In the benevolent dictatorship of Sic Willie, there would be no “stimulus.”
Government would build roads, bridges, some schools, prisons and pay for people to perform these core, limited functions.
It would get the hell out of the way.
But since the question confronting the state of South Carolina at the moment isn’t whether there should or shouldn’t be a “stimulus,” which in reality is nothing more than a bureaucratic bailout, we’re going to deal for the moment with life as it is – not as it we wish it was.
Still, the truth we’re confronted with is that, right now, Columbia politicians are growing government at a time when every one else is having to cut their budgets – families, small businesses, big businesses, you name it.
In fact, everybody is having making tough decisions right now except government, which will grow this year with or without the controversial $740 million that Gov. Mark Sanford, state lawmakers and the mainstream media have had their panties in a wad over for several months now.
Seriously, even if you eliminated this pot of money altogether, state government would (will) still be bigger this year than it was last year – which frankly makes ZERO sense in this economic climate.
And it makes even less sense when you consider government grew by more than 40% over the previous four years.
Of course, none of these facts are putting the brakes on a good, government-fueled commie whinefest.
And while S.C. Republicrat lawmakers are bitching and moaning about “cuts to core services,” they’ve also been busy adding a Capital Police Force, paying for a new “vegetable marketing” agency, creating some bogus new taxpayer-funded dental program and bringing back “competitive grants” – all while continuing to pour cash into literally hundreds of totally unnecessary government programs.
Yet while all of this unneeded and wasteful boondoggling is going on, it’s important to note that not a single reform measure to fix our state’s spending addiction, backward government structure, anti-competitive policies and bloated, inefficient agency operations is being seriously debated by lawmakers.
Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
That’s because S.C. politicians (and the bureaucrats feeding them doom and gloom pronouncements) don’t want reform – they just want to get their grubby paws on as much of your money as they can at a time when you desperately need to hang onto as much of it as possible.
And so our state government – which has failed the people of the Palmetto State in every way imaginable for decades – wants to keep on doing what it’s been doing even though it obviously doesn’t work and we obviously can’t afford it anymore.
That’s garbage, quite frankly.
Thankfully, our founding editor – in his benevolence – has thought long and hard about this and come up with a plan.
“Give them the money …” Sic says.
Yup, you heard him right.
“Give them the money, all $740 million of the disputed funds …”
Seriously. Let them spend it, Sic says, on non-recurring expenses, recurring expenses, “education” expenses, “health care” expenses – hell, let them spend it on WHATEVER they want.
Of course, that’s just the first half of the sentence. Here’s the second:
“… provided they agree to three simple, easy reforms.”
Oooh … we knew it!
That Sic Willie always has something up his sleeve, doesn’t he?
So what are the three reforms?
A revenue cap, government restructuring and school choice.
Ba-da-boom, ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom-bang-bing.
Why those three reforms, you may ask?
Because a revenue cap would make sure we spend our money wisely moving forward, restructuring would ensure that we spend it efficiently moving forward and school choice would ensure that we don’t fail yet another generation of children while we’re in the process of (finally) picking our state up off the mat with sensible fiscal and governmental reform.
Seriously, if we’re going to pour billions of “one-time” dollars into a bunch of failed bureaucracies, let’s (duh) insist that these bureaucracies make fundamental changes.
You know, so they don’t keep failing.
What’s wrong with that?
After all, everybody likes change right?
Oh we forgot – not at the S.C. State House.
Because “change” that means government (for once) would have to be accountable to the taxpayers, and God forbid the people who pay for this show actually insist that their money go somewhere other than down the f*cking drain … as usual.
Anyway, that’s Sic Willie’s “stimulus” deal.
Take the money – but agree to real reform.
Of course, we haven’t even gotten to the best part of the “Sic plan.”
If government refuses to change its ways, all $740 million of this controversial “stimulus” money would go directly to the taxpayers of South Carolina – a massive “one-time” tax rebate to the people who are ultimately on the hook for all this debt.
Bottom line, we’re never going to get the reform our state desperately needs unless we insist on it.
And if the agencies are unwilling to reform, they don’t get our money – we do.