Lt. Governor Andre Bauer recently received a lot of national media attention, for the second time in recent months, when he said during a gubernatorial debate that lazy people are allowing illegal immigrants to thrive. He said, “There are a lot of people that are flat-out lazy, using up the goods and services we have in this state.” The Republican is speaking out about his comments, defending his position.
Bauer says people would rather sit home and do nothing and enjoy a give-away system.
I can ride you through neighborhood after neighborhood where people are enjoying themselves, sitting around drinking beer. Young people who have found that they can live off the government and not do anything. But I mean, who is the bad person, really, for not bringing that up? Who is irresponsible as a leader when it’s not said that this is an issue we have to address? I think it’s deplorable that we don’t have that conservation.
Bauer says one out of three children born in South Carolina now receives some sort of government assistance from the Department of Social Services. He says two out of three children born are eligible for Medicaid assistance. Bauer asserts that welfare has gone up 38 percent over the last two years; food stamps distribution has increased 50 percent over the same period.