South Carolina’s contribution to our national polity and political discourse has not always been on the side of progress. For example, to win South Carolina's support for the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson removed all material from the document that condemned slavery. And now from the state that gave us John C. Calhoun, the nullification crisis of 1832, secession leading to the Civil War, Strom Thurmond, and Jim DeMint we have Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer campaigning to succeed Republican playboy Mark Sanford as governor presenting his ideas on education and poverty:
Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, made his remarks during a town hall meeting in Fountain Inn that included state lawmakers and about 115 residents.
"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," Bauer said.
In South Carolina, 58 percent of students participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program.
Bauer's remarks came during a speech in which he said government should take away assistance if those receiving help didn't pass drug tests or attend parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings if their children were receiving free and reduced-price lunches.