March 12th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Message sent when S.C. governor rejects stimulus $?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

South Carolina's Republican Governor has become the nation's first to reject some of the economic stimulus money. Mark Sanford says he'll turn down about $700 million of his state's $2.8 billion share unless Washington lets him use it pay down the debt.

Gov. Mark Sanford, a potential 2012 GOP candidate, is one of several Republican governors who have criticized the $787 billion stimulus plan.

He insists taking the money would harm his state's residents in the long run by increasing the federal budget deficit and building expectations for government programs that can't be sustained.

Funny but it seems like the folks in South Carolina are hurting pretty bad right now. The state has the second highest unemployment rate in the country - having shed many jobs in manufacturing, tourism, construction and retail. Its unemployment rate is at 10.4 percent, second only to Michigan.

Sanford is one of several Republican governors who have criticized the $787 billion stimulus plan. However other governors from both parties have said they would take any money that these states rejected.

And in the end, Sanford's move is largely symbolic. That's because state legislatures can override governors and take the money. South Carolina congressman James Clyburn, a Democrat, is blasting Sanford for rejecting the money that could help residents of their state.

Clyburn says Sanford quote "will sleep well at night because he has improved his 'conservative record' and raised his national profile." Probably worth a mention that Sanford is seen as a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2012.

With all the warm, fuzzy sympathy he's displaying for the hard-pressed people of South Carolina, I wonder how he was ever elected governor.

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

JC writes:
That he's more concerned with proving that the Republicans are right than he is with helping the people of his state.

Michael from South Carolina writes:
Jack, I live in South Carolina, and the unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country. We also have the poorest and outdated schools in the U.S… Governor Sanford would rather watch the poor people and his state suffer just to pursue his political aspirations.

Stacy from Leesburg, Virginia writes:
Congratulations, Governor Sanford. You strut around like an ideological rooster in a broken farm and proclaim that your party is more important than your people. South Carolina is rife with poverty and poor education consumes your youth while unemployment continues to rise. Your brain is writing dogmatic checks your real world tush will pay for come election time.

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Dennis North Carolina

    If he turns down one cent then he or his should receive zero in money plus this should reflect on any future spending in that state by the federal government, This is just a phony ploy in politics to look tough to the voters. Take the money away and see who cries.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  2. Joan

    Sanford is a sleazy politician. He cares onky about his carer, and I hope this is the end of it !


    March 12, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  3. John, Fort Collins, CO

    It appears to me that Governor Sanford is trying to suck up to Graf Limbaugh and the other ultra conservative power brokers in hopes of acing out the current GOP superstars, Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal, for the 2012 presidential nomination. The battle to be crowned as the most out-of-touch Republican candidate is heating up early in this election cycle.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    Jack I'm sure you remember the old movie when the famou words uttered were, IT"S ALIVE.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  5. Natalia, Albuquerque, NM

    That he is an un-Christian un-American racist! This governor knows exactly what he is doing. He thinks that by not taking the stimulus money, which would help pay public education shortfalls, medical expenses for the poor, shore-up CHIP, and help extend unemployment benefits, that all these poor people will simply move to another state that has taken the stimulus money. He is cleaning his state of the poor, oppressed minorities (people of color), who by far outnumber those that are losing their jobs, and keeping his state red for the GOP. This is exactly what other GOP governors, including Bobby Jindal, wanted to do, but his state legislators outvoted him.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  6. Linda in Maryland

    Jack, first this joker hears that rejecting the stimulus will hurt blacks and the poor in his state the worst. Then he goes on to say that anyone who supports the stimulus package is just like Pres. Mugabe of Zimbabwe. As usual, South Carolina produces another WINNER! People of South Carolina, get out now and run for another state–your governor is going to see you go down to ruin just to feed his ego.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  7. wanda, marianna florida

    It says that Sanford is focused on his own political future and could care less if the needs of the people of South Carolina are met. Given that this state ranks in the lower percentile for every achievement, but ranks high in unemployment, poverty, etc.... one would think that he would graciously say 'thanks for the help' to all of us Americans as we pull together to get through this crisis.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  8. Karon Richard

