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Why SC’s (Gay?) Lt. Gov Andre Bauer Won’t Apologize for Comparing People on Welfare to Animals

Andre Bauer is South Carolina’s lieutenant governor. He’s the guy who called for the ouster of its sitting governor, Mark Sanford, the anti-gay Republican who cheated on his wife and then refused to leave office amidst allegations he used taxpayer dollars to fund his affair. Bauer is the guy who wants to be his replacement. Bauer is also the guy who’s rumored to be gay himself, despite his anti-gay positions. And if that CV wasn’t long enough, Bauer is now also the guy who referred to poor people who rely on public assistance as “animal[s] … [that] 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.” He’s also the guy who won’t apologize.

Clearly in need of a more apropos analogy than “animals” to refer to his state’s most needy, Bauer also doesn’t need to be hampered down by a scandal that he felt the need to apologize for, which might explain his reluctance to apologize (though he did acknowledge he could’ve used more sensitive language).

Bauer, a proud Christian, just wants everyone to know, his comments weren’t about people, but the system. Also, he just returned from a trip to Haiti, which sooo wasn’t a publicity stunt.

By:           editor editor
On:           Jan 25, 2010
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  • 15 Comments
    • Jon from Maine
      Jon from Maine

      He’s right on……

      Jan 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dirty Ole Man
      Dirty Ole Man

      @Jon from Maine:

      Your sad and pathetic response to this story is probably
      indicative of how many in the “Gay Community” feel about
      poor people. Further proof that most white gays are secretly racist and conservative. This thread would’ve had 100 comments if this clown of a Lt Governor had said something derogatory about Gay people.

      If you want people of color and other segments of society to give a damn about your issues, then maybe you should start showing some outrage towards the issues that affect them!

      Jan 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark
      Mark

      What’s up with these SC politician’s? Sick.

      Jan 25, 2010 at 7:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in Asheville, nee "in Brooklyn"
      Mike in Asheville, nee "in Brooklyn"

      Please Queerty, and all others, please cease and desist any and all rumors that this jackass is a closet case fag. WE DON’T WANT HIM!

      Let him rot with all of his so-called Christian brothers/sisters who completely ignore Christ’s lessons of loving, caring and supporting the poor and aiding them with one’s own wealth of stores.

      With the way Bauer misreads his Bible, lets hope he never reads Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” because he’d be then starting up the old BBQ ready to roast the poor kids for real.

      Jan 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • anonymous
      anonymous

      @Dirty Ole Man: AMEN! When Obama took office last January white gays and the lower slave-wage earning whites (factory and maintenance workers, security guards, cooks and such)became the new n-words and they all know it and don’t like it.

      I will never understand how anyone who is doubled over in pain with kidney stones and no insurance would prefer to die or writhe in pain instead of simply telling the TRUTH, that being they do not make enough to support themselves and need help in the form of a national health care plan. When the might General Motors crashed no major news network mentioned the fact that Germany, France, Great Britain, South Korea, Japan, Sweden All have a national health care system in their host country which eliminates this expense to the company.

      Taxes are higher in those countries but you have to have a trade off somewhere and only an idiot would not see that the price of medications alone will make it worth it.

      The U.S. is so brain washed in “subtle” racism the first thing that comes to their minds when they hear the word welfare or public assistance is some drug addicted black woman with 4 kids and no husband. The majority of welfare recipients are white and are all throughout the Appalachian mountains and the rest of the country.

      If you need help ask for it. Notice how he did not mention employment figures and where the new jobs are going to come from, when they will arrive and what will they consist of? Obama can’t either because NO ONE knows. But to start picking on those who are down on their luck but still have enough COMMON SENSE to admit they need help and are receiving it is hitting below the belt.

      What else but a priviledged white queen would go this route knowing full well he has no solution to the plight of the very people who will no doubt vote him into office?

      Jan 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brown Gay Al
      Brown Gay Al

      I am an ethnic minority and he is pretty much right in context if not in tone. It is not as if people were less horny in the 18th or 19th century but there were not so many single moms around then because they knew a single mom would face a lot of trouble living on her own without the help of welfare.
      Welfare gives a perverse incentive for women to become pregnant again and again whereas they would stop with just 1 or zero if they had to keep care of the children themselves. Far more unloved children come into the world like this.
      And anyway studies in Britain have shown that the only way the middle classes grow is if the rich have more kids than the poor not the other way around.

