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S.C. Rep. Nathan Ballentine – who has the largest head of any member of the S.C. General Assembly (and trust us, that’s saying something) – is touting his own “sacrifice” this week on behalf of his constituents and South Carolina taxpayers.

“Being stewards of YOUR tax dollars is the biggest responsibility we have in the General Assembly,” Ballentine wrote on his website. “The budget (and vetoes) are very important and that’s why I’ve written many posts about these matters over the years on my website. In fact, the budget is so important, I left Karen and the kids in Florida this morning so I could get back here to cast votes tomorrow.”

What a hero, right?

Not really …

First, Ballentine’s B.F.F. – S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – issued a measly $100 million in vetoes out of a $22.7 billion budget. That’s less than one half of one percent, people … the third year in a row she’s failed to cut government spending by even one percent.

So spare us the whole “steward of YOUR tax dollars” crap …

Second, when it comes to showing up for work Ballentine is probably the last person in the S.C. General Assembly who ought to be boasting. He’s got one of the worst attendance records in the entire legislative branch – frequently skipping out on sessions of the S.C. House of Representatives to go do whatever it is he does (stare in the mirror self-consciously at his over-sized knoggin’, probably).

Anyway, Ballentine needs to check himself on this whole “look at me, the martyr” shtick.

Maybe if he had bothered to show up for work a little bit more over the last six months the state budget wouldn’t have been such a monstrosity in the first place …

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