Nikki Haley Vetoes Next-To-Nothing … Again

GOVERNOR PROPOSES CUTTING BARELY ONE-TENTH OF ONE PERCENT OF STATE BUDGET || By FITSNEWS || For the fifth year in a row, a governor elected on the strength of the Tea Party movement gave big government a big fat kiss on the lips … S.C. governor Nikki Haley broke out…


|| By FITSNEWS || For the fifth year in a row, a governor elected on the strength of the Tea Party movement gave big government a big fat kiss on the lips …

S.C. governor Nikki Haley broke out her veto pen this week, although once again there’s no danger of her running out of ink …

Haley vetoed a measly $30.2 million of the state’s secretly approved $26.5 billion budget.  For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 0.11 percent of state spending that Haley found objectionable.

Roughly one-tenth of one percent …

Unreal …

Amazingly, this year’s vetoes are actually bolder than last year’s suggested cuts.

In 2014, Haley vetoed a minuscule $18.5 million out of the state’s $25.1 billion budget – or 0.07 percent of the spending plan.  In fact she went so far as to join liberal “Republicans” 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.

The year before that Haley vetoed barely $100 million out of a $22.7 billion budget (.44 percent).

In 2012, Haley vetoed $60 million – or one quarter of one percent of a $23 billion budget.  Her most “aggressive” efforts to rein in spending took place during her first year in office, when she cut $213 million (or .96 percent) from a $22.1 billion spending plan.

So yeah … in five years during which time South Carolina spent $119.4 billion on government, Haley has only vetoed $421 million.

While South Carolina lawmakers will gather soon to address Haley’s vetoes, we’re going to spare you the suspense.

Seriously … there’s no point even debating what amounts to a rounding error.

What makes Haley’s anemic veto pen even more disappointing is it represents one of the few areas where she – an executive in a legislatively dominated state – has the potential to actually limit government growth.  For every spending item Haley crosses out, state lawmakers must muster a two-thirds majority in both the S.C. House and the State Senate.

Haley has shown no reticence when it comes to using her bully pulpit (albeit hypocritically) … so why isn’t she using it in support of real cuts to government?

Easy … she hasn’t proposed any.

You can’t hold lawmakers accountable for their failure to rein in excess government if you don’t think there’s any excess government there.

So yeah … remember this the next time Nikki Haley refers to herself as a “fiscal conservative.”


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Democrat tax hike failed! July 1, 2015 at 11:36 am

But yall did not get your gargantuan Democrat-backed gas tax. And that’s what really pisses you off, isn’t it?

guest July 1, 2015 at 11:58 am

Expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare is hurting Ohio financially.Kasich and legislature gonna make em start paying….Haley was smart NOT to expand Medicaid….

“Two years ago the issue of expanding Medicaid dominated budget discussions. Ultimately the state did expand the program, accepting federal support to cover extending coverage to Ohioans between 100 percent and 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

This year, the Medicaid debate focused on how to run the program. A House-backed plan in the budget requires the state to seek approval to create health savings accounts and charge premiums for all Ohioans on Medicaid.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Back-to-Back SCOTUS Champion July 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Barack Obama’s health care reform is here to stay!

guest July 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Till 2017.The ACA/Obamacare/SCOTUScare will be repealed.Nobody will even recall the name in 5 years.
In fairness pre- existing conditions and kids on children on parents insurance will survive.

Back-to-Back SCOTUS Champion July 1, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Republicans wouldn’t dare destroy health insurance for millions of people. Obamacare is the law! Republicans lose again!

Rocky July 1, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Pogo is just trying to go 3 for 3 on wrong predictions.

Rocky July 1, 2015 at 2:53 pm

I’ll be sure to copy this. When you are wrong *AGAIN* in 2017 we will still be laughing at you. Flip/pogo = WRONG!!!!! NO CREDIBILITY!!!!!

John Boy July 1, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Pogo sure has a lot of faith, but not many marbles.

Sic Semper Tyrannis July 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm

What does that have to do attacking the wrong country, twice ?

RogueElephant July 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm

You must be talking about Bosnia. Where Bill Clinton had US fighting on the side of Muslims against Christians. Never did figure that one out.

