Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina, the U.S. House Majority Whip, is responding to a comment made by Lt. Governor Andre Bauer on Friday concerning government handouts.
At a forum, Bauer, a Republican, said the government has gotten out-of-control, and he compared the government assistance program that gives less fortunate children free or reduced meals in school cafeterias to feeding stray animals. He said that giving an animal or a person ample food supply facilitates a problem.
Clyburn, a Democrat, says it’s embarrassing.
(Clyburn on Bauer MP3 :24)
Bauer said later that he didn’t mean to compare people to animals, but he was making the point that government dependency needs to be broken. Bauer says people should no longer be allowed to ride the system without consequence.