Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Yet Another Winner in the Politics of Selfishness Sweepstakes

South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, on why, among other things, we shouldn't offer free or reduced-price meals to children:

“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.”

Because, as Jon Stewart so aptly pointed out, not feeding people always gets them to stop having sex.

More disturbing still:

Similarly, Winthrop University political scientist Scott Huffmon said Bauer's words "came out as condescending and insulting," but his overall message about government dependency and personal responsibility will appeal to his evangelical Republican base.

Please tell me that he's using the word "evangelical" in a non-religious sense, perhaps as a way to describe the devotion of his followers. Please tell me Christians -- people who have read the Bible, including that pesky Matthew 25 thingy about "for I was hungry and you fed me -- don't actually believe that we shouldn't feed poor, hungry children.

Wait. You can't tell me that. Can you?


1 comment:

Diana said...

Remarks like Bauer's fill me with despair for this country.