While Obama is busy hurling our nation into unspeakable debt and demanding “oversight” on executive compensation at companies who haven’t even received bailout funds (if that isn’t socialism I don’t know what is), the governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford, is actually thinking about the future.
Mr. Sanford has just written an article about the portion of the economic stimulus package that is supposed to be coming to his state. Apparently there is about $2 billion that the federal government is putting directly into existing programs like Medicaid. But beyond that, an additional $700 million is earmarked for SC, and Mr. Sanford has a say about what happens to it. And you know what he wants to do with it? Pay down his state’s debt. He doesn’t want to throw it at more social programs. He wants to be responsible with it. Mark Sanford figured that since we’re going to spend money we don’t have at the federal level, he might as well make sure that his state’s finances are in order.
So, last week, Mr. Sanford reached out to Obamaprompter, and requested a waiver from restrictions on stimulus money. And you know what the response was? A big fat no. And since a big fat no was apparently not enough, the DNC also decided to launch a bunch of campaign-style TV ads attacking him for making the request.
Sanford summed it up nicely when he said, “The fact remains that while we’d all like to spend unlimited dollars on the very real needs that exist in our state, we must spend in the context of what is sustainable.”
Obamaprompter could learn a thing or two from Mark Sanford.