Krya in the morning. It is honest, real reporting. Lt Governor Andre...whatever is just plain stupid and mean spirited.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  220. Arine Ward

    All this he is 100% correct....then start handing out condoms, and teaching your children the importance of Safe Sex...or get ready to pay for the clinic visits to rid AMERICA of its problem...the children of sex acts...

    Include it in the Health Bill, all these people want it...they want AMERICANS to abort children, they're not teaching them, they don't want the 1/2 black President speaking to their children. Free abortions to cut welfare!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  221. Sam

    He may have spoke out of turn, But the meaning is still there!! An People like are not looking at the big picture. Everyone complains about this country's money problem but think that welfare is ok.. The system was orginal designed to give people that need a hand get it, not as a life long income!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  222. Bruce

    I feel sorry for this man but this is still a big part of the republican party. They will not change.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  223. Nick Lewis Washington

    I think the comments of the Lt. Governor were correct, yet used a bit condescendingly. In a modern era were political correctness is such a major issue I believe he went one step too far. However, the topic of people using and abusing the system to make it easier for a comfortable form of living is an issue that dates back to the Johnson administration and the creation of Social Security. Giving them free money in a sense through form of food vouchers and things discounted, leads to dependency and the mindset of believing it is OK to just take this handout willingly. The appropriate response is that we need to address the issue of those who are abusing it and focus on a more encompassing program that discourages that but fully opens up the opportunity for furthering themselves, in order to get off of welfare.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  224. Chris

    It is misplaced to assume that only poor people recieve public assistance and that all those who do are dependent upon it.

    While abuse does happen, I doubt that it is as widespread as people assume.

    It is also misplaced, and unintelligent, to assume that people who are on public assistance are somehow more inclined to "breed" than those who are not.

    The metaphor, to say the least, was terrible.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  225. Aaron

    Such statements are due to a lack of knowledge of and the objectification of people with no understanding of the role that society has played in creating the current reality. South Carolina has a long history of prejudice and mistreating African-Americans. In 1961 a gas station attendant refuse to repair my father's tire because he was black, driving a new car and from N. Carolina. A white friend stated that she could not go to her sister's wedding in S.C. because Strom Thurmond would be at the wedding.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:15 am |

    In our complacient society there are families that use the help to divert resources to recover and stand back into a productive mode. There are also families that not only use the help, they abuse it and recruit friends to expand such abuse.

    The Lt. Gov. was refering to the abusers, they multiply. He is receiving so much heath because he has been taken out of context and is a republican. Irrational people are always ready to take ofense in anything they hear. Smart people discern what the message has to say.

    Just my comment (dock and cover from politically correct zealots).

    January 26, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  227. Angelica Rosado

    All this man did was speak the truth. It also brings up another important issue besides welfare. Like, birth control, Population control? Natural resources don't last forever and unfortunately it is beginning to really matter how many people are brought into this world. Statistically, the people who can actually support children on their own are not those having them. Here is an idea, how about to sign up for welfare you also have to sign up for some type of contraceptive. I'm sure people will over-react and immediately compare this to Hitlers idea of a pure race but that just isn't the case. People want & want from the government then say it doesn't have the right to have a say in what we do. It's like asking your parents for money then acting like a unappreciative brat when they ask us to take out the trash. We need to stop being to overly sensitive and worried about being PC and start focusing on the real issues and what needs to be done to progress as a country and not run dry as a world. The harsh truth is, it isn't the governments responsibility to ensure that we survive. We get mad at the political officials for not responding the "right way" to Hati victims and then get upset when we are told we might go without. We can't help everybody, inside or outside of this country we just can't do it. So yes, to go back to his metaphor, we need to stop feeding the "stray dogs" who aren't attempting to improve the system and focus on not going under. I say help when we can but don't become a source to be relied upon. ((And before you jump to judgments I am not some old white man. I am a 22 year old Dominican female struggling through the system myself to pay for college. And I STILL feel this way))

    January 26, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  228. Mike Schmidt

    To the people posting that the Lt. Gov. is a racist, he nevers mentions that a particular race is to blame. Someone mentioned that there are more white than black on welfare, I'm sure he has the facts in front of him or readily available. Some people are so trigger happy to pull the race card that they don't even listen or read the issue or agenda. Seems to me that they are the racists.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  229. Marc

    Six months ago I was making $85,000 a year. My mortgage was crippling, I never saw my family, and I couldn't afford to see a doctor. Now that I receive public assistance I spend time with my family and I don't have to worry about the roof over my head. Best of all, my family's healthcare 100% copay free. Going back to work with be financially devastating to me and my family.

