We’re frequently accused of showing a little too much love to S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley, to which we can only say “we wish” (ba doom ching).
But seriously, why wouldn’t we show love to Nikki?
In addition to being one of the few fiscal conservatives in state government willing to stand up for what she believes in, Haley is hot as hell, people, and if showering her with our unceasing affection is wrong, we don’t wanna be right.
Anyway, Haley’s relentless pursuit of government transparency this year has put her squarely in the sights of House Speaker Bobby Harrell, whose big government agenda will be on the ropes if people are actually allowed to see how S.C. lawmakers vote.
Which is why Harrell and his fluffers have gone after Haley with a vengeance typically reserved for small defenseless nation-states … threatening her at every turn with increasingly severe reprisals if she continues pushing for her legislation.
The only problem with that approach?
It hasn’t worked.
Everywhere we turn, there’s increasing evidence that the public is all about Haley and her transparency bill.
For example, in today’s La Socialista letters page, four regular Joes weighed in on it …
Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington is exactly right, and anyone who opposes her bill to mandate individual recorded votes for every vote in the state Legislature is exactly wrong. Only a politician could cook up excuses to keep from having absolutely every vote recorded.
What are politicians afraid of? It all reeks of corruption on the part of those who resist such a common-sense precaution. The law expects common citizens to be responsible and, if theyâ€™re not, theyâ€™re subject to punishment for any law they violate. When politicians attempt to escape responsibility in South Carolina, there are only Nikki Haley and a few others willing to hold them accountable.
A big thanks to Rep. Nikki Haley, Gov. Mark Sanford and Sen. Glen McConnell for their initiative to shed more light on our political process. Sadly, in many cases, itâ€™s more of a political process than a leadership process.
Itâ€™s also interesting that those who would oppose more â€œsunshineâ€ would begin to squirm or remain mute in an attempt to continue to hide their votes and views from their constituents. Alignment of committee appointees to agree with their under-the-table dealings guarantees our stateâ€™s position at the bottom of the socioeconomic barrel.
-RICHARD E. MORGAN, SR.
Our elected officials tell us to let them hear from us on how we feel about various issues, but quite a few are less than eager to let us know how they cast their votes. Now it seems that at least one legislator (Rep. Nikki Haley) who is pushing for an open government very likely will be punished for working toward that end.
It is not surprising to find a controversy over something that should be a matter of common sense and a sense of responsibility. What do â€œtheyâ€ have to hide? Apparently quite a bit, or this would not be an issue.
At a time when confidence in government at all levels is at low ebb, it is sad that many of those for whom we cast our votes do not see the need to help restore that confidence.
“Hell to the yeah,” regular Joes … err rather Tom, Dick and Dan.
In fact,Â that squeaking sound you hear is Haley mopping the floor with Speaker Harrell’s irrepressible ego and notoriously thin skin.
Using an army of spineless sycophants like Jimmy Merrill, Kenny Bingham, Alan Clemmons, Annette Young and Joan Brady, Harrell can continue threatening and trying to intimidate Haley all he wants, but the fact is he’s been getting his ass handed to him on this issue for months now.
In fact, the more Harrell shows his ass in attacking Haley, the stronger she becomes …