Sic Semper Tyrannis July 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm

That is a good point, never understood myself. I don’t think that cost billions though. I’m not affiliated with any party, was republican until Iraq.

RogueElephant July 1, 2015 at 3:41 pm

I can understand that feeling. Iraq was sold as part of the war on terror . With Sadam having all this WMD capability. I don’t think he ever did but wanted everyone to believe he did. Might have been a better salesman than he knew. The Republican party is a long way from perfect but I think the conservative wing is still viable. You need to come back home and help us.

euwe max July 1, 2015 at 9:16 pm

I think the conservative wing is still viable.
Bless your little pea pickin’ heart!

Sic Semper Tyrannis July 1, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Can’t say I’m ready yet, but thanks. I still have a feeling they are wanting another war.

RogueElephant July 2, 2015 at 8:14 am

After the disaster of the last six and a half years we might wind up with a war right here. Obummer has everyone at each other’s throat. Hopefully we get a Reaganesque POTUS that can bring US back together as Americans.

Sic Semper Tyrannis July 2, 2015 at 9:17 am

Agreed, I don’t care who it is, I may vote Richard Petty !

Nikki Haley July 1, 2015 at 12:29 pm

I’m the one who suggested hiking taxes. We really need to raise taxes Pogo. I thought you were with me on this.

Mark July 1, 2015 at 11:48 am

From Haley’s view, most people don’t know what a veto is, so why try to make points on it? It pisses off people in those areas of the veto and you get few friends for taking the risk.

She is done with SC. She is running for higher stuff now. She and Lindsey are both looking at VP slots or cabinet or ambassadorial posts so they could care less about little ole us.

Victorious Secret July 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm

“Couldn’t” care less.

There, I fixed it for you.

SCBlues July 1, 2015 at 11:51 am

“Nothing from nothing leaves nothing – gotta have something, baby . . . .”

Sic Semper Tyrannis July 1, 2015 at 11:53 am

It will good on her resume, when she leaves. Sign now, please !

guest July 1, 2015 at 11:54 am

Gov. Haley vetoes 87 SC budget items tallying $30 million

ABC NEWS 4? – 22 hours ago

Nikki Haley has vetoed 87 items worth about $30 million from the Legislature’s budget …
John Kasich strikes 44 items with line-item veto, signs $130.3-billion state budget – 14 hours ago

Gov. John Kasich signs the 2016-2017 state budget into law Tuesday during a ceremony in …

Hmmm…appears to me Haley really is a fiscal conservative….

Less Than 1% July 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Cutting less than 1%.

Raising our taxes by more than 1%.

Haley is a socialist just like her little supporter here.

guest July 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Kasich’s job performance wins a thumbs up from 55 percent of Ohio voters, while 30 percent disapprove, a Quinnipiac Poll shows.

Haley won nearly 56 percent of the vote in 2014

TRUE fiscal conservatives.The people have spoken.

New nickname for TRUE fiscal conservatives, Kasich and Haley:

The ‘VETO BRO”S’ and their motto is “WE WILL SLASH IN A FLASH”!

KasichCare July 1, 2015 at 2:18 pm

I guess accepting Medicaid expansion didn’t hurt Ohio after all. Praise be to KasichCare!

Nikki Haley July 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Pogo, remember to tell these people that my tax hike is not liberal. Paying more and more taxes is TRUE fiscal conservatism!

ted July 1, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Will, you must have been desperate.

shifty henry July 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Not so difficult to figure out. They both had agendas at that time, so they were simply pumping each other for information.

flippy pogo July 1, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Hurray, my liberal goddess Haley is still spending tons of taxpayer money! Please raise our taxes, my allah! LMAO!!! LMAO!!!

Sybil July 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm

It has been my experience those lawmakers seem to muster that 2/3rd majority to over ride any veto she makes.

willblogformoney July 1, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Will conveniently leaves that part out.

Dan Ruck July 1, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Ha! Ha! Ha!

RogueElephant July 2, 2015 at 8:20 am

Four of the bills she vetoed concern Clemson Extension. They need to be over ridden. Don’t criticize farmers with your mouth full. I guess there weren’t enough farmers voted for her.

Robert Hughes July 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Next to Nothing P.C B—h


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