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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 05:18 PM
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South Carolina Governor Rejects Stimulus Money
South Carolina Governor Rejects Stimulus Money
By Kate Phillips

Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina has just announced that he will reject about $700 million in federal stimulus money for his state, in his continuing battle with the White House over ways the money can be used.

Mr. Sanford was responding to the Obama administrations second rejection of his requests to use about $700 million of South Carolinas anticipated $2.8 billion in stimulus money to pay down some of the states debt. Peter R. Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, told him in a letter dated today that the new stimulus funds can only be used in these circumstances for government services, and cannot be applied to past debt.

Now, state legislators can overrule a governors wishes and seek the money themselves for the state, thanks to a section of the stimulus act insisted upon by Representative James Clyburn, the Democratic majority whip and longtime lawmaker from South Carolina. The two have feuded publicly over the stimulus money, and Mr. Clyburn made sure the language was inserted in part because of Mr. Sanfords opposition.

In his statement, Mr. Sanford alluded to that provision by saying he hoped, if lawmakers went ahead to obtain the $700 million in stabilization funds (the state stands to get a total $2.8 billion), that they would offset it in other ways to pay down the states debt. He cited a recent study that ranked South Carolina as the fourth-highest of states in terms of the annual revenue used to pay debt.

Mr. Orszags office released another rejection letter. This time, Mr. Orszag not only said Congress hadnt intended for stimulus money aimed at educational rebuilding or government services to be used this way. He also said he had consulted with other agencies to make the determination.

Although payment of public debt obligations is a necessary governmental expenditure,the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Justice and my office, has concluded that the paying down of past debt does not constitute the use of Federal funds for government services under the plain meaning of those words in the Act, Mr. Orszag wrote.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/round-2-o...

What A Fool
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 05:19 PM
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1. Dumbass. Moran. n/t
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 05:20 PM
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2. I hope that everyone in that state realizes what is going on.
Edited on Fri Mar-20-09 05:23 PM by BrklynLiberal
That asshat is willing to sacrifice the well being of his constituents for political gain.
He is counting on the state legislature to override him, so he can have his cake, but say he never really wanted it.


I had hoped that the rule was you cannot line-item veto the stimulus money. It was an all-or-nothing package.
This is such a slimy, greasy, slithery ploy that the "rejecting" governors are using.
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UnrepentantUnitarian Donating Member (887 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 05:27 PM
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4. We're not yet anywhere near a majority here, but...
...Center for American Progress released some data that shows we've been gaining some in SC. We may well be the last state to be dragged into the 21st century...kicking and screaming, of course. At the very least there's a couple thousand of us who have come together in Facebook groups the past few days to express our disapproval....with plenty room for more, of course.

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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 05:39 PM
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5. Good for you!!! I know it has been an uphill battle. :D
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 05:22 PM
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3. Fine
Give the money to the Special Olympics.
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 05:42 PM
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6. he doesn't care about his constituents
what a rotten twit
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 06:09 PM
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7. Classic example of principled dogma trumping real life -
Happens on both sides by some all too often.
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Hieronymus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 07:11 PM
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8. What a fucking idiot. Expect to see him run for president in 2012.
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malletgirl02 Donating Member (938 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 07:48 PM
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9. SC schools
Is SC where that girl at the SOTU address rundown school is located? If so, maybe Sanford should concentrate on improving schools in his state instead of politically grandstanding.
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