First Andre Bauer decides to piss on the poor, likening them to stray animals, but now he has decided to drop a deuce on stay-at-home moms (and dads), according to a Post and Courier report:
Bauer continued to campaign against people taking advantage of welfare, saying, “We’ve got more people in the country voting than we do working for a living.”
And, you know what, Andre’s almost right.
In 2008, 136.6 million people voted in the presidential election, according to The New York Times. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 139,455,000 Americans 16 and over are currently employed while 154,715,000 Americans are not.
Now, Andre was wrong, but he got real damn close. Good for him. Somebody buy him a new pair of big-boy pants he can hang in his closet.
However, the accusation that Bauer is making is that anybody who isn’t employed — 154 million Americans — is a welfare-sucking parasite and worthy of our contempt — and, hell, they probably shouldn’t be allowed to vote either.
Truth be told, welfare recipents make up only a small percentage of the 154 mil who don’t have jobs. According to a USA Today report, in 2009 4.1 million Americans collected welfare, 9.1 million collected unemployment insurance, and 37.2 received food stamps.
So exactly, who are the other let’s say 100 million Americans who don’t work — you know, once you subtract the welfare-and-food-stamps crowd? Maybe I’m wrong here, but I’d say it’s stay-at-home moms, retirees, and students.
Now, you may say that Andre didn’t specifically say that stay-at-homers and retirees are great American leeches — and that’s certainly not what he meant. And, well, you’re right.
But it’s exactly what he unintentionally said when he cited that more Americans vote than work.
The lesson here kids: there are lies, damned lies, statistics, and idiots who don’t know how to use any of them.