    What few seem to realize is that an unregulated private sector coupled with irresponsible government spending has killed the American dream.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  230. Karina

    I think that the governor used poor choice of words, but i agree with him. There are too many people in this county who make a living out of living of the government and have an enormous amount of children, knowing that the state will take care of them. With rent, food stamps, childcare and college. Since the mother cannot completely afford their irresponsible lifestyles for having over 3 children we the hard working tax payer takes care of their children, while we struggle to feed, shelter, and take care of 2 children. And because me make a decent (still not enough) amount of money, we dont have any help, not even with college like these kids do and its not fair. its not fair that these people do not put in a cent into the system, and still manage to file for taxes and get over 4,000.00 back, if they live of the state yes they should file for taxes, but not get money back, while we the normal family of 4 that makes an average of 70 thousand dollars, if they rent, will never get any money back... its simply not fair

    January 26, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  231. Arine Ward

    Then all these comments on welfare this and that....what are you doing to help the problem? Are you opening businesses hiring folks and paying them above minimum wage? No, they're only good enough to serve you, but not work for you...

    Until Jobs, and that isn't just the office of the President to create jobs, its up to you as well...Get busy and get these welfare recipients to work..

    January 26, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  232. Bob Johnson

    Nice to hear a politician speak the truth. Everything he said is accurate. PC is a joke. It is not the federal government's job to care for you cradle to grave, generation after generation.

    Teach a man to fish...

    January 26, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  233. David M.

    I wonder, is this guy a Christian? He needs to revisit his Bible, if so.
    Pick up a concordance look under poor, then revisit his position.

    Also, that scientist you folks had on to justify his piece of the pie. The
    whole time was wondering how much that chair cost he was sitting in.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  234. Kevin

    How can we say that a person is capable of caring for a child if they are incapable of providing for their own needs? Requiring some sort of long-term, but reversible, birth control to receive welfare appears to be a reasonable requirement. It helps to lock out multigenerational abuse and provides an incentive to stop receiving welfare. If we look back in history, England actually imposed birth control in their poor houses by splitting families into gender specific dorms.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  235. John

    While the Lt. Govener did stick his big foot in his mouth, he did touch on a larger issue, I don't know if it was by accident or intentional.

    Over population is the larger issue, the specific part of this problem is that the poorer part of the population has a higher birthrate. This cycle generaly continues which then means you have more poor people that need help with fewer resources to help them with.

    The challange is to have a civil conversation on this issue and than take steps to solve the problem, not make stupid comments like the Lt. Govener did.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  236. Lynn

    Yes, the substance of what Gov. Bauer said is true, although he used poor verbage. Parenthood should be a privilege, not a right. One must be able to provide food, shelter, education, moral substance, and love for a child, and the intent to be responsible for that human being and not expect the government, grandma, or anyone else to raise it. All the earth's problems are caused by overpopulation, no doubt about it.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  237. Daniel Heimberger

    Wow I'm finding it hard to find the right words to express how I feel about what this fool has said. It is not by choice that I'm with out a job,I was laid off in Dec. 2008 and if not for my unemployment check I would not still have my home as I would not be able to make my house payment. It was not my choice to be laid off from from a job in which I had nine plus years in even more so at my age of 54 . Is this not why I have been paying taxes for such times as this. If there was jobs available to me that paid enough to make my bills I would be working . I can not stand not having a job would much rather be working so to hear such things come out of ones mouth I'm still shocked to be call a worthless animal not worthy of help even though this is what I have paid taxes for . He should be strip of his job and not allowed to work in any government or political job of any kind and forced to relying on unemployment and worry about making a house payment and other bills. I no that there are those who would rather do nothing and live off the government always will be a few people like that but for the most part People want to work and they have a sense of pride about them self to do so. It is because of people like him that the country is in the shape that it is in and I bet bet he first in line to vote foe a raise in pay. This man has been steeling the peoples money for to be office is severs the people not him self. I voted for Obama because I wanted to believe jobs for the People would be his first on the agenda not rewarding bankers for a job poorly done,stop talking about creating jobs and do it for I would much rather be working. This Bauer should have to go trough the stress that my wife and I are constantly under worrying about making ends meet and just how much longer we can hold on before we lose it all every thing we have worked for gone. Find me a job that pays close to what I was earning and I will be more then happy to take it. Lastly this man should to walk in the shoes of the people who have lost there jobs due to such wonder thinkers such as he,wow what a vile person.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:20 am |

    Can't we let S.C. secede? Their Officials are a continually a national and international embarassment.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  239. Duane Carpenter

    I agree with the governor, but I don't think he is a man that care's for people enough to fix the problem.
    I am on welfare, it is the most cruel system. I had to be on the system do to crohn's disease, and lost my business, and finances. I was prescribed cheap medicine that had created cognitive disorders, which created fluctuations of emotional instability. Now I am being treated, due to the disease advancing and putting a hole through my digestive system, costing $100k a year, and being permanently placed on government assistance. I could not survive on this assistance, which ended up placing me and my son, in the worse situation.
    You want to learn something, learn to live in moderation, so you have more time to invest in helping others, instead of helping your self. Welfare does not give kids opportunities to enjoy life, going on vacations, giving them things to do, it only creates the problem of adapting them to the streets, like wild animals.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  240. Arine Ward

    @Mike and Angelica, and any others...

    you state that he didn't mention Race...or more whites than blacks receiving aide...All of it is're so use to it being placed on blacks you don't even see when its happening to you...and then you agree that people are poor and animals....what are each of you doing to help the problem? Where are your seminars on Safe Sex and human, and nature control? Where are the jobs you created for people?

