South Carolina lieutenant governor compares free-lunch recipients to 'stray animals'
By Gary Reese
January 24, 2010 —
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in a recent speech compared people whose children receive free and reduced-price school lunches to stray animals that are fed handouts. Bauer is a Republican candidate for governor. He’s floating the idea that too many people get locked into unproductive lives because they receive various wealth entitlements without making any sacrifices or doing anything to better themselves. But it remains to be seen how South Carolinians will respond to his harsh analogy. “…We've got more people voting for a living than we do working for a living,” said Bauer. Fifty-eight percent of students in the state’s public schools participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program.
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