"Republican" Budget Writer Writing Off GOP Lawmakers

BRIAN WHITE LOOKS TO PASS A LIBERAL SPENDING PLAN OVER HIS OWN PARTY’S OBJECTIONS Last month we published a column entitled “Liberal SC ‘Republicans’ Ready To Screw Taxpayers … Again.”  Because we’re subtle like that when it comes to commenting on state budgetary matters. Anyway, the gist of our post…


Last month we published a column entitled “Liberal SC ‘Republicans’ Ready To Screw Taxpayers … Again.”  Because we’re subtle like that when it comes to commenting on state budgetary matters.

Anyway, the gist of our post was that top “Republican” budget writer Brian White – a fiscally liberal, ethically challenged politician from Anderson County, S.C. – was preparing to move forward with yet another status quo budget.  In other words, he’s busy drafting a spending plan that – for the seventh straight year – appears poised to blow roughly $1 billion in new money on the same failed “grow government, not the economy” modus operandi.

And given the failure of such “Republican” strategery decades past (and present) … we weren’t happy about that.

“Despite a rocky economy – and real risks looming ahead – White appears sublime when it comes to blowing every penny of the $1.2 billion in incoming revenue on more government,” we wrote.

Not only that, White supports raising the gasoline tax … and wants to pass a huge new borrowing bill that will dramatically raise the state’s bonded indebtedness.

It’s precisely the sort of tax-and-spend (and borrow-and-spend) nonsense that has the Palmetto State in its current economic/ education/ infrastructure hole … yet rather than pass measures aimed at reversing these sad trends, White wants to double down on failure.

Of course this is an election year – and many GOP lawmakers are rediscovering their long-lost fiscal conservatism.  Meanwhile others – like S.C. Rep. Tommy Pope – are eying higher office and don’t want to be seen as making a misstep on a critical vote.

So … what’s a tax-and-spend liberal “Republican” to do?

Easy … screw his own party, and pick up the votes he needs to pass a status quo budget from the “other” side of the aisle.

A variation of this dynamic takes place almost every year at the S.C. State House – but this year White is reportedly hoping to pass a budget with the bare minimum of GOP support.

He’s also relying on the increasingly left-leaning bent of former Tea Party governor Nikki Haley – whose recent big government education plan included millions of dollars in new spending and borrowing.

The S.C. House of Representatives is currently comprised of 124 members – of which 78 are “Republicans” and 46 are Democrats.

In order for White to pass his liberal budget, he will need all forty-six Democrats and seventeen “Republicans” (including himself).

How will he peel away those votes?  Easy … by spending your tax dollars.

“He’s going to buy them in the budget,” one GOP lawmaker told us, citing White’s power of the purse strings.

Basically, the insinuation is that White will use the appropriations process – specifically pork barrel projects routed to specific districts – as a way or rewarding lawmakers who vote with him to pass the budget.  Assuming his plan passes, he will rely on similar efforts by fiscally liberal Senate leader Hugh Leatherman – and of course the barely-used veto pen of Haley.

Another lawmaker added that White will target retiring liberal lawmakers – like outgoing S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse – who no longer have to worry about facing the voters.

Can White reach his magic number?  Can he succeed in passing a budget that a majority of the members of his own party overwhelmingly oppose?

Let’s hope not … but if history is any indication, it’s not going to be as difficult as it looks.


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Bible Thumper February 8, 2016 at 11:05 am

Why link the out of date article on the labor participation rate and not this more recent one with good SC economic news?

Flip February 8, 2016 at 11:06 am

“with good SC economic news”

I think you answered your own question.

Rocky Verdad February 8, 2016 at 11:06 am

Well that doesn’t fit the narrative.

Flip February 8, 2016 at 11:36 am

Policies that now pay some 7 million men between the ages of 25 and 54 to neither work nor look for work — for example, expanded access to food-stamp programs, easy access to Social Security disability benefits and Medicaid for able-bodied men who refuse to work….

That is the REAL economic news and Obama economy.

Rocky Verdad February 8, 2016 at 11:44 am

Here’s an interesting set of numbers.

From 2001 through 2008 each year, the percentage change in people obtaining disability income via SS increased about 5% a year. (4.96% to be exact).

2009 forward – that has been 2.6%, and in fact, 2013 – 2015 the average was 0.31%. A much smaller increase.

In fact, the rate at which benefits were terminated – was a meger 2.66% 2001 through 2008, yet under the current Administration that figure has been 5.5%. Meaning, under the current Administration growth of people on SS disabilty has slowed and the percentage of people on SS disability terminating those payments has increased – making your assertion – wrong!!!! Again!!!!!

Facts suck eh?

Flip February 8, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Facts? You whiny bitch-you ain’t told the truth about who or what you are since you started posting on Fits.

Flip February 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm

You are the one stuck in your bubble. The few times you leave you have to take your epipen in case someone exposes you to the truth. LMAO!!!

Rocky Verdad February 8, 2016 at 1:28 pm

Yes I have. And the above are facts, directly from the SS Administration. Go argue with them. Sorry Charlie!!!!

Middling February 11, 2016 at 4:25 pm

“Facts suck eh?” If the facts don’t cum from Faux, or Breitbart, they ain’t facts, thems are liars, just like the liberal media [sarc]

Rocky Verdad February 8, 2016 at 11:06 am

Who cares. Let’s have another Rubio hit piece. They’re entertaining.

Bible Thumper February 8, 2016 at 11:08 am

Let’s ask Brian White if he ever attended a Foam party.

Foaming at the mouth February 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm

Look at that hairline, doesn’t he know that Rubio joined the hair club for men?

mamatiger92 February 8, 2016 at 11:18 am

Rumor has it that Rubio is a huge Nickelback fan.

Rocky Verdad February 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

I heard it was Nickle Bag fan.

Flip February 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Woah woah woah, I wouldn’t call my worst enemy a Nickelback fan… That’s too far!

Stewart February 8, 2016 at 7:28 pm

I see your Nickelback and raise you a “Winger”.

TroubleBaby February 8, 2016 at 11:50 am

Rubio is the Fembot: Mark 2- with stealth boot technology:

Former Employee February 8, 2016 at 11:07 am

Rep. Brian White is an arrogant, egotistical, ego driven ass hole. I think Fits is correct about his liberalism and ethics short comings also.

Flip February 8, 2016 at 11:09 am

Damn it I keep getting redirected to other pages out of the blue, what the hell is going on with this site?

stumpknocker February 8, 2016 at 11:18 am

so you want somebody to write a war and peace size book?

Rocky Verdad February 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm

It’s a Hacker – he’s after Flip Tango Pogo – everyone hide. Ahhhhhhh!!!!

shifty henry February 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Did this happen while you were typing your post? This happened to me three times yesterday — pissed me royally off (see my other complaint on this)…..

Flip February 8, 2016 at 1:13 pm

In the middle of typing, but it did it while I was just reading a comment too so I don’t think it is just that…

shifty henry February 8, 2016 at 1:16 pm

ok, it did that to me too just a few minutes ago while I was reading some posts ….

Herman W. "Buz" Martin February 9, 2016 at 11:53 am

Probably a Disqus issue. It is often unstable. “Real” Flip/pogo’s and Terry Ward’s sockpuppet troll IDs, cumulatively, have driven it stark raving mad.

EDITED IN: I hit “Save Edit” on the message above, and it did save it — but took me to another FITS post altogether.

Lone Ranger February 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm

That’s right—you all-day suckers who keep re-electing Grahamnesty and I-Lie-To-Conservatives-Joe Wilson to rip down patriots’ flag and give victory to FELLOW Dims

Can all gather at the Columbia rail station when that long Tea Train comes by and we’ll be glad to hang you AND the payday-grubbing legislators up on limbs

And if you doubt what we say then not so incidentally and by the way…don’t look now but RINO John Boehner is still drunk and looking for his head

RINO McConnell—like the National GOP staff—needs a dry cleaner for his pants—and we can ASSURE you flag-ripping legislators—you ARE the walking dead !!!

