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A Small Example Of Kosmic Proportions

What the hell is in the water at the South Carolina State House?

South Carolina Lt. Governor Andrew Bauer, a Republican contender hoping to replace current Goofenor Mark Sanford, is being taken to task for remarks he made regarding those who receive long-term government assistance.

From Greenvilleonline.com:

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer drew a comparison to "feeding stray animals" during a speech about people on government assistance, "babies having babies," and parents whose children are on free and reduced-price lunch.

"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. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. 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," Bauer said.

Bauer's remarks came during a speech in which he said government should take away assistance if those receiving help didn't pass drug tests or attend parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings if their children were receiving free and reduced-price lunches.

Bauer later told The Greenville News on Friday that he wasn't saying people on government assistance "were animals or anything else."

In his speech to the group, Bauer said people have to become more engaged with government.

"You see, for the first time in the history of this country, we've got more people voting for a living than we do working for a living," he said.

Not a very tactful way to make his point. (Though that last quote is pretty clever.)

While his intention was to emphasize the importance of breaking the "cycle of dependency" on long-term governmental assistance, he is being hammered by both Republicans and Democrats within the political circle of South Carolina.

That said, it provides us with a glittering opportunity to witness the trademark manufactured outrage which permeates that bastion of intellectual integrity, "The Daily Kos."

While the purveyors of the cult-like pap which passes for opinion would provide enough psychological study to baffle the likes of Freud for a life time, the delusional genius of Kos resides with the loyal kooks in the komment sections, better known as Kosmonuts.

This situation provides a shining example of what constitutes the group mentality of the zoo that makes up Kos.

As is their wont on many an occasion, they have managed to boil this issue down to one over-riding motive: RACISM.

At the time of this posting, there were 249 komments regarding Mr. Bauer's remarks, the first of which comes from a being named "BlutoDog":

"Poor" = code for Black kids

That's it. That collectively sums up the basis of all 249 komments.

Mr. Bauer is now considered a racist for clumsily saying people can do better.

Had Obama been the one to have stated the same idea in a more eloquent manner, it would be regarded as insightfully compassionate.

(Of course, authors like "Pollitikat" and their Kosmonuts justified Harry Reid's "light-skinned African-American-with no Negro dialect-unless he wanted to have one" remark. I mean, who needs to parse words?)

Just out of curiosity, I searched Kos for Obama's "they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion" quote, describing all those white, redneck Pennsylvanian hicks during the Presidential campaign.

Surely, this too, must be regarded as a racist statement in the keen eyes of the kommenters of Kos. No?

Well, to my dismay, most all of the 999 komments regarding Obama's sincere observation were comprised of gleeful agreement, summed up succinctly by kommenter "Heart of the Rockies":

He brings up issues everyone else avoids or lies about. Utterly amazing. What a chance we have here for real change, profound change.

Just another undigested verbal corn nibblet in the bowel movements of Kos.

Krazy kids.


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Comments (16)

We're talking about South C... (Below threshold)

We're talking about South Carolina State career politicians here, I think. I really don't think it matters whether they have a D or an R after their names.

"Not a very tactful way to ... (Below threshold)

"Not a very tactful way to make his point."

You mean like Bill Cosby getting told off by Black folks for "airing their dirty laundry in public"? As Cosby notes: YOUR DIRTY LAUNDRY IS OUT THERE AFTER 3PM EVERY WEEKDAY, FOR EVERYONE TO SEE.

When are we going to knock off THE BULLSHIT and start talking about the problems, instead of pushing them off 'for later'?

As I noted in an earlier thread, we've got people on the public teat since LBJ's "Great Society". If we'd GIVEN all those people (no matter what their fucking color) the money (TRILLIONS) that we've poured into 'social progams' - Obama would be taxing their asses into next Tuesday because of all the money they'd have. The government should provide EQUALITY of treatment. Screw that EQUALITY OF OUTCOME. That's Barry's socialist shtick. Some always strive to do better, others are happy to just get by. When the 'intellectual elites' finally realize that, we can get off the pity trip for "the poor people".