    It's all about the politics and posturing – he's warm & cozy in the governor's mansion, but ordinary life in South Carolina is not a bed of
    roses!! South Carolina needs a complete OVERHAUL short of
    getting rid of the Confederate flag hanging over the Statehouse!! The governor rejects his own people, but then he only serves ONE CLASS!!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  9. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Beats me Jack. Maybe he is trying to make some SC residents move out. Since I live just across the Savannah River and Lake Hartwell from SC, I hope the displaced don't move over here. Our unemployment rate in Hart County GA is about 11-percent and we don't need any more people moving here and wanting jobs.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  10. debi~california

    Dear Jack,
    The message this governor is sending by rejecting stimulus money is that he does not care what happens to the residents of South Carolina!
    In the end, the legislature can override his decision and accept money and then he can save "face". Let us hope that the good people of South Carolina vote him out of office in the next election!
    I love the statement about sleeping well at night! I don't understand how any republican can sleep well at night after what the have done to our country!


    March 12, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  11. me46

    Since he's only turning down a quarter of the money, he's a man of 25% principal and no common sense.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  12. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    It's just more evidence that the GOP has no message. For decades now their strategy has been to make the other guy look bad, usually through lies....uh.....I mean "talking points". They offer nothing that will actually help Americans, just themselves.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  13. Kim from Austin Tx

    It says we can't afford the long term affects of the increase in unemployment payments.
    Texas said the same thing. The State Legislature would have to changes law to allow this increase and in 2 years when the stimulas is gone we could not afford to continue to pay the increased amount.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  14. debi~california

    Sorry about the typo! What I meant to say was, I don’t understand how any republican can sleep well at night after what they have done to our country!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  15. Ken in Seattle

    That he is yet another politician from the far right who is putting ideology and political ambition above the needs and welfare of the people who are enduring severe financial hardship as a direct result of that same ideology. Those people are Republicans as well as Democrats and lets hope they are watching carefully and have long memories.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  16. Sue

    That he only cares for himself. And Not the poor people from SC. What an idiot.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  17. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    Apparently, South Carolina has enough hog farms that he doesn't feel the need to bring home the bacon.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm |

    This is exactly why I left the state of South Carolina. The republican led government doesn't care about all of its citizens–only the wealthy!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  19. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va


    I'm more interested in what message the people of South Carolina will send back.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  20. Meagan- Baltimore, Md

    It sends the message that he is stubborn and more interested in political ideologies than improving the condition of his state. However, I believe these governors that criticize the money should NOT be allowed to collect it for their state. If Obama can't have his cake and eat it too, neither can they!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  21. Joe In Hartford, CT

    The Governor's message is: "I'm tired of being in politics. It's so lonely at the top. I wonder what I'd have to say to get the peasants to rise up and march on the Governor's mansion with pitchforks and torches?"

    March 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  22. sand bell

    the governor is like most of the GOP in the state that why I no loner live in S.C.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  23. Ronald Holst

    That He is more Interested In Politics Than The People Of His State

    March 12, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  24. Ronald Holst

    That He is more Interested In Politics Than The People Of His State Or the economy In general .
    Ronald Holst
    San Antonio ,TX

    March 12, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  25. Michelle

    The message sent is he cares more about his conseravative record rather than the 10.4% of his state that could benefit right now from the stimulus, what a shame!!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  26. Whittney

    Sanford isn't making a statement; he's running for the GOP. I live in South Carolina and will soon add to the 10.4% unemployment rate as a direct result of state budget cuts. His "statement" brought me to tears, and not tears of hope or joy. There's a reason South Carolina tops more than one of the Nation's Worst lists–and he's losing more and more constituent support everyday.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  27. Ronin

    Why should South Carolina be forced to sell the soul of the state... Just because the government wants to control every aspect of peoples lives... That doesn't mean everyone is short sighted enough to go along with them...

    We all have that right... Whether we will sell our souls for 30 pieces of silver...

    Unfortunately greedy politicians sometimes make that decision for us...

    More power to South Carolina!

