Like a bunch of rabid dogs fighting over a tainted bone, numerous political factions including both Democrats and Republicans as well as a horde of special interest groups have been attacking South Carolina’s governor over his fiscal conservatism exemplified by his desire to use a portion of the stimulus money to pay down part of South Carolina’s state debt.
All of his detractors claim to represent the people of South Carolina while many of these same people purported to be represented by these various factions through various blogs on newspaper sites stand staunchly behind the governor.
Charleston’s Democratic mayor, Joe Riley, has issued another attack on Sanford today, (Riley issues new attack on Sanford). Apparently, Mayor Riley doesn’t bother to read the comment sections indicating there are more than a few people who wish he would simply shut up.
Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC) of South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District has virtually accused the governor of being racist for trying to either refuse the money or apply it to debt, an interesting stance for a person who’s political base has been demographically eroding in his own district in spite of efforts to maintain that base through some very creative gerrymandering. Clyburn should concentrate his efforts on more effectively hiding projects which benefit his relatives rather than attacking the governor. “Ignorance of” is his favorite line for what has appeared to be an affinity for getting funding for projects where his close relatives are employed.
Most people, as in individuals, tend to tighten their belts and pay off their credit cards when times get tough.
Governor Sanford seems to think that responsible government should act like responsible individuals. Paying down debt during economic hard times should make the state more fiscally sound during good times, especially when you can use money that doesn’t even exist to do it.
One of the arguments I keep hearing against him from individuals is that it’s taxpayer’s money that ought to be returned to the taxpayers. The fallacy of that argument is that it’s money that hasn’t even been printed yet or borrowed from China … yet. And, very little of it will actually go to taxpayers anyway. So, I’m wondering exactly what taxpayers are actually complaining.
I’ve been reading a lot of accusations that Governor Sanford is only posturing to run for the presidency in 2012. It really amazes me how people who have no principles are driven completely crazy by a person who does. Governor Sanford is simply beyond the comprehension of his detractors, both in his Republican party and in the Democratic party.
Do I admire the man?
I admire any principled person who stands by his principles.
In these times, it’s an extremely rare quality.
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