Where to begin? These days the best place to start is usually with a retraction.
Linda Ketner, an openly lesbian 2008 South Carolina Democratic candidate for Congress, issued an apology on Friday, June 5, for comments she made claiming three Palmetto State Republicans were closeted gays.
The bombshell statements were made in a FireDogLake interview on June 1.
“We have more gay people serving in South Carolina than probably in anyplace in the United States; they’re just not out of the closet,” she told blogger Howie Klein. “We have an awful lot of people in the closet — Lindsey Graham, Glenn McConnell who’s our Senate president pro tem, our Lt Governor [André Bauer].”
Later in the comment section of the website, Ketner clarified her remarks, “By the way, in Howie’s intro, he quoted me as saying several members of state and U.S. government were gay,” she said. “I don’t know that for sure having never been intimate with any of them. Those are the rumors.”
On June 5, Ketner wrote on her blog: “I’ve always been resolute about never outing anyone, believing strongly that every person gets to decide when or if he or she comes out. I let myself and others down in a recent off-the-record chat with a reporter. I obviously don’t have knowledge of the sexual orientation of any individuals mentioned. What I do have is respect and appreciation for their service to this state.”
She added, “My sincerest apologies to any of you rightfully upset with me.”
Your sincerity is unquestioned, my dear. Putting Glenn McConnell aside (undoubtedly for another occasion) along with Old News like Miss Lindsay, our attention is drawn to THIS dude.
Rudolph Andreas “André” Bauer (born March 20, 1969) is the current Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. He is a member of the Republican Party. Bauer was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (1996 – 1999) and a member of the South Carolina State Senate (1999 – 2003), before being inaugurated as South Carolina’s 87th Lieutenant Governor on January 15, 2003.
As might be expected the ever-intrepid Mike Rogers has the skinny.
For awhile it seemed that Rudolph Andreas might be taking over the South Carolina governor’s chair due the now-famous “scandal” on “the old Appalacian trail.” But now something more unsettling that Teh Ghey has come up.
Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has compared giving people government assistance to “feeding stray animals.”
Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, made his remarks during a town hall meeting in Fountain Inn that included state lawmakers and about 115 residents.
“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.
In South Carolina, 58 percent of students participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program.
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 Friday told The Greenville News he wasn’t saying people on government assistance “were animals or anything else.”
But that’s what you DID say, Blanche. That’s what you DID say.
In his speech, 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.”
Later in his speech, Bauer said, “I can show you a bar graph where free and reduced lunch has the worst test scores in the state of South Carolina,” adding, “You show me the school that has the highest free and reduced lunch, and I’ll show you the worst test scores, folks. It’s there, period.
“So how do you fix it? Well you say, ‘Look, if you receive goods or services from the government, then you owe something back.’”
The same way the overwhelmingly rich owe something back in taxes. Right Andre?
Bauer said there are no “repercussions” from accepting government assistance.
“We don’t make you take a drug test. We ought to. We don’t even make you show up to your child’s parent-teacher conference meeting or to the PTA meeting.
“You go to a school where there’s an active participation of parents, and guess what? They have the highest test scores. So what do you do? You say, ‘Look folks, if you receive goods or services from the government and you don’t attend a parent-teacher conference, bam, you lose your benefits.’
“We’re going to have to do things like that. We can’t afford to keep just giving money away.”
Right. Who do these people think they are? AIG?
“And, Bauer said, it is time to confront “babies having babies. Somebody’s got to talk about. Politicians don’t want to talk about it anymore because it’s politically incorrect.”
Bauer told The News later, “People in society have certain responsibilities; just like if you don’t pay your taxes, there are certain repercussions.”
He said government hasn’t made requirements to make those receiving aid be more responsible.
“They can continue to have more and more kids, and the reward is there’s more and more money in it for them.”
Instead, he said, the government should place incentives in its welfare programs, such as providing child care so parents can work or receive education so they can break the welfare cycle.
Government continues to reward bad behavior by giving money to people who “don’t have to do a thing,” he said.”
Not a thing to do but make babies. Maybe they should be forced to abort. Right Andre?
Tymeco Gregory grew up in a single-parent home in which, he said, his family relied on free-lunch programs at school to survive while struggling to pay bills.
“If I didn’t get any money or help with food for school and stuff, we probably would have to go without eating at school,” Gregory said. “We don’t have a lot of extra money.”
Now an 18-year-old freshman physics major at Wofford College, Gregory credited a support system from Furman University’s Bridges to a Brighter Future program and government assistance with helping him achieve his goal to attend college.
Tobi Swartz, director of Bridges to a Brighter Future, declined to comment on Bauer’s remarks but said students can achieve despite their backgrounds if shown the opportunity.
“Income and circumstance does not define you, and young people have the ability to make choices that are their future,” Swartz said.
“We need to provide opportunities and exposure that will provide them the vision for something beyond their circumstances.”
Typical bleeding-heart liberal ! Well we’ve had enough of that, haven’t we Andre?
Hold the phone — this just in !
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, under fire for drawing a comparison between needy people and “stray animals,” said Monday that he regrets his choice of words.
In a phone interview with CNN, Bauer, a Republican candidate for governor, said, “I wish I had used a different metaphor.” Bauer told an audience Friday that people receiving government assistance are like “stray animals” because “they breed” and “don’t know any better.”
“I never intended to tie people to animals,” he said, before opting for a kinder animal metaphor: “If you have a cat, if you take it in your house and feed it and love it, what happens when you go out of town?”
Noting that he has raised money for a group that protects animals, Bauer also said he is “not against animals.”
as long as they’re white.
But Bauer said he is committed to finding ways to end the “culture of dependency” created by government assistance. He suggested that people on welfare undergo drug testing or be mandated to attend parent-teacher conferences. Efforts at self-improvement, such as job-training or earning a high school equivalency degree, should be rewarded.
Otherwise, he argued, people will just sit at home waiting for a government check. He called that a “systemic problem.”
“If some of these people who are currently on welfare were put to work you wouldn’t have an immigration problem,” he said. “The welfare system is so entrenched that nobody wants to do manual labor jobs.”
— other than illegal immigrants who’ll work for the next-to-nothing such jobs pay.
Asked about criticism from his political opponents, Bauer argued that many voters in South Carolina agree with him. He said he is only telling hard truths that have been swept under the rug for decades and called for a “mature discussion” about welfare in South Carolina. He said he has spoken about the issue for months, and not once has a voter objected.
“That’s part of being a leader,” he said. “Politicians stand up and give eloquent speeches that make you feel good, but they don’t do anything about it.” Referencing President Obama, Bauer said: “That’s why we have some of the problems we have in this country today.”
Bauer has also been rumored to have considered switching races to run for Congress in South Carolina’s first congressional district, a seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Brown. “I am not running for Henry Brown’s seat,” he said.
No, he’s “trading up”
Cause if he’s in the running for anything it’s (see top of post) Tom Cruise’s next boyfriend.
Sing us out Neil.