    Until your actively doing something that is beneficial your only adding to the problem... These people understand the position they're in...but what is being done to bring them out...?

    They go out and get served dinner just like you, so they want Jobs, above serving and cleaning...

    and its not the Presidents Job to create them its yours America..You, We the people of these United States

    January 26, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  241. CP

    Sad but he is reflecting the feelings of the majority of the Republican Party.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  242. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    God will not be happy to see our government helping those who want to continue to get rich off the people and now the government is helping them when there are poor people in need that cannot work! The government should be helping those who live on a monthly income from social security alone. I am on SSD and my income is $1,417 a month which went down from about $2,000 when my son finished high school and now he's in collage. If I did not take my ex-wife in to help her because she is on SSI with about $600 a month there would be no way I could afford to live on my income alone as it is I have to go to food pantries at the end of the month. They give only one dinner meal and a lot of canned food like vegetables and soup. I am on medicaid which charges me a spend down of $727 a month for my medical needs which went down in November to $390 a month. I had never gotten a bill so now I owe nearly $4,000 and Wabash Valley hospital will not see me anymore until I pay $111 every time I see someone like my doctor, psychiatrist or nurse. I see the doctor about every 2 months, my psychiatrist once a month and the nurse twice a month for a shot of resperdal consta 50mg.There is no way for me to pay the cost of my mental health care. Is there some money in the stimulus to help people like me.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  243. Erinn

    Hi there. My name is Erinn and I'm a full time student. I actually know a lot about this being on some types of Oregon welfare myself with my fiance. My fiance has end stage renal disease and pancreous failure, he is on SSD, NOHA housing program, medicare and does recieve food stamps. He worked hard for many years, he actually had two jobs the day they told him he wouldn't be able to work anymore, and we appreciate every bit of help we can get. Living in NOAH housing we have seen so many people abusing welfare programs, meth users (and do not doubt, A LOT of welfare people are junkies, I've seen it, its truly terrifing to live somewhere where walking to your door is scary, the cops are always busting in the neighbors doors, its horrible) spending their gov. checks on drugs, having more children to get more money. One woman had 8 kids, she recived hundreds of dollars in food stamps, not to mention rent, and an actually dollar amount per child! The messed up thing is, here's jeff and I, he with renal failure, paid taxes his whole working career, on a low pottassium, low sodium, low sugar, low phosphorus diet and he recieves $60.00 in food stamps. While the girl next door with three kids is recieving $600.00 a month. Don't get me wrong, kids have got to eat, but I kind of agree that it perpetuates the "want" to stay on welfare. I've had the misfortune of working with some chicks that would call in sick to work constantly because if they work to many hours in a month they're benifits get cut! This is MALARCKY!!! We need to look at procreation in the United States. Sometimes I ( in my most delusional state of mind of course...) wish I had gotten knocked up at the ripe age of 16. Then the government could pay my rent, electric billl, food bill and send me money to boot! Meanwhile jeff and I struggle to get his medications, food (big thanks to the local food bank that has helps us every month, although its not the best food for him what do ya do...), gas so I can get to school and of course doctors apts that are about 50 miles away, the list goes on and on.The crazy thing is ITS SOOO EASY NOT TO GET PREGNANT!!! Birth control is free! I've been on it since I was 18 and NEVER have had a pregnanccy scare! ITS FREE AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINICS ALL OVER THE PLACE! There seems to be a trend of females getting pregnant on purpose, I wonder why? hmmmm. maybe we should think about a procreation law, nobody really need more than two...

    January 26, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  244. Chris

    The debate is fundamentally about welfare reform, not about racism or population control, or Darwin or political correctness or anything else.

    The main point is whether or not his assumptions are tenable, and they most likely are not

    January 26, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  245. Richard LaPlant

    Andre Bauer is 100% correct. anyone that disagree with him is ignorant to what is going on. My wife and I hear everyday from poor neighborhoods that poor people say they don't want to work when they can get free money from the government. They purposely pretend to apply for a job and then don't show up for work just so they can present to government agency and say they need free money. If you live by poor neighborhoods and talk to them for a few months you will discover it for yourself.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  246. LORI

    He is SO correct and it's to bad that our government has to be "politically" correct and not speak the truth. I'm TIRED of working and working HARDER and HARDER to get to survive and than I go to the grocery store the lady ahead of me pays for her food with food stamps, has her nails and hair done, brand new clothes on, more gold around her neck that I've own my whole life, her kid is dressed nice with gold on and than goes out and gets in her cadillac. I die/cut my own hair, I don't have my nails on and the only gold I own is my wedding ring. I use coupons and shop sales and I drive a 10 year old car with 100,000 miles on. I come home and ask my husband, what am WE doing wrong? Yes, I have a home but I don't get FREE rent, I have to pay mortgage and than pay to maintain it. Yes, my kid goes to college but doesn't get FREE or reduced tuition and/or books, he has student loans. Yes, my other kid takes AP in high school but I HAVE to pay the $84 fee, I don't get them FREE or FREE or reduced lunches. He is SO CORRECT in what he said....good for him.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  247. Melanie

