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Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (R-S.C.) breeds contempt

Of late, my affection for South Carolina has grown, but I just don't get the Palmetto State's politicians. We tittered at Gov. Mark "Gone Hiking" Sanford (R). We gasped at Rep. Joe "You Lie!" Wilson (R). And now we have say-what whiplash thanks to Lt. Gov. Andre "Starve the Poor" Bauer (R).

The Greenville News reports that at a town hall meeting over the weekend, Bauer argued that the government end assistance to those who fail drug tests. “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,” he said. “They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.”

Wow.

This incident is but one of many that explain why there was no way Sanford would be impeached over his affair with an Argentinian woman who was not his wife. Check out NPR's Ken Rudin to find out more about Bauer's tense relationship with South Carolina Republicans.

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 26, 2010; 5:39 PM ET
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This attitude is a little known secret of true conservatives of whom I know many. This mean approach is a key conservative philosophy. If people do not have the money for food, housing, or health care they do not deserve it. They are just lazy. I have heard this type of comment from conservatives from coast to coast. The fact that conservative politicans don't express it very often does not mean they do not hold this attitude.
Just how else can you explain how the middle class is to pay out of pocket for medical care, educaiton on lower and lower wages as has wittness for the last 30 years. It cannot be explained and they just don't care. This is the YOYO conservative philosoply: you're on your own.

Posted by: cjculver2003 | January 26, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

As Ebenezer Scrooge put it, "Are there no poorhouses?"

Posted by: thrh | January 26, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina Republican politicians appear to have an unusual relationship with its populace. Or at least the 30% which is black. Mr. Bauer isn't the first S.C. pol in the past year to voice his opposition to government subsidies to the "poor" which I am assuming he is using as a euphemism for black. Just this past fall, Sen. Lindsey Graham objected to health care reform because his state was 30% black. So I guess S.C. GOP not only want its black citizens to starve, they want them to die too. It is not as if S.C. spends any substantial money to improve its human resources: they are at the bottom for education spending too. So who knows, maybe left to their own devices, S.C. would become some libertarian enclave. Just travel I-95 in S.C. It tells the whole story.

Posted by: ddzeke | January 26, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, are you profiling South Carolinians?

Posted by: allamer1 | January 26, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this an unusual comment for a gay man, or, are all Log Cabin Republicans cut from this same cloth?

Posted by: WiltonDiary | January 26, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse


Another arrogant jerk.

Posted by: hermania | January 27, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

cjculver wrote: "This attitude is a little known secret of true conservatives of whom I know many. This mean approach is a key conservative philosophy. If people do not have the money for food, housing, or health care they do not deserve it."

And the corollary to that is that true conservatives do deserve what they have!
As if being born with a silver spoon in your mouth or cutting someone else's throat and taking what little they have to increase your own pile is any kind of a recommendation. It is what they call "prudence" but is the height of meanness and in living that way they renounce their own humanity and forfeit their souls. I don't envy them.

Posted by: martymar123 | January 27, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

What is wrong with SC? Is there something in the water down there?

Posted by: Gatsby10 | January 27, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

You could almost feel sorry for South Carolina if it were not for the fact that the voters wanted these people in office.

Guess that says a lot about the voters.

Posted by: Utahreb | January 27, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

After hearing the remarks online and the tone he used, Sanford is a saint in comparison. What is it that SC cannot elect a decent politician? For me the "breeding" statement made me think that we had gone back to the 1950s and made me sick to my stomach. Can the people of SC please look for a reasonable, decent human as candidate for governor? One that does not demean people or salute the Confederate flag?

Posted by: Thinking4 | January 27, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Bauer is a RINO flake not a conservative.

He is indeed the reason why the democrats and RINOs in the legislature didn't even try to impeach Sanford (whom they hate cause he vetoes their pork) now that have an excuse. They know Bauer would be a disaster. Hopefully he will crash and burn in the GOP primary. If not then a democrat will probably be elected Governor.

Posted by: Hembo | January 27, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

It only LOOKs like Water, though clear and similar density, it's a WHOLE Lot Stronger.

>What is wrong with SC? Is there something in the water down there?
Posted by: Gatsby10<

Posted by: MarkAntney | January 27, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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