    Right on!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  28. Vic Leeber

    Vic Leeber from Stony Point NY

    Governor Sanford is obviosly a man who can't be bought ! He is holding on dearly to his common sense in knowing you can't spend your way to prosperity! The message he is sending is " I have children that will have to pay this back"! No thanks!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  29. Eleanora Feucht, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    I never thought I'd agree with ANY Republican, but in this case I heartily agree.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  30. Steve Canada

    "I wanna be President"...(giggle)..next step, dinner with Rush...

    March 12, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  31. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    The governor should not be allowed to cherry pick what he will or will not accept from the stimulus package. The governor wants to look good politically while the poor and unemployed of S.C. suffer. Someone needs to inform the governor whether he accepts the stimulus money or not, taxes paid by the good citizens of S.C. will be used to repay the national debt created by the stimulus package just like all the other states.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  32. Renee Livsey

    It seems like the Governor and Lindsey Graham are not at all in touch with what is really going on in their state. Nearing 20% unemployment in some areas. How do these folks get elected?

    March 12, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  33. Bruce

    Another Wingnut in action!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  34. Jane (Minnesota)

    That he's litening to Limbagh & grandstanding at the possible expense of his constituants. Typical right wing wanna be to me.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  35. Jim El Paso Tx.

    The message it sends to all Jack is that he an our Govenor Perry are idiots. They'll take the money as long as they can play with it at their discretion....now that would be a waste!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  36. Lauren, Orlando, FL

    The message sent is that he simply doesn't care about SC residents.

    For Sanford, the mantra is clear:

    Party over people
    Ambition over obligation
    Appearance over substance

    Welcome to the new Republican Party, Jack.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  37. Terry, TX

    That's he's smart....and his state is not in debt like California, New York, Illinois and Michigan who are the most overtaxed states in the union...who want to use it for their pork....no he wants to use a portion to pay down the debt. What a fiscally responsible thing...try to balance a budget and not increase spending!!!

    If his state has a handle on it and wants to decrease debt... applaud him...cheer him... because thats what I am doing with my extra money.

    I heard Biden remarks...that man doesn't need to intimidate or threaten any state trying to do the right thing with tax money.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  38. Richard Green


    He's saying that he just flunked a pretty basic political and economic IQ test. Why does he hate the people of his state so?

    [this is off topic, Jack, but I hope you're not having to share the studio with Bush's Minister of Propaganda, Ari Fleischer. You need to have some input as to who the producers invite onto The Situation Room.]

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  39. Peter Fern Park, Fl.

    It's real easy for the Governor to put his citizens money where his mouth is. His current and future job prospects are secure. If he's truly concerned with their welfare he should refuse to take his salary for as long as he's in office and refuse any perks he gets as Governor and after he leaves office. Experience what his citizens are experiencing. Do do otherwise is hypocritical grandstanding.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  40. kishen c.rao

    jack, do not worry, this guy is something funny. He will be judged in next election for rejecting the money. He does not know how people are suffering without jobs. Next elections, he is out. This is exactly happened in november elections. SOUTH CAROLINA HAS LOT OF UNEMPLOYMENT.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  41. nancy from Cape Girardeau, MO

    Does the Republican governor, Sanford, have a better plan to stimulate the ecomomy? All I have been hearing from republicans and other critics for the past 50 days is that "it will not work".... "Obama is wrong"... " I hope Obama fails"... "this is just promoting Socialist policies ". When George W. Bush took office our national dept was around 5.2 trillion and when he left office it was around 11 trillion US Dollars-TWICE AS MUCH in only 8 years under "W"! Bush and the Republican Congress has spent this much money in 8 years and we do not have anything to show for it except alot of dead/wounded people in this Cheney/Bush war. Most of our schools, highways, bridges, energy policies etc. are in very poor conditions. So, I say to all those critics; "Set up to the plate with a better idea and stop being negative and non productive"

    March 12, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  42. john .... marlton, nj

    The SC message tells the flaming liberal democrats to go build their socialist village somewhere else...

    March 12, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  43. Pat from Greensboro

    The message is that he cares more about his standing in the Republican party than the welfare of the citizens of South Carolina.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm |

    Rejecting the NON-STIMULAS money means that some are not willing to sell out their souls or states for a buck TODAMAN. I only hope Alaska does the same. Jerry in Alaska.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  45. Ronin

    With regards to what will end the Presidents honeymoon? When the people wise up.

