A Modest Proposal

South CarolinaSouth Carolina Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer has gotten the PC types a little upset with some recent statements about people who receive public assistance, but he’s only telling the plain truth. He said:

“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.”

If you don’t think he’s right, try leaving food at your back door. Pretty soon you’ll have all kinds of pests living in your back yard. They might even set up a tent if they’re not afraid you’ll call the cops.

But the thing is, Bauer has good empirical evidence for his assertion, beyond the wisdom of his grandmother. He explained:

“I can show you a bar graph where free and reduced lunch has the worst test scores in the state of South Carolina. You show me the school that has the highest free and reduced lunch, and I’ll show you the worst test scores, folks. It’s there, period.”

That true, folks, and he proved it with a little logical technique named cum hoc ergo propter hoc. Look it up.

Listen, it’s not that complicated. When you feed school children for free, that makes them think that everything will always be free. With that kind of worldview, it’s no wonder they don’t work hard at school. The answer is simple: make them work for their lunch.

When I was growing up, I had to work for my food. Sure, I couldn’t afford the nice food my parents ate, but it taught me a valuable lesson. And smelling the delicious meat my parents were eating instilled the desire in me to work harder so that I could have meat too, and stop being so dizzy. And that kind of upbringing made me the person I am today.

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