    Bouer is not so far off but has a very poor choice of words. Paul needs to wake up if he thinks all people living in poverty are trying to"climb out" I know times are tuff but thanks to our tax dollars food stamps and an occ odd job this is a way of life for many people. there is no incentives to do better. The middle class people are paying for it . It would be great if it was temporary assistance to help people get on thier feet but the program enables and encourages people not to work and punishes the ones who do with more and more taxes. Oh how I miss Lou Dobbs!!!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  248. B.A McDowell

    SC has its problems like the rest of the country and jerks like this need to be ousted ...he probly grew up on welfare and ate a free lunch in school too people need to stand up to people like the Lt. Governor in SC other thing if he went to college he got some kind of help from the goverment...enough of this crap

    January 26, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  249. Arine Ward

    @Richard LaPlant,

    While your speaking and interacting with these poor not willing to work, only wanting to receive welfare...just seeking a hand out...what are you saying to them? Are you showing them how you and your wife made it, are you being an example to them?

    Sounds like your infusing them with nothing, and then on the blog exploiting them, and telling others to the visit the poor and hear how they talk... when you go to the poor, carry some form of Hope with you...Poor people need hope and door of light showing them they can make it...they don't want handouts they want Security...

    Until you can show them how to attain that...stop talking behind their backs, makes me think really why are you in the poor neighborhoods...Hmmm?

    January 26, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  250. Darin Williams

    I see this as an example of my new dream which all of America should start to work towards, a goal to end welfare as we know it, a state of mind to end poverty, a new path to a higher education, a solid foundation for universal health care, and the best result of all, a new pride in America. We need to set a goal to end unemployment, I believe everybody wants to work to earn their own way through life, and that no one enjoys sitting around waiting on hand-outs. This is a matter of true national security, on the theory of a chain only being as strong as its weakess link, if every citizen is secure then the whole nations security is stronger. I do have a plan on how we can succeed in achieving my dream, but I can be long winded and its a BIG plan. Thanks, Darin Williams

    January 26, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  251. KP

    While I do believe that the assistant programs do need some overhauling in this country, I find the Lt. Governor's comments distasteful, inappropriate, and somewhat offensive. But of course I am sure some other politician will make a gaff here in the next few days and the words from South Carolina will be forgotten.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  252. Arine Ward

    now the children can't have free or reduced lunch because they're poor. Its a sad day with these comments.... Again...bring on the Abortions...

    So basically Americans it should be mandatory that all welfare recipients be giving abortions or welfare...

    Bring it on Healthcare ...we want the abortion portion passed..America is willing to pay..because they're not teaching...nor do they want the 1/2 black President talking to their children so let them pay to kill the unborn, and then they can be a Perfect America!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  253. kc sharp

    The Lt. Gov. Is absolutely right-on the mark! Non-politically speaking...The TRUTH hurts. Thank You for your courage in addressing such a critical issue. As for the so-called political polite-–Keep decorating the rhino in the living room of our country,till the roof caves in . KC

    January 26, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  254. Gloria

    The Lt. Gov's statement serves to only further prove what has REALLY been known all along.....who the real barbarians are (it is him and others similarly situated). When will ALL DECENT AMERICANS-AND CITIZENS WORLDWIDE- finally put an end to the utter IDIOCY as displayed by this pitiful behavior. GOD HELP US.......ALL.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  255. Jay Cee

    What the Lt. Governor says is an historic, endemic sore on the American South. Historic because what you see now is the result of the forefathers of the people this Lt. Gov. is referring to not being afforded an education or equal rights. Education is like a bread basket, if nothing is put in it, nothing can be gotten out of it. Education and knowledge is like an inheritance, it has to be passed down in order for connections to be made and the enheritance to grow. Without it, all is lost. The condition of the thinking of the poor people of SC is the result of a long, long, long, line of racist laws from slavery to Jim Crow, lack of opportunity and access, and the acceptance of these conditions by the people in charge. . Now, you expect miracles. In some instances, yes, collectively, no. At least be honest, state the facts. In a pending storm, weather men/women talk about where the storm is coming from, how the storm developed, and what to expect when the storm arrives. Well, this is South Carolina's storm. You should have seen it coming. Now, you want to blame the victims. Typical.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  256. Phil

    The Lt. Gov's metaphor just implicated him on his views with those in poverty and how he probably judges certain groups of people. I'm sure he meant to direct the message to those who abuse the system but his metaphor gives the idea of looking down at the poor and comparing them to animals who don't "know any better" which somehow "breed" genetically poor offspring. It's prejudice caught on tape, and I would say political suicide as I would not vote for an official who has such a view on people.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  257. Richard LaPlant

