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And this is why I am not a Republican

Another Republican caught showing his true colors:

"South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, under fire for drawing a comparison between needy people and 'stray animals,' said Monday that he regrets his choice of words...

Bauer told an audience Friday that people receiving government assistance are like 'stray animals' because 'they breed' and 'don't know any better...'

Noting that he has raised money for a group that protects animals, Bauer also said he is 'not against animals.'"

Way to miss the point, dimbulb. Who the fuck are they to use scare tactics like "death panels" when we all know what we do to "stray animals?" To the party of "no" I say you'd better keep praying for your job, because when you're out of work, run out of COBRA benefits and have a catastrophic illness, you'd better hope someone's there to bail *you* out.


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Jan. 26th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Oh, I know there are a lot of them. I know there are even more who *think* it but wouldn't say it out loud (or even just think it subconsciously), and that's what scares me. As I just said to a friend of mine, between the choice of doing away with social services and helping people beyond what they actually need, I'd rather over-help. Call me a bleeding heart, I don't care.
Jan. 25th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Well I do not approve of the metaphor but I do agree with the later part of the article that we want to avoid a culture of dependency. I was very glad I had Unemployment when I was laid off. I was also glad to have programs that helped me find work.

Time and again the best way to avoid a culture of dependency is to educate and train people. So spend more money on schools and bolster their 'can do' not their entitlement.
Jan. 26th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
Bingo. So where's all the money the Republicans are pushing into such programs? Oh, wait, they're not - because they think of these people as animals. OI! (I know, I'm generalizing, but there really are a lot of people on the radical right who think this way, and it disgusts me.)
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Definitely a wrong use of words, buddy. And it's hard for Obama to get much done with your party petulantly dragging their heels in the dirt on any and every decision he proposes on an issue.

...But I agree on the whole kicking off anti-government-dependence thing. Powah, yo.
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
I don't think anyone disagrees that abuse is wrong, breaking the law is wrong, and getting *off* of these programs is the ultimate goal. But instead of railing against the program as a whole, let's fix the damned problems - first, the programs themselves are flawed, so let's overhaul them a bit, and second, let's, oh, I don't know, TRY AND WORK ON SOLVING POVERTY, for a thought. :)
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Jan. 26th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
I know. Kyan's gotten a LOT jaded since he moved into downtown DC, which I suppose is to be expected. He's also not expressing himself well. Ah, well. :)
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Jan. 26th, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
He and I have gone back and forth about his attitude towards the homeless (and yes, he used the phrase "round them up"). I don't make excuses for him, but I do know where he came from, where he is now, and I also believe he'll grow out of it eventually (although I don't think he'll ever be as liberal as I am, but that's ok).
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
Oh, and I do agree that you'd figure as a queer he'd be a little more liberal, but he's fallen into that trap a lot of young gay guys fall into when they move into the big city - he goes to gay clubs and hangs out with his gay friends in the gay neighborhood and gay gay gay. It's a little insular, and hang around enough "A-list" gays and the snobbery is sickening. But, like I said, he'll grow out of it. He's a good guy. :)
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Jan. 26th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
Oh good. For a moment, I thought I was taking crazy pills since noone came in to objectively judge against Kyan and make me look golden. ;)
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
I have my issues with Kyan, and accept we won't agree on everything, but he's not expressing himself well at all. He's actually a very cool guy (who has a lot more of life to experience).
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
I looked up the actual video of his talk and realized that this blogger's article was extremely biased and misrepresentative of what Bauer said.

He was making a metaphor, not an analogy. The few words that were quoted in the article were taken out of context and mixed up to make it sound worse than it was.

But you know what? Lt. Governor Bauer's constituents understood what he was saying, and that's who he was talking to... and as long as he doesn't take any trips to argentina to visit his lover, he's still doing a log better than Gov. Sanford is.

The fact is that welfare systems are generational because they are enabling. That's the analogy he was trying to project. Stop enabling laziness and poor life choices by increasing welfare programs without restrictions, thus removing the incentive to work.

Welfare programs that require actions to sustain them are far more beneficial in the long run, than just "giving a man a fish." Teach him to fish, instead, and everyone gains.
Jan. 27th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
I heard the speech, too, and I don't think things were taken out of context at all. Yes, I understand what he was going for, but WOW did he garble that message. (Hey, if we can say Biden and Reid fucked up, I think we can say this douchebag did, too.) There's no doubt there are a lot of public services that need fixing, but looking at the poor as ANYTHING other than human beings (and, as I said above, I think there are too many on the radical right who really believe the poor are lesser humans, subconsciously or otherwise) is abhorrent. And they say Obama's the next Hitler?

So let's stop cutting education, reform social services, and pass universal healthcare! :)
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