"KOS" = code for racists... (Below threshold)

"KOS" = code for racists

"You see, for the first tim... (Below threshold)

"You see, for the first time in the history of this country, we've got more people voting for a living than we do working for a living," he said."

Is He talking about the House or Senate?

Ok, I haven't read the arti... (Below threshold)

Ok, I haven't read the article yet but I would like to say that the water is fine here in Charleston, the problem is in Columbia. I don't know about the rest of the state, but us Charlestonians are doing our best to 'clean' up the mess in the midlands!

Clumsily put? Yes. True? ... (Below threshold)

Clumsily put? Yes. True? Another yes.

I overheard a discussion a few days ago at work. A young man was talking about a single female friend of his who has been on state assistance for years. She hasn't worked a day in those years. She is also pregnant with her third child. She is angry that the sate assistance worker told her that this is the last child the state will pay for.

I don't care if she's angry. She's an idiot. I AM happily surprised that our state has decided to draw a line. Enough is enough. They should have told her this after the first child.

You get more of behavior yo... (Below threshold)

You get more of behavior you subsidize.


There's coming a time, and it's not long off, when it won't be possible to pay people to not work.

"Bauer's remarks came during a speech in which he said government should take away assistance if those receiving help didn't pass drug tests or attend parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings if their children were receiving free and reduced-price lunches."

I actually see no problems with this. If you're on government assistance and doing drugs, you're not holding up your end of the bargain. You're supposed to be trying to BETTER yourself so you can get OFF the assistance, not get yourself hooked on something that'll ensure you're a friggin' wreck.

And if you're not concerned with your kid's education, why should the government be concerned with keeping you at the low level you're stuck at? You think the welfare offices WANT a continual supply of ignorant people with their hands out? If your kids get an education, they can get off the dole. If they don't, they won't - it's as simple as that.

We haven't done several generations of kids any favors by just giving social promotions to get them out of school, and by dumbing down both the curriculm and the expectations to a point where it's assumed that a public high school diploma's about as valuable as toilet paper.

But they graduate feeling good about themselves - guess that counts for something, doesn't it? Maybe it'll cushion their feelings a bit when they realize they didn't learn eough in high school to find a job that'll pay them enough to live on...

There's things to do to get out of poverty. Unfortunately, government doesn't subsidize those things - and does subsidize bad behavior. It's not surprising, then, that it continues...

Truth is no defense for Rep... (Below threshold)
Victory is Mao's:

Truth is no defense for Republicans. We can reinterpret your words faster than you can say them and our new meaning will always prove you filthy neocons are RACIST.

Here's a big wet kiss as a thank you to all those RINOs and "conservatives not Republicans" who are so ready to believe us and not you.


Personally, I think he corr... (Below threshold)

Personally, I think he correct. Yeah, I know you have to be very, very selective of the words you use. Maybe that's why this country is in a mess that it is, we are too busy trying not to "hurt" anyone's feelings or be called names ourselves.

It's also worth noting that... (Below threshold)

It's also worth noting that Bauer's "racist" observation is one of the main reasons Margaret Sanger (one of the Left's most venerated patron saints) promoted abortion among the poor. Being an avowed proponent of eugenics, Sanger believed that the global stock of the human race could be improved if we prevented the lower classes from breeding.

Sanger is worshiped as a pioneer of reproductive rights, feminism, etc. But any conservative who points out the relationship between government welfare and out-of-wedlock child births is a racist? (Bill Bennett's controversial remarks a few years ago also come to mind.)

A whopping double standard indeed. Or more likely, incontrovertible evidence that the Kos Kiddies are both ignorant of, and incapable of defending, their own history. Instead, they just call people names.

