… WHY AREN’T “REPUBLICANS” IN SOUTH CAROLINA?
|| By FITSNEWS || You may have heard South Carolina was the most “Republican” state in America. Or that its Upstate region was most “conservative” part of the state. Or that its governor, Nikki Haley, was a Tea Partier.
If all that’s true, then why is Haley joining a group of “Republican” Upstate leaders in permitting a liberal front group to resettle dozens of foreign nationals in Spartanburg, S.C. at the expense of taxpayers (both now and in the years to come)?
Yeah. Ever since we first exposed this scam we’ve been asking ourselves the same question …
We’re not the only ones either. Michelle Wiles – an Upstate conservative activist – has filed a cease and desist order against the resettlement, which falls under the auspices of Haley’s scandal-scarred Department of Social Services (SCDSS) and the U.S. State Department.
Of course with virtually the entire Palmetto political establishment working against her (with the notable exception of U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy), Wiles is facing an uphill battle.
Meanwhile in Georgia, local elected officials are actually doing their job and standing up for the best interests of local residents.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nancy Denson – the Democratic mayor of Athens, Georgia – sent a letter to state officials last month putting the brakes on a similar resettlement program in her city because the group organizing the effort “did not reach out to enough people in her community early enough about its plans.”
Sound familiar? It should …
Denson also indicated the new refugees “will add a burden to local charitable and other public resources, including safety net services” and “may also place an inordinate service burden on the school district due to limited English proficiency by the students and their parents.”
Really? Limited English proficiency imposing a burden on taxpayers? That should also sound familiar to South Carolinians …
The proposed Palmetto State resettlements recently attracted the attention of WND reporter Leo Hohmann – who filed an extensive report just prior to the Labor Day holiday on Wiles’ cease and desist letter.
From Hohmann’s piece …
… when the taxpayers wants accountability, there is none, Wiles said. She found that most politicians, from the federal level on down to the local council, presume they have no power to stop the flow of refugees. Many can’t even answer basic questions about the program.
The South Carolina activists were able to get a proviso inserted into the 2015 state budget that gives local councils veto power over funding for refugees in their communities. But the Spartanburg County Council has refused to use that power.
Wait … so this whole program could be stopped in its tracks by an affirmative vote of one of the most “conservative” county councils in the state?
Yet it’s not?
As we’ve said from the beginning of this story, we explicitly reject the use of federal tax dollars – routed through liberal foundations – to impose long-term obligations on South Carolina taxpayers. If faith-based organizations wish to host legal immigrants on their own dime, that’s great – but their activities cannot be subsidized by government revenue. Nor can they be permitted to impose affirmative new obligations on already over-taxed citizens.
“Faith-based compassion is a wonderful thing, but just as one’s religious beliefs shouldn’t be imposed on another without consent … neither should taxpayer obligations based on those beliefs,” we wrote recently.
Democrats in Georgia clearly have the stones to stand up to nonsense like this … why don’t “Republicans” in South Carolina?