NIKKI HALEY’S PORT HYPOCRISY IS ASTOUNDING
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley didn’t just drop the ball when it came to this year’s budget vetoes, she was (surprise, surprise) a total hypocrite about it.
Not only did Haley veto a meager $60-70 million out of a $23 billion budget (one quarter of one percent of the state’s spending plan), but she had the audacity to lecture lawmakers over their decision to cut funding for the Joint Project Office (JPO), which is a bi-state partnership that’s supposed to be advancing the development of a deep water port in Jasper County, S.C.
Haley vetoed a pair of budget provisos aimed at curtailing the JPO’s ability to expend tax dollars and dared lawmakers to override her, saying that they would be voting “against the Jasper Ocean Terminal” if they did so.
“All of our ports are valuable assets that we must support,” Haley said.
Pardon our french, but is this bitch on crack?
Let’s rewind the tape, shall we?
Under the terms of the “Savannah River Sellout” negotiated by Haley’s appointees to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), the state of Georgia will be dumping toxic sludge on the Jasper port site for the next fifty years while taxpayers subsidize the expansion of the Port of Savannah – all so that Haley could pocket some campaign cash and (we suspect) a prime time speaking slot at September’s GOP convention.
And now she’s going to lecture people about voting against the Jasper Port? Unreal …
Lawmakers took this action so that South Carolina taxpayers wouldn’t be forced to subsidized Georgia’s port expansion plans any more than they already are. Accordingly, voting to override Haley on these two measures isn’t voting against Jasper – it’s voting against Georgia.
Big difference …
Given the body blow that Haley took from lawmakers and the press in the wake of her “Savannah River Sellout,” we’re shocked that she was stupid enough to pick another fight on this issue. Having said that, we encourage lawmakers to override her with the same unanimity that they displayed in rebuking her sellout in the first place.