    The President knows what to say and how to say it... He is an expert at deception...

    There is an old saying: "Fool Me Once, Shame on You! Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me!"

    Hopefully the people will wake up and see the LIES he has been telling us...

    Hopefully the news media will pull their heads out of that dark place... And start doing their job...

    Hopefully it will be before he does too much damage to our country and the principles our Founding Fathers left us with...



    March 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  46. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    He sends the true message of the GOP - PARTY FIRST, people second. I think it's time for S.C. to send HIM a message in form of a recall...

    March 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  47. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    Ask the people in S.C. that are out of work if they would reject this money? The stupid you have always with you.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  48. Henry Nguyen, Raleigh, NC

    To simply put, more money for other states period.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  49. Sherry, N. Calif.

    Mike from Albuquerque,NM
    Good one!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  50. Rosemary

    These Republican Governors are just grandstanding. I hope the people in the States that they represent see through all of this BS and vote them out. Otherwise, I see them taking the same stance as Rush Limbaugh, hoping the Obama Administration and the Country fails.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  51. mitchell

    you get what you vote for!!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  52. Steve, Clifto,VA

    The message is "We Republicans will cut our noses off to spite our face" in this silly campaign to bash the newly elected Democratic president and congress............

    March 12, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  53. Shirley, Virginia

    I would be ashamed of my state if I had children trying to learn in the environment that was projected to the world on national television. Children trying to learn but have to stop when a train goes by and rattles the building, nonsense. If the people of South Carolina tolerate that kind of leadership and interest in their welfare from their elected official, they need help.

    But jack, I have faith in the voters of South Carolina. I believe that they will flex their muscles in the voting booth when the Honorable Governor comes up for re-election and the country will flex when and if he decides to run for President.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  54. Mike in Akron, OH

    It states South Carolina will stay or increase its unemployment rate from 10.4 percent. I wonder what he’ll do when they cannot afford to pay his salary.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  55. Melissa in Phoenix

    The message is simple "we can't spend our way out of this one."

    Melissa, Phoenix, Arizona.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  56. Terry in Hanover County

    If Governor Sanford doesn't want the money, he can send it to the DNC c/o Governor Kaine, Richmond, VA. He just made the Democrats' case for replacing him in South Carolina.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  57. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    Maybe he wasn't trying to send a message, maybe he was doing what he thought was right. I don't understand why people think it is right for the government to spend money and leave the debt for our children and grandchildren to deal with. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  58. Richard Peter

    So, Tim, the Secretary of Treasury, or should I say, the Chief Thief of the United States, want to create a new public private partership does he? What Geithner really wants to do is create a higher market price for Buffett, Soros, Exchange Traded Funds, Sovereign Wealth funds, etc. by shifting the market risk of these toxic assets(that the Banksters themselves created) via 20:1 leverage furnished by YOU the American Taxpayer! The thieves want to assure the friends of Obama that they can only lose principal, not what they borrow at the taxpayers expense. This is private sector risk free leverage. The Banks liability is transferrred from the bank balance sheet to the taxpayer. So if Buffett or any of the other Obama cronies see some asset they think is worth 35cents on the dollar, but know they can use RISK FREE LEVERAGE, then they can bid up to .90 cents on the dollar without the public getting too suspicious. The private investor then gets to put up .05 cents of his own coin with 20 to 1 government leverage making up the other 85 cents. This is a massive payoff by Obama and Geithner to private capital insiders and political cronies with taxpayers taking all the risk. What am I missing here? Oh, by the way, none of the folks in Congress "grilling" the Chief Bankster by the name of Tim Geithner ever discussed this with him. I wonder why? Are they stupid or in bed with him?

