Nikki Haley’s Embarrassingly Anemic Vetoes

THIS IS FISCAL CONSERVATISM? S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley issued the final budget vetoes of her first term in office this week … and as far as South Carolina taxpayers are concerned, she saved the worst for last. Haley vetoed a minuscule $18.5 million out of the state’s $25.1 billion budget….


S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley issued the final budget vetoes of her first term in office this week … and as far as South Carolina taxpayers are concerned, she saved the worst for last.

Haley vetoed a minuscule $18.5 million out of the state’s $25.1 billion budget. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 0.07 percent of the state’s total spending plan . Assuming you don’t count the $1.5 billion South Carolina doles out on food stamps (and state lawmakers don’t), Haley’s anemic vetoes still add up to less than one tenth of one percent  of the state budget.

Astounding …

That’s not fiscal conservatism, people. That’s rubber-stamping all manner of waste, inefficiency, duplication and unnecessary government.

Sadly, though, it’s what Palmetto taxpayers have come to expect from this governor … although this year she did manage to outdo her own veto anemia.

Last year Haley vetoed barely $100 million out of a $22.7 billion budget (.44 percent). She even went so far as to join “Republicans in Name Only” in the South Carolina Senate in approving a $26 million appropriation for U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature education initiative – an expansion of the state’s failed government-run early childhood education programs.

In 2012 she vetoed $60 million – or one quarter of one percent of a $23 billion budget.

The high water mark for Haley’s veto pen? Her first year in office, when she cut $213 million (.96 percent) from a $22.1 billion spending plan.

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Steve French – who will be on the general election ballot in November – mocked Haley.

“The great fiscal conservative (Nikki Haley) vetoes $18.5 million of a staggering $25 billion dollar budget,” French tweeted. “What a joke.”

Indeed … unfortunately the joke is on all of us (FITS included) who believed the habitually dishonest Haley would remain true to her 2010 campaign promises about limiting the growth of government.

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Callmejane June 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Did she veto the First Steps reauthorization?

guest June 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

She said the LAC has not seen any productivity out of First Steps in ten years FIrst Steps has not made major changes since the LAC audit and they are not seeing reporting from First Steps that they need to. She said they “will not stop THIS year.”

Ned June 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

All she does is raise money and take credit for any and all jobs the happen in SC. that is kinda sick if you think about .it.

southmauldin June 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Is her kid working at the State House gift shop or wherever the hell she was working. I give credit to Nookie – she got 75% of her family state jobs. I’m surprised she’s not taking credit for that.

mark June 12, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Will her daughter be winning another pageant this year? Kind of like how Nikki “won” the primary?

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Have you seen a pic ?

group June 12, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Damn PERVERT. I am reporting you.

Mike at the Beach June 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm

To whom?! The FITS News Posters Propriety Police? Now THAT’s a busy office…

SCBlues June 13, 2014 at 12:54 am

FNPPP – I like it! Wonder if they’ll let me be a member?

Mike at the Beach June 13, 2014 at 1:13 am

Propriety? You? Uh, I mean, sure…yeah. ;-)

SCBlues June 13, 2014 at 7:51 am

I anticipated that response! LOL

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Ned, I bet you voted for her. I mean a ” R ” is a R, we know a D won’t work in SC. You have no right, along with shit loads of SC residents to say anything about your governor. EAT IT.

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

That is true, but you are not on point in a way. She actually uses the state for a stepping stone for a advance. She would fuck Jesus for a political gain. Bet me ? Christians will vote for that, LOL.

Sandi Morals June 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Nice comment. FITS attends the Amelia Island lets fuck the Tea Party with Cantor and the gang and look who got fucked! LMAO!!!!
As I recall from reports FITS posted a picture of some dude dressed up with a flag that got arrested or removed from the property that the RINO/FITS/Obama supporters were partying at?

SCBlues June 13, 2014 at 12:56 am

Someone could use some good counseling and some better meds . . .and not necessarily in that order . . . just saying.

