Monday, March 23, 2009

Sanford in His Own Words

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has decided to turn down the federal stimulus money he has control over. Wall Street Journal has an piece written by Sanford explaining his position. I thought it was worth a read but I really think it all boils down to this point:

But many people do not realize that the stimulus money runs out in 24 months -- at which point South Carolina will be forced to find a new source of funding to sustain the new level of spending, or to make sharp cuts. Sure, I could kick the can down the road; in two years, I'll be safely out of office. But it would be irresponsible.

Sanford doesn't want to pay to continue the stimulus-funded programs once the stimulus money runs out. He also said he'd like to take that $700 million to pay down state debt. Which brings up another interesting quote from the article:

When you're in a hole, the first order of business is stop digging. South Carolina is in a hole, and it's not a shallow one.

Which immediately reminded me of one of my favorite Simpsons episodes, "Homer the Vigilante":
[Several townspeople are stuck in a deep hole they've dug.]
Homer: We'll dig our way out!
[They begin shovelling afresh.]
Chief Wiggum: No, no... dig up, stupid.

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