    March 12, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  59. Shirley, Virginia

    Every economist in the U.S. and abroad agreed that the 787 billion was too small but no-o-o-o, the righteous Republicans had to cut the package before they could support the President's stimulus proposal, now look where we are. Jack AIG received approximately 150 million in 2008 before the crisis was really made public where were the Republicans? If the Republicans don't stop thinking about the next election and how they can screw the democrats, we are doomed but I am afraid that they don't get it. We will show them at the ballot box.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  60. RSB

    Is he going to be the new Republican poster boy now? Given the recent remarks by Rush Limbaugh, Bobby Jindal, and now Governor Sanford, it would seem that the Republican definition of bi-partisanship is becoming "We're all in this alone". That's the message I'm getting from them at least. (Roland/St George, UT)

    March 12, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  61. louis in sc

    That he ran for office to serve himself and to hell with us unemployed south carolinians

    March 12, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  62. Butch

    I'm not greedy, but I'll take $250,000 that should be enough unless they tax it, in that case I'll take $500,000

    March 12, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  63. m00finsan

    I only see one message that this guy sends by doing this: that he's willing to put politics and partisanship over his constituents and his state. (Heather/ Beaumont, TX)

    March 12, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  64. Bill Potter

    This seems like typical GOP posturing. I don't doubt that he'd like to do as he says, but his intentions are clearly malignant.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  65. Ray

    I am hearing that economist have determined that if the initial bailout given to the Finacial Institutions (350 Billion with a B) was distributed to every tax paying family in America (opposing to the FI's) it would have amounted to approx. 200K to 250K per tax paying family?

    1) Is that a true estimate?
    and if so,
    2) Would'nt that have been a better stimulation to the economy since we are all saying its a consumer lead economy? Maybe its me but it seems to me home owners in trouble would be able to pay off (in most cases) there mortgages (which by the way got us in this trouble (ie bad mortgages)) or folks could buy up one or more foreclosed home/s, buy a new car, etc which would jump start the economy and put money back into the same FI's (getting the bad debts off their books which is solving the bigger problem right?) – seems to me its a better solution than what has occurred thus far from my perspective???

    Plus the Banks would be willing to give loans again knowing folks have capital to go after if they dont pay!

    If any of this is true? then why has the media not jumped on it especially given these same FI's are lining up for a seconds and thirds???

    Inquiring minds want to know....

    March 12, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  66. Bev

    Personally, I believe this message was not faith-based and certainly not an "honorable" action; but perhaps a mute point. He probably hopes that there will be a congressional over-ride.The Governor is probably sitting pretty (safe and secure) financially, while the middle-class, workers small businesse, struggling homeowners, single parents, and the ever increasing poor, are suffering. The symbolism suggests more political postering (the games some people play to get publicity)!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  67. andrew k

    it means that hes a complete idiot who would turn down free money?

    March 12, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  68. Ken

    I think the Governor of South Carolina is helping the Democratic Party to win another Democratic Seat. With unemployment at the rate it is in South Carolina he should be ashamed of himself.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  69. Mike

    From Sandy, Oregon
    It proves he is an idiot, an absolute, full blown, egotistical idiot.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  70. Ben in Guam

    Hello this is Ben in Guam

    Gov. Mark Sanford is absolutely right. I believe in small government and all governors should reject money from this bill. This stimulus bill is a path to socialism. God bless Mark Sanford for his decision!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  71. Jassu Kaur Dulai

    It is like playing basketball for a team who decides on one game play, but one of the players decides he's going to do his own thing. The team can only win when they all work together.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  72. Jim, IL

    The message is that Mr. Sanford has decided it is more important to make headlines than it is to serve in the best interests of the citizens of South Carolina. It's just another example of where some of our elected officials just do not get it.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  73. Len in Clarkston, Wa.

    This guy sounds like Gov. Otter in Idaho. First, he didn't want any of it. Then he wanted it all. Now he wants to stash $80million away for a "rainy day" perhaps 2011! In the mean time, he's cutting the Public Education Budget by $105 million and laying off state employees. Seems like his idea of a "Stimulus" is to bank our tax dollars, collect huge interest on it and doesn't give a d#*n that the tax payers are paying interest to some foreign country for his "rainy day fund."

    Ya just gotta love the Republican sense of "fiscal conservatism." NOT!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  74. Dick from Indiana

    Is this guy one of the sons of Fred Sanford.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  75. Vanessa DeSimone


    The governor of South Carolina must have forgotten what state he's living in much less governing. Were do they make politicians like him? Crawford, Texas?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  76. Alice in California

    I think that this is a great example of why the people of the United States need to come together and demand that our politicians quit playing games for the sake of their respective political parties and grow up. They work for us and are doing a pretty piss poor job of it. While I have strong political opinions, I am first a parent and a daughter. It is more important to me that our country cares for its children and elderly than if there is a D or an R after a persons name.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  77. republicans hate america

    the rush limbaugh party only care about investing in invasions of other nations they do not care about their own people.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  78. Robert in Galveston

    His message is "I will be running for president in 2012, look how great I am". Looks to me he is just one more republican who cares only for the party line and dosen't care about the american public. Why is he only turning down part of the money?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  79. Glenda Klein

    This Man like the govenor of Texas does not care about the unemployed, as someone who is educated and out of work, I can tell you the without additional unemployment benefits friends of mine would be on the streets and at the food banks every two weeks. What is wrong with these men, They are not christians as they have no soul or heart. I hope that come election time they are swept out of office like old shoes, and can not find another position. Perhaps if they had to live on unemployment they would make sure that their people received this benefit.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  80. Barbara - NC

    Sidebar Jack – If that shark had gone into the people's livingroom, they would have had a right to kill it.

    They were in the shark's living room......... (so to speak).

    March 12, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  81. Ms. Shell

    It appears the governor wants to continue business as usual. Use the money without any stipulations. Sounds like he's taking a page from the banks who took the bail out money and ignored the purpose for it. This governor needs a time out.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  82. republicans hate america

    its funny how the rush limbaugh party wants "small" government yet desperately want to be the ones in power.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  83. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    The largest producer of tobacco is going to pot.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  84. Clay Wild

    Jack if I was a South Carolina resident I would be pissed as hell at Sanford. I would vote him out of office in a second.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  85. Lane from Nashville

    The same message the Republicans have been sending since Rush instructed them to do so–playing politics is more important than the failure of the country.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  86. Darr/ Cleveland

    His message: His political career before the people who elected him.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  87. hari, Miami

    He want to send a message that he want to be beat Michigan and climb to number one in unemployment

    March 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  88. Mike from Charleston, SC

    It shows that our gov has his head in the sand. Unfortunately for him, the water is rising.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  89. John

    Hi Jack,

    The message is obvious, it's personal against Obama. If this Governor, whom I don't think will be re-elected his next term, rejects the stimulus plan, why not reject it all. It's his political death sentence!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  90. Jonathan from Iowa


    March 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  91. Susan Spears

    It means his entire staff needs new shirts that say "I'm with Stupid."

    March 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  92. Muhammad Ali Pervaiz

    It is obvious that Gov. Sanford has a job!!! Hence no pain.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  93. Cody Hanna

    This guy needs to get voted out of office, if he doesn't care about his people.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  94. Matt Charlotttesville

    Only one, that he's an idiot

    March 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  95. Ms. Shell (California)

    Sorry, did not say were I was from. Ms. Shell is from California where our governor will be delighted to take the money if Mr. Republican from So. Carolina doesn't want it.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  96. Al

    Jack, I think the majority Whip called it the way it is. This governor clearly understands who, in his state, will be hurt most by not accepting these monies. I just wish the working class would take a good look at these type of representatives before they vote for them.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  97. C.M> Durham

    The RIGHT ONE!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  98. Griff...... The Truth

    I guess I will find an Antagonist-Character, just for you Jack in my next story, You can be the ilusion of great Expectations; but with no viable future...

    March 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  99. Dave Y

    The only thing Sanford is showing is his lack of movement towards bi-partisanship. As you said, the move is only symbolic, the people will get the money anyway, leaving Sanford in a poor state in the people's eyes.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  100. Eli in Georgia

    He says, "Take my states money and don't you dare give any back because you are of a different party than I! God Bless America!"

