Kudos to state Sen. Tom Davis for his op-ed in the Charleston Post and Courier shining a light on the charade that South Carolina Republican leadership tries to pull over on citizens regularly: that even though the state budget has broken into unchartered territory once again, lawmakers themselves deserve credit for frugality.
The first three paragraphs of the piece written by Davis, a Beaufort Republican, are priceless:
You know it is summer in the Palmetto State when our politicians start bragging about how conservative they’ve been with your tax dollars. You know the drill: The South Carolina General Assembly passes a budget larger than the previous year’s and overrides gubernatorial vetoes, and then Republican legislative leaders spin their spending as ‘conservative’ and ‘fiscally responsible.’
This year’s campaign includes a guest column in the Post & Courier on July 18 by House Speaker Bobby Harrell titled ‘Facts show conservative state budget,’ in which he claims the legislature ‘reduced the size of state government by cutting both taxes and spending.’ That is simply not true.