Andy June 13, 2014 at 7:22 am

What chaps my butt is the $12,000 pay raise the Gen. Asses. gave themselvess.
This automaticly DOUBLES their retirement immediately, which they can draw and continue to serve and draw their salaries!!
Where else does an expense account count toward retirement? NO WHERE!
He who makes the rules wins!
Haley, Harrell and many others use the campaign money they raise as supplemental income too!
They know the salary when they file and run for office. If they feel the salary is too little, let them get a real job and work like the rest of us.

a face in the crowd June 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm

The truth is that she simply does not have the knowledge to know what to veto. It is an election year and she wants to make sure not to reduce funds for anyone — except, of course, for the children’s museum in Greenville. That would be intolerable funding.

GreenvilleGirl June 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

I think there are a lot of Greenville voters who will remember Haley vetoing these funds. Fund Obama’s education initiative (grade: F) but don’t fund an educational museum (grade: A) which has proven to be an asset to children and school groups in the upstate. The children(and adults) learn so much from the children’s museum, and it’s not like”learning” — it’s fun!

Shame on you, Gov. Haley………I’ll remember when November rolls around.

a face in the crowd June 12, 2014 at 2:47 pm

There may be an override.

Squishy123 June 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Why bother vetoing anything at all? The legislature is going to waste time overriding them anyway. Will must think the governor actually has power in this state.

Your New Neighbors June 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm

It’s really sad that you seem to always be taking cheap shots at Gov. Haley. It seems she can’t do enough to please you. How do you know what she should veto? Have you ever been elected Governor?

You seem like such a nice young man, but to hold such vitriol and antipathy for the Governor of SC is terribly unbecoming a gentleman of influence such as yourself.

For the sake of your wife and chidren you should do better. They seem very nice.

CorruptionInColumbia June 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Some of us have the good sense to know that we would not be able to do a good job in a given position. Others, like Haley, either lack that realization or don’t care and not only run and have one abysmal term, they seek additional terms, probably solely for the purpose of self enrichment from a financial standpoint, the state and the people be damned.

Bible Thumper June 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm

But we do have the good sense to criticize and judge motives, anonymously. Just wanted to make that clear.

WW June 12, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Affirmative my friend!
Thumbs up!

FeelmySarcasm? June 12, 2014 at 2:47 pm

I am just aghast at this oversight. You would think a part time bookeeper of a clothing store would be able to itiemzise spreadsheets of budget items and prioritize what needed vetoing, right? It’s a great day for SC, right?

Sandi Morals June 12, 2014 at 10:42 pm

You would think ‘traitor’ tommy and the old, ugly, faux Christian bitch would be smart enough at their age to prioritize and itemize and budget items so their kids/grandkids have something after ‘traitor’ tommy spends all this money for about 2% of the electorate to apparently tell him he has a purpose in life.
After all, ‘traitor’ tommy feeling he is worth something is what this debacle is all about, isn’t? My God, how many political campaigns can this joke lose?

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Boy, we better re-elect that ” R ” asap.. Hell, a Dem may get in there !!!

GrandTango June 12, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Obama is a democrat. Look at how he F*#ked up the country..Now he’s let Iraq go back to a Terrorist incubator…

You stupid son of a B!tc#e$ won’t get the White House for 30 years at the rate Obama and Hillary are going…it’ll be Kingdom Come before South Carolinians would elect your stupid @$$ again…

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

You are that GD stupid. Don’t leave SC.

Lindsey ???? June 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm

I know you’re upset, Babydoll

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Thanks for the Hillary info. Pubs may NEVER be elected again. Well only inSC.

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm

we thank you for that STUPID ONE

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

sweet dreams for Linsey tonight

Sandi Morals June 12, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Yes he did.Obama is a muslim and a radical like his Marxist father was.
He is enjoying seeing America’s decline and the terrorists gain control in the middle east.
It will make it easier for Obama to give Iran the green light to incinerate Israel.
Obama has refused to help Iraq and Iran is going to do such.
Obama hates America.