    @ Arine Ward

    You make good point about hope and a door of light and showing them they can make it. But I never act better than anyone else. I just blend in and go to parks and discount stores and I hear SOME people brag that they are happy not having a job and they say they learned how to lie to the govenment to get more money such as claiming their dogs as children on their taxes.
    I had many hard times in my life, but I always managed to find a legal way to get money. I'm even washing dishes on the weekend as a 2nd job to make ends meet. And I'm very happy to live in the US knowing that I can get help if I need it. Someday if I do need government help I will be very greatful for the agencies that will help me.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  258. Michele Burnside

    This is the most ridiculous statement from a man in postion, he should be ashamed, as should many who have posted agreeing with the Lt. Gov.
    I am a 48 yr.old single Mother of a 9 yr. old, I lost my job back in Sept 09, after GM cut backs and Bankruptcy, I was forced to seek out medical assistance from our state (MI.) Our jobs were lost and I cannot find work these days. I make 463.00$ every two weeks on Employment and DO NOT qualify for state funded relief, except Medicaid for my child, that does not include me. And as for feeding me and my child through state funded food programs well again I only qualify for 78 dollars a month.
    I have paid into our system for years, taxes and working everyday to support myself and my family, hell I even help bail out the banks and GM just before they took out jobs away. Those guys in the mortgage and banking business are still recieveing their big fat BONESUS.
    So tell me does it end people? Michele ...Flint Mi.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  259. ron mass.

    Living in Massachusetts the nanny state and volunteering with a family in so called poverty my observations: Given the choice between working and staying home collecting welfare most people on the system will stay home, smoke cigs and surf the web. Here you get food, rent, heat, and healthcare free if you have more kids than you can support and tax payers foot the bill especially if they "don`t know who or where the father is" Why work? Self esteem is non existant. The fraud with the food debit card is unbelievable, so much money is given that they actually pass the card and pin # to friends to shop for food then that friend will pay in cash the food card holder 50% of the total cost of food. This endless cycle needs to stop! GIVE A PERSON A FISH AND THEY EAT FOR A DAY, TEACH THEM TO FISH THEY EAT FOR A LIFETIME. Dont give them the fish and they will learn how to provide for themselves. In Massachusetts we have a giant government making money on the backs of the poor by keeping them poor. WAKE UP! JUST SAY NO TO ENABLING. The Lt. Govenor was right on the money, his analogy to animals right on the money.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  260. Mrs. Graham

    Where is American's today? Let's take a speculative look at where American's are in 2010. What was the main objective to the Bill of Rights? Did the First Congress of America in the year 1789 propose to amend the Constitution? What about George Mason? What was his reason for wanting even to amend the Articles of Confederation? I'll tell you! To keep the greedy, with, the greedy! The voices behind the Confederate State of South Carolina, continue to show why the "Virginia Declaration of Rights", and as George Mason states; It has no declaration of rights!" In this decade, we see no difference in the prejudicial behaviorial charateristics behind the illness,"greed" than we saw, as well as recieved, during and before the Declaration of Independence. Lt. Governor Andre Bauer further teaches the prejudice and what it means to American History! He is pitifully pathetic.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  261. Matt

    "You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves." Abraham Lincoln

    Mr. Baurer shared an anecdote from his past. He related it to a political issue. He made his views clear not ambiguous as many politicians will. The true meaning in his statement appears to be lost by the media in the terminology used.

    The welfare system at its conception had merrit. Help for the hard working tax payer in a temporary time of hardship. Enter the law of unintended consequence, now people make a living out of how to beat the system. Generations of families living on welfare. The system needs to be overhauled. See blog above Erinn.


    January 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  262. Barbara Johnson

    Apparently some of the people here who 1. complain about media reporting/slanting/skewing this 'comment'...are loving every minute of the opportunity to rant and rave...(240 comments!) 2. think they are the perfect ones because they are: hard workers/white/'middle class' and responsible. 3. really believe that the only reason people seek help is because they are 'lazy/poor/slovenly/constantly pregnant'...3.want to control everything, but want no government involved. 4. believe there should be no abortion, but keep every incomplete/malformed baby for someone else to care for in an institution (run by the government!). 5. Always have the answers for everyone else...because it allows them to ignore their own situation (whatever it is).

    People elected to office in this country apparently steal/freeload/lie and amounts which make one's hair stand on end...It isn't the people who need assistance...It is the political system which needs to be cleansed of its lazy/dishonest/coercing/destructive/incompassionate ways. Please make sure when/if we reform the political system...we require that anyone who seeks office must be spayed/neuterd and childless so they may set a good example for all of those 'nasty/poor' people who inhabit our country. We should have kept King Bush...then the serfs would have been sent to concentration camps (called reservations) to remove all of the ugly people in the nation from sight...Isn't that what they do in other countries? The behavior of many of our politicians today is unconscionable...Give me the 'good ole days' with the 'good ole boys' when men ruled the world and everything was just dandy!!

