It is politicking on his part, certainly, but Governor Mark Sanford is acting responsibly. He was elected by the people of South Carolina to act prudently and to spend their money wisely. His entire career has been spent in an effort to reign in ridiculous spending of legislatures.
Now, CNN is trying to use the story of one decrepit school to give him grief about refusing South Carolina's share of the $787 billion 'stimulus'.
Sanford responds correctly: "You know, you could pass a bill that spends money that we actually have, specifically to fix up schools."
The fact is, the state of TySheoma Bethea's school is horrendous. No one argues about that. The fact also is that the South Carolina legislature has done nothing to fix it for years. Now, the President of the United States has chosen to spend almost $1,000,000,000,000 of money that the U.S. doesn't have for a P.R. stunt. Mark Sanford believes in delayed gratification: if you can't pay for it, don't buy it. I'd personally like to see a lot more money go to education, but I don't want to see it happen if we don't have the money.
Last time I checked, one of the big reasons that we got into this economic mess was because too many people got credit too easily and spent on things that they couldn't afford. Now the United States has decided to fix that problem by doing the exact same thing on a more massive scale.
When you don't have the money, you shouldn't spend the money you don't have. It's as simple as that. We elect politicians with the hope that they will make the tough decisions. Governor Sanford has; he wants the federal government to act responsibly. President Obama has not; he wants to win the next election by paying off everyone that he can. It's shameful.
But Josh, you say, we can sell debt to China to fund this. Yeah, but what happens when China decides it's no longer worth it? You should always anticipate the worst and act accordingly--especially when you've been given the trust of the people.
I hope that the U.S. government or the legislature of South Carolina will alter their priorities to fund TySheoma's school's renovation with money that they have. Certainly they can find a few thousand dollars in cuts. I doubt they'll do that, since it's a lot easier to whine about how the responsible politician doesn't have a big enough heart, all the while stealing from the future to earn political capital now.