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More On SC Dems “Big Lie”

VICTIMS OF THE NINETY-SIX TUBERCULOSIS OUTBREAK KNOW WHO TO BLAME Last week we published a piece entitled “SC Democrats Big Lie.” This story chronicled the ongoing – and 100 percent dishonest – efforts by the Palmetto State’s perpetual minority party to pin the mishandling of a March 2013 tuberculosis outbreak…

VICTIMS OF THE NINETY-SIX TUBERCULOSIS OUTBREAK KNOW WHO TO BLAME

Last week we published a piece entitled “SC Democrats Big Lie.” This story chronicled the ongoing – and 100 percent dishonest – efforts by the Palmetto State’s perpetual minority party to pin the mishandling of a March 2013 tuberculosis outbreak in Ninety Six, S.C. on Gov. Nikki Haley.

Missed our report? Click here … 

This story was a bit out of the ordinary for FITS in that it took a position defending Haley’s administration … something we almost never do (because there’s almost never a good reason to do it). But this is one of those exceedingly rare instances in which the truth is on Haley’s side … and we felt compelled to point it out.

Anyway this departure from the norm caused some to question our reporting … including several commenters who insisted we had things completely backward.

We get it …

Democratic elected officials like S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen and Rep. James Smith have been peddling their fictitious version of the Ninety Six tuberculosis saga for months – seeking to drain every last bit of political capital from it.

That fact isn’t lost on the people of Ninety Six.

“It appears your zeal has a bit too much political motivation attached to it as you continue to raise questions,” The (Greenwood, S.C.) Index-Journal noted last August in sizing up the Democratic spin machine.

“The public would like to get some answers, too,” the editorial added, “but as we said before, it would be nice if this sad situation that caused plenty of grief for a lot of families in Ninety Six could be less politicized. Seems some folks are spreading a sort of political form of TB these days.”

They still are … in fact the tuberculosis scandal has become one of the party’s most reliable talking points, trotted out ad nauseam to fill the void left by their candidates’ total lack of substantive statewide policy.

But let’s get back to the heart of the matter: Who is really to blame for the Ninety Six debacle?

As this website has exhaustively reported (herehereherehere, and here), culpability for this fiasco rests exclusively with Greenwood School District 52.  District officials ignored state law by failing to test an infected employee, then they actively engaged in a coverup after this employee infected dozens of children with the disease.

Of course Democrats are loathe to admit this because they are slaves to this state’s failed government-run school system. And admitting it would obviously deprive Sheheen (their gubernatorial candidate) of one of his badly needed rhetorical crutches.

Again, though, let’s turn to the people of Ninety Six: Who do they blame? Why not ask the parent in the video below, who (rightfully) rails on Dr. Michael Bryant – a school board member who is married to the nurse at Ninety Six Primary School (where the outbreak occurred).

Bryant, FITS readers will recall, is the guy who was informed of a “probable infectious disease” at the school on March 27 (several weeks before anybody appointed by Haley was notified of the outbreak).

Also consider the view of Amy Hilley, another Greenwood County parent who took Rep. Smith to task for criticizing Haley in the wake of last week’s State of the State address.

“I cannot … allow someone to make a comment as being factual; when it is very obvious they do not have a clue to what actually took place, in order to gain some higher political standing,” Hilley wrote to Smith. “I ask you, Representative Smith, did you personally assess each one of the talking points you made in response to Governor Haley’s State of the State Address, or did you rely on others to take care of it for you?”

Wow … and these are the people the Democrats claim to be standing up for?

Far from attacking Haley’s administration, Hilley singles out S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton for praise – saying it was only after Templeton’s involvement that the town “started to get the much needed attention it deserved.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) concurred – saying it was “very impressed” with the agency’s handling of the outbreak (after conducting a full audit). This report was posted on the S.C. General Assembly’s website and provided to all of the Democratic politicians who conducted hearings into the epidemic.

Like the people of Ninety Six, that report was ignored … and continues to be ignored.

Again, this website cannot stand Haley. Generally if her lips are moving, she’s lying (although occasionally she uses them for other purposes). But as we noted in our report last week “you can’t use lies to bring down a liar – especially given how much truth is available attesting to Haley’s failed leadership.”

Democrats are well within their right to continue spouting this fiction … but we would strongly advise them to insert a legitimate SCDHEC scandal into their repertoire of anti-Haley talking points.

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12 comments

None of it does... January 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm

It. Does. Not. Matter.

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a face in the crowd January 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Templeton: “DHEC screwed this up.”

Also, read the fourth paragraph of the news article below. If some cover-his-ass bureaucrat can get away with that kind of garbage in terminating someone who had served the state for decades, there is little hope for justice.

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20130619/ARTICLES/130619581#gsc.tab=0

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Smirks January 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

“We have to stop politicizing this by saying it is DHEC’s and Haley’s fault so we can go back to politicizing it as gubmint schools’ fault.”

-Howard Rich -Unidentified source

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Mr. Friendly January 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Look at the bag of guts on that fat one that couldn’t even answer the question.

Jesus, between eating and shitting how does he have time to do anything else?

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The Colonel January 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

If Hillary Clinton were in charge of the Greenwood District 52 School Board –

“With all due respect, the fact is we had forty sick students. Was it because of a sick janitor or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go hang out in the TB ward down at the hospital? What difference at this point does it make?” “It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent anyone form finding out how badly we screwed up.”

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Judith January 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Speaking of Democratic Party liars, Namby Pamby Rep. James Smith also told me that Jean Toal is an honest person who really has the best interest of South Carolina at heart. He believes the crap they feed him. He has got to go. When Toal loses, Smith is gone. Jackson will abandon him and he will lose his district.

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This just in. . . January 28, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Republicans Promise to Respond to State of Union with Grumpiest Faces Ever

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) — As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address tonight, congressional Republicans are promising to respond with what they call their grumpiest faces ever.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) confirmed that the G.O.P. have been practicing in front of mirrors for weeks in the hopes of creating just the right grouchy-face look for the TV cameras.

“Tonight, President Obama is going to lay out his vision for this country,” he said.

“We owe it to the American people to look like someone just pissed in our cornflakes.”

For some, the task of looking crabby “is just another day at the office,” said Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), widely viewed by his fellow-Republicans as the reigning sourpuss in Congress.

“It’s a gift I have,” he said. “It’s one of the perks of being a steaming cauldron of spite.”

Perhaps the most sustained performance of sulkiness will fall to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who will be seated behind the President and therefore will be on camera for the entire duration of the address.

“There’s a lot of pressure on me to look sullen for an entire hour, but I’m up to it,” he said. “It helps that I will be in the same room with so many people I despise.”

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shifty henry January 28, 2014 at 6:08 pm

— another classic, informative report…

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CorruptionInColumbia January 28, 2014 at 6:21 pm

“Perhaps the most sustained performance of sulkiness will fall to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who will be seated behind the President and therefore will be on camera for the entire duration of the address.”

Shouldn’t Boehner be under the podium in front of Obama, so he can take turns with Lindsey and John McCain in sucking off the Prez, as they do whenever he wants their support on some issue that stands to deprive the citizenry of more freedoms or money?

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Kabuki January 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Shhhh…the plane is pretend they all dislike each other. It gives the people a reason to vote.

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IVEBEENHACKED January 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Yeah right you will support Haley liar..and Haley is to blame….so you can stop now the Kochs have give you enough money.

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west_rhino January 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

All of the TB that has travelled, si senor, across the Rio Grande, maybe is part of the blame to Senor Senator Grahamnesty, non?

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