Image: Autumn SandeenSometimes I don’t understand conservatives with their “small government” approach to “government largesse” and big government approach to reproductive rights.

Talking Points Memo (TPM) has an article up on what Gary Bauer, the former president of the Family Research Council, said at the Values Voter Summit said about people like me. And no, not about trans people like me, but about people who are receiving what are often referred to as entitlements.

The TPM article, entitled Gary Bauer: Obama’s Votes Come From Welfare Checks And Voter Fraud, had this to say about those receiving checks from the government:

After his speech, Bauer told TPM “voter fraud is rampant in urban areas” and he expected that to help Obama.

Bauer also told TPM that “there are a lot of people who will vote this November because they depend on government largesse,” meaning checks from Washington. He expects those voters to go Obama as well.

“They will vote for their own perceived interests, which is they don’t want anybody cutting back the size of the checks,” Bauer said.

…“There’s a lot of people out now around America who depend on checks from their fellow taxpayers being in the mailbox every day,” Bauer said. “They will turn out in massive numbers, but so will the entrepreneurs, the small businessmen and women, the military families, the soldiers in harms way, the millions of Americans that want to hope again.”

I’m a retired military veteran receiving a pension. I’m a disabled military veteran with a 100% VA disability rating, service connected. I’m just plain disabled and unable to hold down a job. For all of these statuses, I “depend on checks from their fellow taxpayers”; I apparently am one of those many “people who will vote this November because they depend on government largesse” — meaning checks from Washington.

I’m going to vote for a second term for President Obama, but a May Gallup Poll on how veterans will vote breaks it down this way:

U.S. veterans, about 13% of the adult population and consisting mostly of older men, support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%, while nonveterans give Obama a four-percentage-point edge.

It seems that Bauer has at least one group, many of which receive “government largesse,” a little bit wrong on who they vote for.

But interestingly to me, it seems to me that Bauer doesn’t consider people who receive checks from the government — which would seem to me to include disabled veteran and non-veteran Americans, military retirees, as well as older Americans receiving Social Security benefits — full citizens of the United States. It appears to me that he implied that our votes should be diminished and discounted.

As the Marines are fond of saying, “Hoo-rah!” That’s so the way to indirectly degrade all American citizens who receive government checks.