Skip to comments.Gov. Sanford offers the only rebuke to reckless big government ideology
Posted on 03/13/2009 6:08:48 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
In last week's Best of Charleston issue, City Paper readers picked Gov. Mark Sanford as our "Best Conservative" and rightfully so.
"Facing budget deficits and high unemployment, Sanford has opposed the state legislature's pet projects and the White House's economic stimulus," the write-up read. "The controversial governor's logic may not be practical, but it is conservative." In these tough economic times, accusing conservatives like Sanford of not being "practical" for opposing massive spending has been a common liberal theme.
During a press conference last week, President Barack Obama was asked about the plummeting stock market, the rapidity of which many believe has been caused by anxiety over the president's spending plans. According to the president, worsening market reactions to his plans should be ignored as we focus on long-term recovery. "What I am looking for is not the day-to-day gyrations of the stock market ... but the long-term," Obama said.
Liberals continue to praise the cool-headed and "practical" approach of Obama, who they believe has the good sense to spend whatever it takes to rescue the economy. And while Obama is at liberty to declare that spending is needed to address our immediate economic concerns, conservatives who dare take the long view are chastised for not being practical, if not ideologically insane.
On one point, Obama is right. In inheriting a terrible economy from a terrible Republican administration that took spending to unprecedented heights, the president's critics in the GOP are mighty rich to criticize spending now. But Obama is also essentially vindicating Bush economics or as Vice President Dick Cheney said of his own administration's spending, "Deficits don't matter."
Unlike Bush, Obama, and the majority of both parties, Sanford is one of the few leaders who has been consistently practical on government spending. Sanford was the only governor who traveled to Capitol Hill last November, not to accept the John McCain, Lindsey Graham, George W. Bush-sponsored stimulus package, but to oppose it.
While GOP Govs. Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin held their hands out, Sanford said before the House Ways and Means Committee, "I'm here to beg of you not to approve or advance the contemplated $150 billion stimulus package ... This $150 billion salve may in fact further infect our economy with unnecessary government influence and unintended fiscal consequences."
In criticizing Obama's recent stimulus, Sanford stated similar concerns: "The president's stimulus represents the largest and most invasive economic action in our government's history.
For a relatively small number of short-term jobs, this administration and this Congress are poised to mortgage the economic future of my four boys and the millions of young Americans just like them. To me, that's simply not a morally acceptable outcome."
Is Sanford driven by his free-market ideology? Of course he is. Genuine conservatives have long argued that the same penny-pinching practiced by families and businesses that strive to live within budgets should also apply to government. But the notion that Sanford's dedication to these elementary economic principles has blinded him to practical statesmanship is absurd and ignores the fact that Obama's New Deal ideology is as integral to his big spending agenda as any alleged statesmanship the Left continues to ascribe to him.
For decades, the ordinary activities of government have been to saddle American businesses and workers with a monstrous debt, forever increasing the size and scope of government, all under the auspices of good intentions. Liberals are right to call Sanford impractical in the sense that he seeks not to conduct the same wasteful government business as usual, but to rebuke it in the hopes that the economic woes South Carolinians and Americans at large are now suffering don't extend to their children and grandchildren. Unlike Sanford, Obama doesn't represent "change," but continuity.
Some believe that Sanford has become such a vocal oppponent of Obama's stimulus plan because the governor plans to make a presidential run in 2012. The American Conservative's Michael Brendan Dougherty writes, "Official Washington has no memory, demands largesse, and prizes optimism as its cardinal virtue. But Sanford is haunted by the past, tight with a checkbook, and worried about [the] future. If he has any chance, it's because he sounds a lot like the rest of us."
And if the rest of us have any chance, it will come not from ideologues masquerading as statesmen like Obama, but genuine statesmen like Sanford, whose practicality informs his ideology and whose conservative long-term view promises the only practical solution.
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Read this with an open mind BARLF.
Gov. Sanford is awesome.
The Obama/Dem/Alinsky counter propaganda and attacks on Sanford are sickening.
Clinton stuff never rose to the level of the Soviet style garbage Hussein’s cronies are spewing. Day is night, night is day.
Obama is going to get rid of business booms and busts - yeah with socialsm that will become marxism. These people are truly evil.
Keep fighting Gov. Sanford - the GOP needs many more like you FAST.
I get so tired of this garbage. The spending under the Pubs was nothing compared to what we see now. The House Pubs fought the bailout until McCain caved.
Sanford is on the right track.
Gov. Sanford is the only polictician on the current scene that remotely interests me as a presidential candidate. But let’s face the facts: if the GOP primary voters wouldn’t warm up to Fred Thompson (instead, opting for big-government embracing morons like Romney, Huckabee, McCain), Sanford doesn’t stand a chance. Sanford’s probably too limited government and hand-offish for the average GOP voter who, it seems, actually prefers their federal government larger.
Sanford is on the outside, moving up fast for 2012.
The DNC has noticed this and is already trying to smear him with the racist tag.
Because he had the nerve to say this :
“What you’re doing is buying into the notion that if we just print some more money
that we don’t have,
send it to different states - we’ll create jobs...
If that’s the case why isn’t Zimbabwe a rich place?”
...”why isn’t Zimbabwe just an incredibly prosperous place.
Cause they’re printing money they don’t have and sending it around to their different
- I don’t know the towns in Zimbabwe
but that same logic is being applied there with little effect.”
I loved Sanford’s comeback to Rep. Clyborne (sp?) who complained that there was a “hint of racism” to Sanford’s plan to turn down some of the stimulus money - a short and to the point “He always plays the race card” - would that the rest of the ‘pubs would be so brutal when needed......
Now,will you check the guy out or will you only accept what is posted here?
Thompson led the Republican race before he even got in. His lousy campaign was his downfall. If Sanford can put together a good organization, he will be unstoppable. I saw him speak a few weeks ago and never saw a man captivate a room like him.
|Gov. Mark Sanford Ping!|
The United States of America will henceforth be known as The Big Zimbabwe!
As uncharismatic as he is and in spite of the flaws in his personal life, I would have supported him wholeheartedly if he did not equivocate on abortion.
Water under the bridge. We have to look forward to 2012, and we have a genuine conservative who is likely running - one without the political baggage of Palin (who would be my second choice because of her character) and Jindal (who appears not ready for primetime). Sanford is intellectual, electrifying and has the Reaganesque ability to project an an uplifting message while acknowledging the grave situation we are in. I would recommend seeing him speak, particularly to a conservative audience. The speech he is currently giving to conservative groups is fantastic.
Which is also a great name for a professional wrestler . . .