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.