      Jan 26, 2010 at 12:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lukas P.
      Lukas P.

      The number of first-time applicants for “food stamps” has shot up around the country. People I know here in Cook County, Illinois [Chicago and surrounding burbs] who used to make $75K a year are relying on $200 per month [single, no children] to put food on their table, and resorting to a public healthcare system that was already overstretched.

      This isn’t a matter of people who prefer to live on welfare rather than work; it’s about people who can’t find jobs. The guy/gal who makes your morning Latte at Starbucks may have an MBA from the same school you attended, the person who stocks the shelves at your grocery store may also be moonlighting as a a home health aide just to keep the electricity bill paid. Don’t believe me? Ask around.

      Jan 26, 2010 at 1:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DragonScorpion
      DragonScorpion

      Unbelievable. I’m all for implementing some needed welfare reform, but this comparison of his… It doesn’t get a whole lot more insulting than this garbage. And even after being given a chance to clarify himself, he reiterated this analogy.

      Also, suggesting the government should just start cutting people off if they don’t jump through the right hoops. Maybe the adults deserve it, but the kids don’t have a whole lot to say about the choices of their parents. This issue isn’t as black and white as he depicts it.

      And he’s supposedly homosexual? Seriously?

      Well, I suppose that’s what the cognitive dissonance of being homosexual AND ashamed of it can do to a person over time. Especially when you add the political element. There would definitely be some deep conflicts there…

      I truly hope he’s not one of us. I wouldn’t claim him.

      Jan 26, 2010 at 5:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike K
      Mike K

      Dirty,

      Don’t assume that people who don’t like you are racist. Your probably just an asshole. You know sometimes your shitty life is your own damned fault and has nothing to do with racism.

      Jan 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jack
      jack

      let me say this “BEING POOR DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO ‘RUIN’ SOMEBODY ELSE’S LIFE, AND THE FACT THAT THE PERSON; WHOSE LIFE YOU HAVE RUINED BY CONDEMNING IT TO POVERTY, IS YOUR OWN CHILD: YOUR OWN FLESH AND BLOOD, ALSO DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO DUMP THE PROBLEMS and EXPENSES ON OTHER PEOPLES’ BACKS. Of course nothing happens inside a vacuum. To be conceived, born, raised and spend your entire life ADDICTED TO (DEPENDANT UPON) public assistance and of course a DEMOCRAT IS >>>”SLAVERY”<<< STRAIGHT UP. MORE OVER, To love thy neighbor as thy self, you would want your neighbor to be the best that he or she could be, ADDICTED TO WELFARE/ DEPENDENT UPON OTHERS WHO ONLY WANT TO KEEP YOU THAT WAY; IS ANYTHING BUT.
      I'll put things into this context, you go to the circus and during the show you have the acrobats or tight rope walkers; even the VERY BEST slip and fall every now and then, where do they land? 'on the SAFETY NET' they bounce a few times then GET OFF the safety net BACK ON THEIR FEET, but if there are people living on the safety net not only would people be hurt, possibly killed BUT the safety net might break.

      ALSO BEING POOR DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO INTENTIONALLY GET YOURSELF PREGNANT TO THEN GOT TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO DUMP YOUR PROBLEMS ON SOMEBODY ELSE'S SAFETY NET.
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

      Jan 31, 2010 at 10:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jack
      jack

      race in 900 ad the mayan civilization was by every measure one of the most advanced civilizations, 600 years later the spaniards (european/white) showed up did what they did and then eventually intermarried with them since that time they have never been WHITER.

      Jan 31, 2010 at 10:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jack
      jack

      the japanese. the japanese arent on the welfare-medicaid-foodstamp WHY because the japanese “AS A PEOPLE” (PRIDE-INTEGRITY-SELF RESPECT-AWARE OF THE KNOWLEDGE THAT U ARE NOT JUST AN INDIVIDUAL BUT ALSO AN EXAMPLE/REPRESENTATION OF YOUR PEOPLE AND THAT WHEN YOU LIVE LIKE GARBAGE YOU MAKE “YOUR PEOPLE” LOOK LIKE GARBAGE) MADE A DECISION THAT “AS A PEOPLE” THAY WOULD GET TO THE PROMISED LAND(A DEVELOPED CIVILIZATION WITH A MIDDLE CLASS). JUST 1 CHARACTERistic CONTAINED WITHIN THE THE “CHARACTER CONTENT” OF A FIRST WORLD CIVILIZATION THEY MAKE THINGS THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY WANT TO BUY. japanese rnot on welfaremedicaidfoodstamp japanese make toyota.

