Lt. Governor Andre Bauer continues to defend his stance on breaking the cycle of government dependency. He has received quite a bit of criticism for his comments made at a forum last week. Bauer spoke on the free and reduced school lunch system and said: “You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially the ones that don’t think much further than that.” He says he wasn’t calling people animals, but he wanted to make a point that people are “riding the system.”
“That’s typical politics. The reason we don’t get real reform in this state, the reason why we don’t have systemic change we need is that everyone is scared to be politically incorrect, which I find myself in now. They’re scared to talk about real problems,” says Bauer.
Bauer says there is a big difference between him and other politicians who are criticizing him for his comments.
“If that means getting beat up, then I’ll take it because we’ve got to engage. You’re doing a disservice to the people on welfare if you don’t show them a vehicle to get off of it. Everybody believes in a hand-up, it allows empowerment, but a handout is just relief without demand for the team. It deters improvement. It’s continued dependency, you rely on others,” says Bauer.
Bauer explains his “stray animal” comment: “If you can’t take care of them, take them to the animal shelter. But what happens when you feed them all the time and they become dependent of the food and you go on vacation? They’ve learned how to not take care of themselves. They’ve become dependent on you, so what happens to them? I should have never used that metaphor. I never dreamed people in the media would try to turn this thing around instead of saying ‘hey let’s have an honest discussion,'” says Bauer.
(Bauer MP3 1:31)