South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is expected today to become the first governor to formally reject some of the federal stimulus money earmarked by Congress for his state.Whether he means it or not, at least he rejected the funds for the right reasons:
The move will cement Sanford's growing reputation as a political powerhouse among Republican party stalwarts nationwide - though how much of the estimated $8bn in stimulus funds destined for South Carolina will be affected is unclear. The law allows state legislative leaders to accept funds the governor rejects.
"Our objections to the so-called stimulus bill have been well-chronicled for the way it spends money that we don't have and for the way this printing of money could ultimately devalue the American dollar," Sanford said on Tuesday, even as he acknowledged that he'll accept some.True, Sanford is not defending the free market or attacking the state at its roots. But it's a glimpse of the sun on an otherwise dark day.