Democrats are on the offensive today after André Bauer's suggestion that kids with neglectful parents should be denied hot lunch. He must think they'll be smarter on an empty stomach. There are a lot of kids getting a free lunch at school who may not be getting anything that passes for a meal when they get home. Personally, I'd take on something that really does rot their brains, like iCarly.
From Bauer: “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."
South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler points out that Bauer is a bachelor who has never had another mouth to feed: "His notion of punishing children by not feeding them because their parents missed a PTA meeting flies in the face of basic South Carolina values."
From Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen: ""I am disgusted by these comments. They show an unbelievable lack of compassion toward the unemployed workers in our state who are hurting during these hard times. The Lieutenant Governor and his colleagues simply don't accept any responsibility for their inability to get our citizens back to work. His comments were immoral and out of line, even if he was trying to energize his base." Sheheen has also set up an online petition calling for Bauer to apologize.
Democrat Mullins McLeod has also commented: "“It amazes me how some Republican politicians claim a monopoly on Christianity and then go out and say and do some of the most unchristian things imaginable.
Lt. Governor Bauer’s comments are despicable and the total opposite of the Christian values Bauer espouses."