SC Governor Mark Sanford Turning Down Funds That Could’ve Gotten Ty’sheoma Bethea a New School

Hat Tip to Jack and Jill Politics

Sanford’s got to be kidding, right?

And to prove that he isn’t dealing in reality, he likened the Obama Administration’s support of the stimulus package to the tactics of Zimbabwe’s murderous dictator Robert Mugabe. Mugabe doesn’t even care about his own people who are falling to disease and hunger. All because Sanford and his Old South supporters want to continue Jim Crowing the state? What year is this? What century? Keep them ignorant and hungry in the 21st century, and they will do whatever you want? That’s serfdom and slavery, not democracy.

“What you’re doing is buying into the notion that if we just print some more money that we don’t have, send it to different states — we’ll create jobs,” Sanford said. “If that’s the case, why isn’t Zimbabwe a rich place?… Why isn’t Zimbabwe just an incredibly prosperous place. ‘Cause they’re printing money they don’t have and sending it around to their different — I don’t know the towns in Zimbabwe but that same logic is being applied there with little effect.”

We know why Mugabe is printing all that phony money, because no one will give Mugabe any more foreign loans until his ass is dead or in exile. But Sanford doesn’t care; the ends justifies the means. He’ll keep equating Zimbabwe=Mugabe with the U.S.=Obama.

Sanford’s intransigence means that 7500 teachers are going to get laid off, and Ty’Sheoma and her classmates are going to continue to go to school (in fact, a lot of students in her particular county and others share this predicament) in a building that has started its second century and is falling apart with outdated books and few supplies. The trains that interrupted her classes will continue to roll on and shake the building to its foundations. That’s his answer to seeing the young girl by Michelle Obama’s side at the State of the Union address. This is Sanford’s Fort Sumter moment, but we all know what happened after that minor skirmish.

I can well imagine now how much claptrappery Franklin Roosevelt had to endure from all sides when he instigated the New Deal. If it wasn’t from the Hoover types, it was from his own class, from laissez-faire industrialists and especially from Southern politicians who wanted to keep the old paternalism and shackles to the land going. This is what it is about. That’s all it’s been about, since Nixon brought the South into the Republican fold in the late Sixties as a damper to black Democratic aspirations. Keep ’em down.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina responded on a column that Sanford’s remarks went “beyond the pale.” Of course, there was a quick volley from Mordor:

“Rep. Clyburn always plays the race card,” shot back Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer, who said his boss has also compared the stimulus to failed government policies in Germany and Argentina. “This policy will result in hyper-inflation… [Clyburn] is ripping off the people he purports to represent.”

So first Mugabe and now formerly fascist countries? Weimar Germany did it because of its indebtedness to the U.S. and to the former Allies in reparations. Argentina adopted a strategy in the 1990s to align the peso to the American dollar, with considerable consequences. Does anyone want to take the time to look these things up? Let the DNC have the final word:

~ by blksista on March 13, 2009.

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