    January 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  263. Arine Ward

    @Richard LaPlant,

    I certainly understand and applaud your standing! However, as a Citizen of these United States, when you hear of these types of behaviors, you really should report them...if people are speaking so openly about them cheating the system its time for a System Crack Down...time to pull a Sting on Welfare and weed out the true from the fake...

    If the IRS hasn't caught on to them claiming dogs, and animals on the taxes, they will...oh they will...its just a matter of time...and should they slip through the cracks...then they will have a different plight to me they will reap what you sow...

    January 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  264. John Alafonso

    I do not believe it is in the best interest of our country to continue to subsidize people's sex lives.

    Since you have opened this subject for comment; I suggest laws be enacted to allow confiscation of all extended family member's property or income to the amount required, necessary to support to those family members applying and qualifying for public assistance.

    I do believe we are obligated to aid all children. Especially those who are condemned to poverty by parents (exclude the disabled) who depend on public assistance.

    There should be a ceiling on welfare payments, limited to the number of children alive now, but to include those that may be in the womb. However limited to births in the first nine months after legislation is enacted. No way will this stop children being born to the female recipients of financial assistance, but it should reduce the number of pregnancies.

    Make the families of these fathers and the mothers be financially responsible for these children. I believe father, mother, sister and brother, aunt and uncle, grandma and grandpa will supervise the behavior of one another. To the extent that control of the libido will reduce the need for government financial dependence. Especially if the family has to chip in to support these children.

    This seems fair to me considering payroll taxes are collected before we receive our pay and in part this pay is dispersed to these qualifying welfare recipients by the government.

    We have laws using the threat of fines and detention for not wearing seat belts and suchlike. I know there is the occasional person detained for non support but judges are very timid when jailing deadbeat parents. Therefore I suggest we exile all "deadbeats" to what ever country will accept them. It would even be worth paying a transportation and deplaning fee to be rid of them.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  265. Diana Maloney

    Don't worry about the comment against you, Kyra. Thank goodness SOMEONE is speaking up for the animals who can't do it for themselves. People would do well to remember the words of Gandhi: "A nation can be judged by the way they trreat their animals."

    January 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  266. Lillian in Kannapolis, NC

    If sustenance is what the animal seek, certainly, he will find it...(The world renown survival strategy), Do you think?!, Let's consider: Hunger and Sexual prowess; which would the senator choose, would it matter which occurred first? More than likely, both would initiate an insatiable-ravishing desire to unilaterally address "the king in his own court" whom seeks to eradicate the proposed "self-induced impoverish conditions of the animal?", through courtly-royal ideologies of cronies, affiliated with writs of certiorari which in turn, could annihilate the animal's existence and lineage thereof. GOD FORBID.

    Hence, one must inquire; "Is life-sustaining sustenance a catalyst to procreation?" Let's inquire of the Senator, did hunger stop his grandmother or him?


    January 26, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  267. Dodie

    I understand his statements and agree with most of them. I raised a child on my own without any assistance from anyone as I worked the entire time. Collecting Welfare and Medi-Cal was unacceptable. I need to be responsible for all my actions including the number of children I decided to birth.

    I also worked the entire 11 years I went through College obtaining a Ph.D. I did receive a scholarship since I carried a 4.0 GPA. If I am able to do this, why not other people? I have worked 40 years of my life always contributing into the system. Democracy Only works if everyone is willing to contribute!

    January 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  268. the truth

    the only people who are going to have a problem
    with his statements are people on welfare!

    work cures poverty
    welfare perpetuates it!
    we are on the road to welfare socialism!

    January 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  269. Mrs. Graham

    "You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves." Abraham Lincoln

    This was Matt's premise above; however, how so? "You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves" Given the opportunity equally, the statement is is then reversed, "Themselves, for do not-nor-will they-want doing for them, permanently; you men, we cannot help!

    Why are we having this discussion? The values that America were built on is the root of America's social, economic, and educational woes. Why? Greed!! Don't fault today's circumstances to today. These started some time ago, and if "greed" would not have been the "need", maybe a careful and considerable analysis of philosophical thought could have been drawn to begin with. But the thought is an old one. Much older than the thought in which would come much later..

    January 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  270. Mary

    His remark about rewarding bad behavior was right on. The welfare programs were a very good idea in concept, however, you will always find the unscrupulus criminal aspect who will cash in on it. This having (reproducing) just to get more welfare monies has been going on for generations and is actually a "profession" for many people. This practice makes a mockery of the welfare system .

    January 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  271. James Cobalo

    Lt. Gov Bauer is 100% correct. Illega immigrants on Section 8 and Welfare are reproducing at a rapid rate. The average family is 5-6 children. At their rate of reporoduction Latinos will have a U.S. population of 100 million in twenty years. If the Government did not house and feed "thoose people" the problem would be solved. What Washington needs is more people who will have the courage to speak as honestly as Lt. Gov. Bauer.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  272. Roger

    On the subject of Welfare; It is people the likess of U.S. Rep. Guetieres(spelling ?) who would have every American family support an illegal immigrant family that is the proplem. Who keeps relelecting this person? Orther Latinos; thats who!