      NAFTA, NAFTA THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO “ANSWER” A QUESTION “WHAT IS IT” THAT IS MADE IN CHINA OR ELSEWHERE IN ASIA TRANSPORTED TO A PORT THEN SHIPPED ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE PACIFC TO ANOTHER PORT ON THE WEST COAST OF THE U.S. THEN TRUCKED TO THE STORE?. BECAUSE ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS MAKE THE SAME THINGS AND THEN JUST TRUCK IT TO THE STORE. DID MEXICO “ANSWER” THIS QUESTION? NO THEY DIDNT EVEN “ASK” THE QUESTION

      Jan 31, 2010 at 11:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Angry Black Lesbian
      Angry Black Lesbian

      @Brown Gay Al: well you are brown not black so probably Hispanic shut the fuck up! You are illegal or fresh off the boat and can’t get benefits anyway!!

      Feb 21, 2010 at 10:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • A now confused John from England (used to be just John but there are other John's)
      A now confused John from England (used to be just John but there are other John's)

      @Dirty Ole Man:

      “Further proof that most white gays are secretly racist and conservative. This thread would’ve had 100 comments if this clown of a Lt Governor had said something derogatory about Gay people.”

      Did he mention blacks? Your the racist one for saying that only ethnic minorities are on welfare. You just presumed immediately that it was only ethnic minoriries!? WTF?

      @Lukas P.:

      Of course it’s the same in the UK and I live in a really wealthy area. A friend of mine went to do training for people on job seekers benefits in Oxford and was like ‘50% of them were Oxford grads who are just so socially inept but bright that they can’t get a job’.

      @Angry Black Lesbian:

      Thanks for reducing this threas with your weird buddy Jack to something stupid, irrational and immature. And way to go racist. You can get black Hispanics you know or are you too damn to figure that out?

      @Brown Gay Al:

      This is cognitive behavioural stuff and behavioural economics. It’s true but men are to blame as well. Why can’t they wear condoms? Why are they sooo obsessed with impregnating people hen they can’t even afford to look after themsleves?

      Bottom line it’s cruel, narcissistic and deeply selfish to have kids when you can afford to bring them up but hey that’s human beings for you!

      And with Giv A Bauer, what’s his background? He is as much a pathetic cliche as the people he slams down. I pray to one day meet a conservative who spouses those opinions and actually came from a deprived background.

      Life isn’t black and white. It’s all sorts of greys. I just wished people who should know better-the educated right and left politicians-would stop making it so damn simplistic that it is idiotic but to be fair, when people believe in religion, it fuels that black/white/right/wrong dogmatic system to make sense of matters of a complex nature.

      Feb 21, 2010 at 11:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Angry Black Lesbian
      Angry Black Lesbian

      @confused John from england…

      Well, I am not too “damn” to figure anything out (maybe you are so dumb that you cannot spell)…there is a vast difference between being Hispanic and being Black in America but you would not understand American racial dynamics because you are a fucking Brit!!! I am “angry” so I feel like cursing, not that I am unable to communicate otherwise. A better translation of my “shut the fuck up” from earlier is that the concerns of the Black and Hispanic communities are similar but NOT the same. Our cultures and language are very different. They only team up with Black people if it is to their advantage. There are many Hispanic people that even phenotypically appear to be African-American (quite dark-skinned, darker than me), but have cursed me out for even considering “us” to be the same. Don’t pretend to relate to the Black American struggle, when are struggles are not even aligned! It makes perfect sense the “Brown Gay Al” would hold such outsider, closed-minded views of the single parent household…Good night muthafuckaz!! [P.S. I went to Princeton University and the Ivy League has created this monster...I hate injustice and I am ANGRY at a lot of people.]

      Feb 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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