Bauer never said anything about taking food from children, nor did he compare the needy to stray animals. He simply said welfare benefits should be taken away from lazy recipients who won't even lift a finger to help themselves or their children. And the American taxpayers agree with him.
Follow the link to his actual statement and you'll see for yourself. Let your viewers and readers hear his exact words as they were spoken -- rather than selections taken out of context -- by clicking http://www.greenvilleonline.com/ which loads the Greenville News homepage. Please scroll down, looking on the right side, until you see Latest Videos and his name. Clicking his picture will allow you to listen to his remarks, which lasted almost three minutes.
Another route would be to click here: Bauer audio file from town hall
Andre Bauer offers additional comments on “breeding a culture of dependency”
“Big difference between being truly needy and truly lazy”
At a forum this week, I spoke out in favor of finding ways to break the government’s cycle of handouts and dependency.
Yes, I believe government is “breeding a culture of dependency” which has grown out of control, and frankly, amounts to little more than socialism, paid for by hard-working, tax-paying families… against their wishes.
At the same time, I feel strongly that we can and should help our neighbors who are truly needy. In fact, I’ve spent much of my last seven years helping those in need… traveling the state to help provide blankets, shoes, food, and health care to those who need it most.
However, there’s a big difference between being truly needy and truly lazy.
My suggestion to require parents of children who receive free lunches to attend parent-teacher conferences is simply a common-sense idea to help break the cycle of dependency, while at the same time providing a better education and a brighter future for the children affected.
Requiring drug testing for adults receiving tax-funded benefits is also just good, plain, common sense.
Yes, I am speaking out for such requirements, even though they may be “politically incorrect” in the eyes of the news media. It’s better for the children, it’s better for the taxpayers, and, in the end, offering a hand up instead of a hand out will be better for those who have become taxpayer dependents.
Americans are a compassionate people who will always help their brothers who are truly in need. But we cannot and will not allow those who are simply “riding the system” to continue to do so without consequence.
Warren Buffet once said, “No one washes a rental car.” He’s right. We must find ways to instill some sense of responsibility or consequence into those who are now a part of the cycle of automatic hand-outs.
Generational welfare is bad for the people on it and bad for the state of South Carolina.
Hear my exact words as they were spoken -- rather than selections taken out of context -- by clicking http://www.greenvilleonline.com/ which loads the Greenville News homepage. Please scroll down, looking on the right side, until you see Latest Videos and my name. Clicking my picture will allow you to listen to my remarks, which lasted almost three minutes.
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