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Sanford and ‘Some’

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

Sanford doesn’t think stimulus money will fix things, but South Carolina is expected to take some anyway.

Wednesday will mark the day Mark Sanford, governor of South Carolina, rejected “some” of the estimated $8 billion in federal stimulus money his state is slated to receive. Sanford’s anti-deficit spending stand has sparked talk that the Republican may be eyeing a 2012 presidential campaign. Updated.

Sanford announced that he wants to use $700 million in federal stimulus funds to pay down the state’s debt, not pay for social services. South Carolina’s state legislature is believed to have enough votes to overrule the governor’s plan.

The Guardian:

South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is expected today to become the first governor to formally reject some of the federal stimulus money earmarked by Congress for his state.

The move will cement Sanford’s growing reputation as a political powerhouse among Republican party stalwarts nationwide—though how much of the estimated $8bn in stimulus funds destined for South Carolina will be affected is unclear. The law allows state legislative leaders to accept funds the governor rejects.

“Our objections to the so-called stimulus bill have been well-chronicled for the way it spends money that we don’t have and for the way this printing of money could ultimately devalue the American dollar,” Sanford said on Tuesday, even as he acknowledged that he’ll accept some.

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By cyrena, March 11, 2009 at 11:12 pm Link to this comment

By lodipete, March 11 at 12:39 pm #

South Carolina; A little touch of the Taliban right here in our own back yard.


This is the best assessment yet.

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By Hulk2008, March 11, 2009 at 11:46 am Link to this comment

As Gov. Sanford might put it,
“Let them eat crab-cakes.”

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By squeaky jones, March 11, 2009 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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Sanford, what an asshole. People are drowning all around him, and he refuses money that could save them. In his eyes, it is about him, not the people he is suppose to represent. American democracy what a joke. Sanford watch out, the people are hungry. Squeaky.

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By jkfields, March 11, 2009 at 10:45 am Link to this comment
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HEART My heart goes out to all the good people of South Carolina who must endure being seen as the state that produced both Lindsay Graham and Mark Sanford. Just keep pointing to Steven Colbert—he’s a keeper!

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By godistwaddle, March 11, 2009 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

Would that our national leaders refuse to give ANY federal money to those who aren’t a bit grateful. Let them take care of their own.  Let them die, torn to shreds, and other good thoughts.

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By lodipete, March 11, 2009 at 9:39 am Link to this comment

South Carolina; A little touch of the Taliban right here in our own back yard.

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