Forget about Scott Brown. I see a new rising star in the Republican party:
GREENVILLE - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has compared giving people government assistance to “feeding stray animals.”Show me a correlation, and I’ll fallaciously argue causation, but cut me some slack, they had free lunches at my school.
Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, made his remarks during a town hall meeting in Fountain Inn that included state lawmakers and about 115 residents.
“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don't know any better,” Bauer said.
In South Carolina, 58 percent of students participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program.
Bauer’s remarks came during a speech in which he said government should take away assistance if those receiving help didn't pass drug tests or attend parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings if their children were receiving free and reduced-price lunches.
In his speech, Bauer said people have to become more engaged with government.
“You see, for the first time in the history of this country, we’ve got more people voting for a living than we do working for a living.”
Later in his speech, Bauer said, “I can show you a bar graph where free and reduced lunch has the worst test scores in the state of South Carolina,” adding, “You show me the school that has the highest free and reduced lunch, and I’ll show you the worst test scores, folks. It’s there, period.”
I think he should have a place on Sarah Palin’s 2012 presidential ticket. When you combine her foreign policy knowledge with his acute take on domestic spending programs, the effect is almost irresistible. He could be the yin to her yang, or vice-versa.