    January 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  273. William Joseph Miller, Los Angeles

    Since South Carolina is in the heart of the Bible belt, it's only appropriate to ask this question. What would Jesus do?
    Jesus said "Blessed are the poor." He healed the sick without ever asking about their health insurance. He told the rich man to sell all he had and give to the poor. He also said that it was harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than for a camel to pass through a needle's eye.
    I can't help thinking of that good old fashioned country Western classic, the Harper Valley PTA. Andre Bauer is an excellent example of a Harper Valley hypocrite.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  274. William Joseph Miller, Los Angeles

    If Andre Bauer is so concerned about the poor people reproducing, then why doesn't he open family planning clinics throughout South Carolina? I might also point out that the infant mortality rate in South Caroline is three times as high as it is in France, which incidentally has a "socialized" medical system.
    I'm sure Andre Bauer opposes abortion, but isn't abortion a good way to reduce the consequences of unplanned preganancy. What's the purpose of bringing a baby into the world, if you are going to let it die because of inadequate pre-natal care?
    To paraphrase a comment made by Paul D in Toni Morrison's Beloved, Andre Bauer needs to remember that we walk on two feet, not four.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  275. Butch

    Why does CNN try to smear politicians? Just to get headline news?

    Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is a decent guy and I don't think he need be raked over the coals just so you 'have a story' on your 24/7 nerwscast.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  276. MR.AL


    Did you forget your compassion, where did you leave it? Are you afraid they are taking something away from you? Is your family well taken care of? What do suggest we do? Starve them put them in a cage? Or do we just forget about them. There was a man during WW II his name was ALDOPH HITLER he forgot!!!! It seems Conservatives have forgotten!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  277. melvin north

    this is the same guy who got hand outs when he was a child so often people forget where they come from and anyway, where are the jobs, certainly not in sc and crab legs aren't just for the rich who are spending cash poor people like crab legs too and this guy should work for sc pro-bono true measure of one's character he's a joke stop paying him then lets see how he reacts instead of robbing the south carolinians let them keep that money that they pay you or donate it to charity naw he's too selfish for that.good ol boy

    January 26, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  278. Robert

    The Lt. Gov. is spot on! Liberals dont want the flow of free money so they will bark at this, but the truth hurts! How you can go to sleep at night knowingly know you are living off of someones labor! We need more people to speak up and out on the enabling Obama and the liberal congress is doing....its destroying this country within!

    January 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  279. Robert

    Heres one how about the tax payer and the ones recieving free entitlements switch so the moochers can support the tax payer for once! Oh I bet they would not like that! I`m tired of hearing wheres your compassion? I have plenty of compassion but watching the pregnant girl pay for her 2 carts of groceries with a Bridge card while talking about her next drug deal on the Blackberry! Its sickning sad!

    January 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  280. Robert

    No the laws should be to where they force one to care for their own then they would stop having babies! As long as the system allows people to severly abuse it it will continue and at some point the people in line with their hand out will be larger than the line to pay for them!

    January 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  281. Chris

    We should not stigmatize the poor just because they are poor. No one has control over whether or not they will be born poor. It's completely random. Therefore, those who are fortunate enough not to be born poor should try to help those who are.

    Also, those who are born poor obviously have less resources. No amount of hard-work can make up for a lack of resources.

    However, the assumption that if you are poor, you should be forced into an abortion (presumably to not be given government assistance) is, like Mr. Bauer's assumption, untenable.

    January 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  282. Greg

    Why does everything come down to race? I didn't hear him say anything pertaining to color yet there are many comments here from folks throwing down the race as usual...
    Most of those on welfare are white...WOW, did I hear that correctly? WHITE! So let's not be so quick to assume as to the color someone is referring to unless, of course, you are racist as well.

    January 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  283. skip

    I hate to say it but Paul is right. Haitians especially their governments have a sad history of abusing whatever aid their given. And ten million people on a small Island where people are very Catholic and don't believe in wearing condoms is a recipe for disaster. What happened in Haiti (the earthquake) is an enormous human tragedy and the people there do need lots of help. Let's just hope the people there who were involved in the past coupes don't abuse the kindness of others. Having more children than you can afford is a problem in any society. The comment was said at a very inappropriate time, so that makes the comment kind of wrong, but essentially the guy was speaking the truth. With that said god bless Haiti and it's people. I hope their entire nation prospers in all ways.

    January 27, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  284. Sean

    Hello Kyra,

    I believe his comments on Haiti to be a little radical and harsh. However, I have been having a little Haiti-Raid myself. I do believe we should be doing all we can to help our neighbors. However, it seems as a country in general we have had an earthquake ourselves and our self-responsibility has slipped through the cracks. We are so eager to help and police other countries in need but we take so long to help ourselves. Why can't we raise money and a helping hand to those families that have lost everything they own? The time for self-responsibility has come and just as we have come together to help Haiti we should come together, take responsibility for us and leave the politics behind.

