People on Welfare are Like Stray Animals

That’s what South Carolina’s Lt. Governor said on Friday and he’s been trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube ever since.  To no avail.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said Saturday he could have chosen his words more carefully when he compared people who take public assistance to stray animals Friday. But Bauer, in an interview with The State Saturday, said a furor over his comments doesn’t change this fact: South Carolina needs to have an honest conversation about the cycle of government dependency among its poorest residents.

Every State needs to have an honest conversation about the cycle of poverty- but it’s hard to get people to listen when you’ve managed to offend loads of them. And it’s even more difficult to do it when the government has recently poured billions of taxpayer dollars into banks and financial institutions which then passed on millions in bonuses (for what, exactly?) to the very bankers who nearly destroyed the economy while simultaneously complaining about the $300 in food stamps some elderly woman is getting.

People on welfare aren’t like stray animals. Overindulged bankers, on the other hand, are pampered by taxpayers through equally pampered elected officials. Pampered pets the lot of them, living off the sweat of others.

3 thoughts on “People on Welfare are Like Stray Animals

  1. Mitchell Powell 24 Jan 2010 at 10:41 pm

    And pampered pets are way more of a drain on the economy than stray animals, which is an offensive term to use for real human beings with real problems anyhow, even for those who might be using the system a little bit. I’ve lived in poor neighborhoods, and even the most dishonest poor people I’ve ever met suck less resources out of the system than do the rich who run the bailed-out businesses.


  2. Robert 25 Jan 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Weird. I agree with you. 🙂


    • Jim 26 Jan 2010 at 7:57 am

      scary isn’t it… 😉


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