Tony Bourdain June 12, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Damn! Which wine were you pairing with that meal? Mad Dog 20/20?

SCBlues June 13, 2014 at 12:57 am

Drank the MD20/20 without eating anything – will get you every time.

euwe max June 13, 2014 at 8:17 am

It’s the only way I’ve found to keep warm in this damp culvert.

LD June 13, 2014 at 7:18 am

Radical Muslim, Radical Christian– what’s the difference? The people of Iraq are Sunni, Shiites and Kurds first. They were surviving until W screwed that up over a personal vendetta with Saddam. They are not “patriots” of Iraq, their ideology separates them, they would prefer dividing up into three separate countries. Since you are the expert and willing to send our young people to die fighting a cause that has been going on for a thousand years– what would you do? If Obama does nothing he is wrong, if he does anything he is wrong. So WTF, go back to your internet porn and enjoy the rest of the day.

GrandTango June 13, 2014 at 7:44 am

Let me help….Radical Christians save lives, feed people and make the world a more civil, and a better place. Radical Muslim decapitates, kills little girls for going to school, hates women, and imprisons children for not thinking like them.

I just WISH THE H#!! I could talk you into going to Iran, and call the government Radical Muslim, as an insult (though you’d never insult the D*#k you suck)….

But I swear I’d pay you to go over there and insult them, like you HATE Christians…And forgive me: But I’d LMAO as I watched the total IGNORANCE on your face, when they figured out what your Stupid Leftwing @$$ said to them…

You’d find God REAL Quick…probably before that sickle took your head off…

LD June 13, 2014 at 9:21 am

GT– Radical Christians kill people too. Rational Christians “save lives, feed people and make the world a more civil and a better place.” Extremists on either side are dangerous. I don’t have Christians, I am a Christian– just one that is capable of thinking and apparently not as violent as some (you).

GrandTango June 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm

You’re an Idiot…fooled by pop culture, dangerous LIARS…who lead you to ignorance…

euwe max June 13, 2014 at 8:18 am

Are you speaking ex cathedra here?

Can I take that to the bank?

WW June 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm

They are twins separated at birth!
Both have been a total disaster! It was a horrible mistake giving Obama a second term, let’s not make the same mistake with Ohaley!!
Wake up America/South Carolina!

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Agree hip

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Haley is a waste of human flesh,

GrandTango June 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Wow…I thought you cretins called Republicans out for a War On Women…

Hypocrite much?

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Haley is not a woman, faggot boy

Sandi Morals June 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Are you Tom Ervin’s campaign director? My understanding is that before ‘traitor’ tommy and the ugly old Democrat Party supporting bitch became faux Christians to try and get ‘traitor’ tommy elected to a political office (SOB has failed in every campaign he has ever run despite how much money he loans his campaign or gives to the political party he belongs to that DAY! :-) ) he …..never mind.
‘traitor’ tommy is a faux Christian just like you are a faux ex-Marine! We know!

Group June 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

You sure as fuck are: you called Hillary a hag.

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm

and ?

group June 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm


WW June 12, 2014 at 5:26 pm

I’m not sure she or Obama is human?
I’m wondering what they are?

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm

forgot about the Soilder hero and curry

School girl June 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I know, I know….raising hand, A TOTAL DISASTER and a JOKE!!

guest June 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm

You know Tom Davis voted for the budget, right?

Deo Vindice SC June 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm

The fun of SC politics. If your not a Nikki fan, then what ? I asked the Question ?

Bible Thumper June 12, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I think the 18.5 million should be returned to the voters. Lets see, only 15.92% of the electorate voted. That is 451,436 voters from.

$18,500,000 divided by 451,436
That’s a whopping $40.98 each.