Michael,I agree wi... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:


I agree with you. I also thought the comments smacked of eugenics. Yes, we need to get people off government dependency and promote self-reliance. But comparing them and their breeding habits to animals is indefensible. He sounds like he is one step away from promoting forced sterilization. If you treat people like animals, they tend to act like animals. That is what Democrats do, not Republicans. He should be attacking the government for treating people like pets. That would be far more effective and true. Bureaucrats never recognize the results of their own destructive behavior.

Jeff and Mike, it smacks of... (Below threshold)

Jeff and Mike, it smacks of the in-bred arrogance and tone-deafness [it may sound good in Greenville but will it play in Peoria?] of Southern politicians. Similar to a guy we know from up North in Chicago, only his is a Marxist bend rather than an ol' Plantation type.

As for how animals are treated, for example, you can shoot your woman down there and get away with it, but shoot your neighbor's hound, and you are in for a pile of trouble. Granted, a hound is a working animal, not a pet, but most South Carolinians treat their animals very well.

The substance of what he says has some truth, but again, to pick on ONLY the poor, when there are plenty of other folks getting income tax credits for their kids who don't attend PTA meetings, parent teacher conferences and pass drug tests. How would you feel about having to pass THOSE requirements to get those tax credits and child care deductions? The entitlement mentality goes far beyond the lower income brackets.

I think its another example... (Below threshold)

I think its another example of a politician trying to be an obamalike story teller ... and failing miserably at it ...

JLawson, yes, those welfare... (Below threshold)

JLawson, yes, those welfare workers DO want a line of "clients" waiting for their "entitlement", and if there is no line, the Public Servants spend more money on a marketing campaign to fill up the gravy-train. Many government programs continue ad nauseum because it is more about the care and feeding of bureaucrats than some noble mission to help the helpless. Charity belongs to the citizens, disasters belong to the government.

In medical school over 30 years ago, one of the epidemiological studies I vividly remember was of the effects of food aid to areas of famine in Africa. None of the American aid changed any of the cultural or social problems that contributed to the famines. The study followed cycles of famine and population explosions and determined that in a society where a man's value is determined by how many children he can create, famine reduces the population to a sustainable level. By pouring food in, the famine cycle is shut down, breeding continues unabated, and the next famine puts even more lives in danger of starvation, requiring even more massive assistance with each cycle. The unintended consequence of our "charity" is that we get more and more people who cannot, will not, do not care for themselves and expect others to do it. After decades of dependency, the dependent cease to make any effort to get off the back of the Taxpayer. They will squat down in a looming disaster and wait for someone else to put themselves in danger on their behalf.

A few weeks ago I was speaking before a roomful of caregivers discussing how different the level of benefits are for public patients in NY vs GA. Patients who move from NY get downright hostile that they can't get all the things paid for by Georgians that New Yorkers provided free-of-charge. It is humorous to hear the GA patients tee-off on how the NY patients feel "entitled" to so much more than they are getting.

This I do know. Charity often breeds contempt and resentment in the recipient for the giver. Contempt and resentment merge into entitlement and anger. When the "charity" is taken by force and used in a government redistribution scheme, contempt, resentment, and anger build in both sides of the exchange. Personally, I think this is exactly what the Progressives in government want: a country divided against itself with Progs in control of the purse.

epador,Southern, i... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:


Southern, in-bred stereotypes? You sound as bad as Bauer.

What gets me is that I had ... (Below threshold)

What gets me is that I had to pass a drug test in order to work so I could pay for these lazy drug addicted a**holes who can't pass a drug test and procreate like animals. Have you seen anyone on welfare with only one child? I haven't. Have you ever seen a white person on welfare? yes - how about mexican? yes, how about black? yes how about asian; yes. Now, can someone please explain to me why if we complain about lazy people on welfare we are automatically accused of being "RACIST". Seems to me that term was almost way in the past until Obama and his cronies brought it back. Something's wrong somewhere, and it ain't with us conservatives who want these lazy, selfish, baby-making creeps to stand up and take responsibility for their own actions.






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