The University of South Carolina has now joined Clemson and practically every other government entity in South Carolina in rallying its troops against Gov. Mark Sanford’s decision to reject $700 million of the $8 billion in federal “stimulus” money.
And if that wasn’t enough, USC is helping organize tonight’s “Spend-A-Palooza” government employee rally on the steps of the S.C. State House.
Here’s the e-mail that was blasted out less than an hour ago on USC’s taxpayer-provided ListServ:
Join fellow University of South Carolina students and alumni and friends for a rally supporting stimulus funding for higher education Wednesday, April 1, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Statehouse steps (Gervais Street).
If you agree with the need to accept federal stimulus money, please call or e-mail the governor immediately with the following urgent message. Below is the governor’s phone number and e-mail address:
Phone number: 803-734-2100
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our leaders have worked hard to protect the quality of our education. However, we fear that refusing the stimulus funds will have a drastic impact on our University and all of higher education.
The University of South Carolina desperately needs the one-time funding that federal stimulus dollars will provide.
Remember, this is a school that has seen its total budget grow from $614 million to $860 million over the last four years alone – and that’s including the latest round of state budget “cuts” (more like “reductions in excess,” if you ask us).
Like its fellow higher ed porkers at Clemson and MUSC, South Carolina’s “flagship institution” does not “desperately” need this money – which makes it like every single one of the government entities that we’ve caught using your tax dollars to pimp this liberal fiction over the past few weeks.
What the University of South Carolina “desperately” needs to do is to learn how to live within its means, and to start focusing on a core academic mission, not begging for more money to continue mission creeping all over the damn place.