Hip Hip Hooray June 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm

He’ll that would have been a supper at a cheap joint in Pawleys Island for Fits and the family ,provided they got the nightly special!

okay June 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

And the budget is still balanced. Oh my, what a RINO!

RogueElephant June 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm

This state had the chance to elect Andre’ Bauer Governor and chose not to. Suck it up for four more years.

SCBlues June 13, 2014 at 12:58 am

Oh my!

euwe max June 13, 2014 at 8:16 am

I’m all aflutter!

jimlewisowb June 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Yep, you are dead right

For the last four years we, the taxpayers, could have been sucking it off rather than sucking it up

Beartrkkr June 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm

And somewhere buried is plenty of these “true” fiscal conservative and Tea Baggers’ pet projects and spending provisos. Got to spread the bennies back in your district to stay in power. Prostitutes to the left of us and prostitutes to the right of us… Pick a side. Show me a politician that doesn’t whore themselves out to someone and I’ll show you a liar.

Sandi Morals June 12, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Tom Ervin!

WW June 12, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Spoken by a Ohaley hore with no credibility, honessty, or integrity in their soul, Sandi NO-Morals!

Tomocchio June 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Her ass is nicer than Carroll Campbell’s, but I hear Sanford had the best governor ass.

coolhandluke June 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Slick you keep this up, putting Haley down? She turned you down, didn’t she. You really did not get any of this beautiful Indian lady, did you. But, whatever you do/think, she has done a marvelous job in spite of her liberal opposition from all directions, including you. If she were not female (and one who perhaps snickered at your advances), we would not hear all this BS from your site almost daily. In case your have forgotten, this state was purposely organized/structured for the legislature to rule this state. And, sadly, it does. Think Harrell, among about 12 other RINOs, for example.

Pickens June 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

If the primary is any indication, voters are asleep, on cruise control, zoned out, and she’ll coast to re-election.

LD June 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Just curious- why are any of you Republicans? You vote for for lame issues like no taxes and personhood for fetuses while the Dems are voting for legalize pot and online gambling. Seems to me if heaven has no taxes and lots of kids and hell has pot smoking and gambling- well duh.

Bible Thumper June 13, 2014 at 12:13 am

Before Adams fall, after Christ return and in heaven, there are no bad trips.
Revelations 22:2 the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

I’m sure if you want gaming tables in your room they will be there. No losers, only winners
John 14:2-4: In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.”

LD June 13, 2014 at 7:05 am

Really!!! So this means you don’t want to go Vegas with me via Denver?

Bible Thumper June 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

I’d love to go. We might enjoy first the flora then then the fauna a bit differently.

LD June 13, 2014 at 9:59 am

that’s good.

james baddison June 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm

She did manage to veto the attempt by legislators to control the state retirement commission from giving themselves raises. — yeah the head guy there gets paid 300k base, 300k bonus for a horrible return on investment and feed up the ass. even the admins get 50k bonuses. Its a great day in sc

Thomas June 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

Shoot, the SC Governor was restricted to (1) four term until 1980. The SC Governor did not even submit a budget until 1993. Gov Haley learned to work with the General Assembly such as she can. Regardless, a second term for Haley without any mandate or referendum will be more of the same. Hodges won based on the Education Lottery…the 2018 race for Governor will entail casino gambling. Leatherman will not make it to 2018 and the Lt Gov will be chosen by the Governor. So, really, Haley is just filling in till 2018. She won’t make any waves since her acquittal by Ethics. On a national level, that Marchant divorce connection shot down her star.

Slartibartfast June 15, 2014 at 1:59 am

Democrat governors appoint Democrat senators. Things happen, people die. Three good reasons to never vote for a Democrat.

Thomas June 15, 2014 at 2:26 am

The problem in SC is that Democrats co-opted the Republican Party in SC when the winds changed after the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Reagan’s dominance in the 1980’s changed the national stage back to Republicans. Many “Democrat loyalties” in SC switched to Republican so as to keep control over “their” government.


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