Herman W. "Buz" Martin February 9, 2016 at 11:51 am

One of the greatest generals and statesmen ever, Robert E. Lee, expressly stated that the rebel flag should be furled forever, and never unfurled. Neo-confederate nutcases ignore that, as though he never said it. Calling it a “patriots’ flag” merely displays your obsessive and aggressive ignorance. I honor the service of my own ancestors to the CSA cause, in which they fervently believed. They fought, more than anything else, to protect home and family. That is to be admired and respected. You have made the obsolete banner of a failed cause into your god. Too bad there are many who hold your views who have far too much power in SC.

Lone Ranger February 9, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Buz was upset that power rests in the people–that Southern heritage is real–he called those nutcases who didn’t agree with him
But when that Tea Train nominated President Trump and UNelected SC flag-ripping legislators…Buz was yep–way out on a limb !!!

Herman W. "Buz" Martin February 9, 2016 at 3:07 pm

You think that big-mouth Dutch Yankee gives a rip about your precious flag? HAH! He WILL say anything to get your vote, though.

Yes, “Southern Culture” is real. It has many facets it has many colors, it has many faces. Many of my own ancestors fought bravely for the Confederacy in the Civil War. In a later era, their children and grandchildren were forced to go to sub-standard “colored” schools such as Pine Level Elementary School in the Dimery Indian Settlement, Dog Bluff section of Conway SC.

Members of my paternal family lines moved to NC over this issue, since the “colored” designation in the Jim Crow era would proscribe the earning capacity of their children. They were not “colored”, they were mixed Indian and “white.” But it had been decreed that there were no Indians left that were not on reservations, so officially they were designated as colored.

Soon after, that school and others like it were accepted back into the category of “white” schools. Relatives who stayed behind were increasingly pressured to assimilate into the dominant culture. They did this by marrying the whitest people they could find, and, in some cases, by joining the KKK.

On a visit to one of those cousins’ house, he was invited to join, too. My father said, “Listen here. I just got back from fighting in North Africa and Europe under Patton. I saw the camps. I hate the damned nazis. And I’ll be damned if I’ll join up with people just like ’em back home.”

My father was not real fond of black people, truth be told. But I remember when the Lumbee ran the klan out of Robison County. He was jubilant over that. The spirit that he represents is a strong defiant part of Southern Culture that values doing the right thing, and not going along to get along with crazy racists like you.

Lone Ranger February 9, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Buz was an intelligent and studied man who reflected deeply
on his ancestry and past

He made salient points about the diversity of Southern
culture—stood before life’s mast

And said I’ll tell my story—for it’s uniquely mine—and I’ll
cling to what I deeply believe

But it was when he kept throwing the race and victim card
that Buz began to deceive

He found many PC sycophants who were willing as he to paint with a very broad brush

They were fellow travelers down at the Section 8 office and
it gave them quite a rush

To live in a house where the rent was monthly paid by
working folk—especially whites

And when Obama-Dims–OTHER RINOs funded Obamacare—Buz said it’s only right

To take from those who’ve earned medical care and give it to those who have NOT

And sure it’s a calloused and Godless socialist position…the
only one we’ve got

Soon Buz believed that Godless socialism was justice and in
the end it wasn’t funny

Buz had deceived himself into thinking he’d not run out of
OTHER peoples’ money !!!

Bert Darell February 10, 2016 at 9:25 am

Buz, sorry, you are not like your old ancestors you claim to be proud of. Just wait a few days, then a few months, and you will see who free SC voters choose. As always, the proof will be in the pudding. You may not like the taste of it.

Herman W. "Buz" Martin February 13, 2016 at 12:18 pm

Those who will vote for Trump only think they are free. They are prisoners of their own fear and bigotry.

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