    Austin, Tx.

    January 27, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  285. Danny Collins

    Typical of the vain, selfish, and greedy mindset of Republicans. Republicans only support the rich and powerful. They have no concern for the majority. The Republican party is doing to Obama, what they did to Jimmy Carter in an effort to regain power in Washington.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  286. A South Carolina Voter

    I think Mr. Bauer is indicating that he would like a career change along with Mr. Sanford. Happy to help out.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  287. Chris

    I think if you can move past the statement this guy made by thinking he did it maliciously and see the facts you will see things differently. I do not think he was trying to be hurtful he simply stated a fact. We can all ignore the fact that these people in the name of religion shove out kids repeatedly. I mean I heard one report that there was over 300K orphans before this. HELLO stop having them! I have no other opionion of these folks I havent been there but do agree that someone needed to stop just saying what people want to here and have the guts to state the obvious here. My mother told me to always help someone that helps themselves so I would be glad to feed what exists but it does not matter if I am keeping 2 fed and they have 4 more. Hope this sheds some light on the need for health education and birth control.

    January 28, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  288. Max

    It seems like the comments here are across the board. I'm inclined to think he is just ignorant. The military had to desegregate the south in the 50's and 60's. Not the 1850's or 1860's the 1950's and 1960'S. Blacks were not cosidered as whole humans by the founding "slave owners" . I mean "Fathers". We have perpetrated the black experience as a country(all of us), just as we did to the "American" Indians. We solved their lack of assimilation by killing 90% of them through disease and genicide and relocating them to reservations. According to about 50% of "Americans" , we should do the same for blacks. You know "just get em out of our way so we can go on to find more slave labor." When are Americans going to wake up to the fact that it's about wealth accumulation. Poor Chinese work for wealthy Chinese who work for Wealthy Americans who want to make us poor Americans.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  289. Michael C(NY)

    To Arine Ward,
    Just a few comments. First, no one said this was a Black/White/Hispanic/Oriental/Native American issue. This is an issue of people that are 3rd,4th,5th, generation welfare that have made a conscious decision to DO NOTHING. Please remove your head from that hole in the sand. There ARE "folk", as you call them, that do play the system. There ARE women that decide to have more children soley for the fact that they will get more money. There should be limits! And I say again, I am all for a hand up, NOT a hand out. I am sure you can see the common sense in the statement, "If you cannot afford to have another child and take care of him or her, then you should not have another child." Everyone is saying what their Grandmothers said, mine always told me to work hard, tell the truth, and warsh( yes warsh, she was from West Virginia) behind your ears. My Dad always said, "No we cant get another dog because we don't have the room and we can't afford to feed it. Is that fair to the dog?" Are they callous human beings for teaching me common sense?
    Now before you say I am some rich elitist......I am a proud father... I work 2 I can be with my 2 children as they grow up. I eat "store-brands" so i can save here and there, so yes it burns my hide when i see someone buying the best of the best and paying with food stamps. Please do not misunderstand, I am NOT against helping...........I am against no limits.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  290. Max

    Michael, you seem like a hard working guy without some of the racial tone and preachiness as some of the other commenters. I am also not indicting white people with what I say. My point is that we have built this country on imported slave labor; Chinese, Irish, Italian, ect. My other point was we expatriated the rightful habitants of this continent(American Indians). Now that we are "done" with imported Mexican slave labor we want to ship them back to Mexico as they are illegal and with 10% unemployment their $7.00 an hour job may start look good to American workers. What made this country great, for a short span of time, was a middle class that didn't have to work two jobs as you do. The outsourcing of most of our manufacturing to cheap labor was the start of the decline. As far as I know, if we don't make something and export it to someone, we are going broke as a country. How does a dry cleaner create a job, a teacher, a city worker a waiter ect. You get my point. Wealthy people like things the way they are.



    January 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  291. Steve Mays

    Wow, there are a lot of ill advised and prejudice people commenting here. What is racist about his comment? You have to be rooted in racism to see his comment as racist. As has already been stated there are more white people on welfare than any other group. Hello!!!

    He nailed this on the head, particularly what he said about the kind of people that don't think much farther beyond, I'll paraphrase, "Well dang, if they are going to give me money to have babies, I'm going to have more babies." He is plainly stating these kinds of people are drawn to welfare.

    This in no way is racism or Naziism, and has nothing to do with killing people off through starvation or whatever you might imagine he is saying. He is saying, as he plainly said himself, if people are rewarded for behavior, they are going to do more of it. Many of those screaming racism here know full well it is common practice to have just enough children to max out benefits.

    We need to wake up America. Get off your tails, quit complaining and go to work. There are a billion people in China working their little hands off, and I doubt very many of them are complaining. American exceptionalism and production is declining rapidly and people at all levels of society are become quite fat, dumb, and happy, well mabey not happy. We can't sustain our level of consuption without equally sustaining our level of production. It is just a physical impossibility.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm |