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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.

 --In Texas, George W. Bush continues his understated effort to rehabilitate his image with the American people. He’s done it so far by largely keeping silent, and letting former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Bush White House Political Director Karl Rove do the verbal beating up of Barack Obama and the Democrats. Now with his speaking out about the Haitian earthquake, Bush is trying to start unobtrusively easing into the role of elder statesman. 

--Ethics reform that has worked? That just may be the case in Oklahoma, where a year-and-a-half-old law has reduced the reported amount of money given by lobbyists to state lawmakers by almost two-thirds.  

--Birmingham News columnist Bob Blalock points out that the victory for the Republicans in Massachusetts may mean harder times for GOP-majority state legislatures in places like Alabama. Republicans in the US Senate can now do more than carp about another round of federal stimulus heading to states – they can stop it. But would they? Alabama and its state budget perhaps should hope not. 

--And in Florida, big plans for a commuter rail network in the crowded central-state region are threatened, not long after a special session of the legislature supposedly paved the way for this longstanding dream of Florida politicos. Now AMTRAK is threatening to end rail service in the area. But is it a bluff? 



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