South Carolina legislators learned nothing in 2006
re "GENERAL ASSEMBLY WRAPS UP AMID SPENDING QUESTIONS" (Charlotte Observer, 7/1/07)
To the Editor:
The behavior of the South Carolina General Assembly in the 2007 session is a microcosm of the Republican-controlled federal Congress’ behavior in 2005 and 2006. Saying that they spent like drunk sailors, or even like Democrats, is an insult to drunk sailors and Democrats. And when it comes to spending, that’s no easy feat.
Overspending is not justifiable simply because the state is flush with tax revenue coming from the current economic boom. All good things, especially economic expansions, must come to an end, and it is incumbent upon incumbents to protect citizens from the damage that a bloated government does to taxpayers when tax revenues diminish. Between funding a “rainy day fund” and keeping government lean and mean, a responsible legislature should not behave as if times will always be as good as they are now.
The Republicans in Congress certainly deserved the 2006 election results. It’s too bad the South Carolina GOP legislators apparently learned nothing from that disaster. Paraphrasing Robert Novak, if Republicans don’t cut taxes and spending, there’s simply no reason to have them. Now it seems the country has yet another Republican legislature that might as well be Democratic.
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