Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer: "...regret it? Sure...I wouldn't have to be taking this heat otherwise."

It's an old chestnut, but in a Great Recession, hugely out of place and inhumane. Miami Herold:
Republican Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said he regretted comments comparing people who take public assistance to stray animals, but the incident continued to draw fire. Bauer said he regretted the remarks "because now it's being used as an analogy, not a metaphor.

"Do I regret it? Sure I do. I wouldn't have to be taking this heat otherwise."
He sees it as something he has to endure, take the "heat" for saying, and not for any moral or ethical reason. Another ruthless elitist. Listen to his take on kids who can't afford school lunches as well.

What Bauer said:

Bauer revisited instructions he said his grandmother had given him when he was a small child. Bauer said his grandmother, who was not highly educated, had told him to stop feeding stray animals. "You know why?" he asked. "Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a human ample food supply."

Bauer later said his intent was to explain the government is "breeding a culture of dependency" with its social program, which he said has grown out of control and "amounts to little more than socialism, paid for by hardworking, tax-paying families ... against their wishes."
This isn't anything new spewing out of the mouths of conservative sadists. Human suffering is trivialized and not tolerated in their self aggrandizing world of individual responsibility and freedom. That message "has been a staple" of social conservatives and evangelicals for decades. Welfare takes away any incentive poor people have to be responsible.

But how well did Wall Street take its responsibilities to American investors and retirees when they gambled away the global economy and created the Great Recession?

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