    March 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  101. Nate

    I live in SC and all this does is shows how selfish he is. All he cares about is his chance to become president. All he is showing us is that he will be a terrible president who will sacrifice the people for his own political gains. Now I know why alot of people are talking about leaving this state.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  102. Arlene Owens

    The S.C. governor is so out of touch with reality, he probably even thinks the Civil War is still going on. Let him try to live on minimum wage with no benefits for a while and he might come around. Nah, probably wouldn't!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  103. Arthur

    What message? Just that it is business as usual in the Palmetto State. Meaning if it's not in the interest of big business, religious fundamentalism, or feathering the nests of fat cats it's no good. Yes, our governor is an idiot. What's new?


    March 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  104. Barb from Hazel Crest, IL

    The governor message is "I don't care about you or your family."
    The only thing I cares about is my potential to run for the President in 2012. HA! HA!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  105. Matthew Myers

    That is ridiculous, the people of SC should take to the streets in protest. They should not stand for such blatant politicking. I also think it is worth noting that these governors planing to turn down stimulus money always start with the unemployment program money. Seems like the poor and unemployed are not their concern, only the wealthy. Could this be because the poor tend to be minority and democrat?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  106. Bruce Marshall

    Stupid can the State Of Maine have the money he doesn't want??

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  107. old white male democrat in West Virginia

    PERHAPS Mr. Sanford is the "Profiiles in Courage" poster child for political courage in sticking with an unpopular position OR he's a self-serving, posturing politician AND an utter MORON for refusing to help his own people. Now, let's see, to be the "Profiiles in Courage" poster child, he'd have to be dead-on correct about the economics of it all. Hmmm . . . What's that swelling chorus I hear from SC? Oh, it's "MORON!!!!"

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  108. Amit

    It's politicking – plain and simple. Using his state level office to make a statement on national affairs is alright in certain circumstances, but given the pain South Carolina is feeling, it seems to me like he is selling his constituents for an ill-calculated political fillip.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  109. Laura Lynn Minnesota

    The message he is sending is that he is an idiot.

    He could always send it here to Minnesota, maybe with the extra money we can finally decide who won our Senate race.


    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  110. Debbie, New Braunfels, TX

    He sends the message that he thinks people will still fall for the lie that Republicans are fiscally conservative. This is a craven political ploy trying to win the support of the base for his 2012 Presidential run. He knows his state will get the money because the state legislature will see to that. What a class act.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  111. Barbara Kelly

    What does the governor care? He has a job – for now.
    Virginia Beach, Virginia

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  112. Dee

    Jack it is not only the governor of S C, but, Rick Perry governor of Texas today turned the stumulus money down because he does not want to extend unemployment benefits. It was announced this week that we (in Texas) have over three hundred thousand homeless children in our state, so by no means extend unemployment benefits. I hope people in the next election cycle will by god hold these republican leaders accountable. I'm mad as hell at my governor Perry.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  113. Sam

    Fiscal responsibility. Remember the small town policemen laid off after Clinton's assistance money dried up in the nineties? These programs inflate government and cause pain when the funding is gone. Stimulus should fund one time projects like road and bridge constructionh, not ongoing programs.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  114. Marietta

    Sandford doesn't care for the people of his own State! Sandford is living in a beautiful "Governors House" that is provided for him by the tax payers of his state! Sandford doesnt have to worry about food shelter or a job–Sandford is well cared and provided for– by the people of his state!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  115. Stagger Lee

    Sanford is more concerned with politics than the well being of those he serves. message received Gov.
    You should be standing in an unemployment line after the next election.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  116. jerry okla

    it means none of his republican buddies need the expanded unemployment benefits that would come with the money

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  117. Bernadette Loesch

    Dear Jack, the message is very simple. To paraphrase: Dear Pres. Obama since I don't care what the voters in my state say or do, and since I donn't need the money for my own personal use, and I know that most of the people who live in my state don't read the newspapers or watch TV I'm on the safe side as far as re-election and a possible run for your job in a few years.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  118. P. Garley

    A message??? Hell no.. He should refuse all the money then and only then we will know that he is sending a message. He wants all the money but just a fraction??? He's playing a GOP game
    Good day

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  119. Bryan Randolph

    The Governor sends the same message that all Republicans send: We care about the super-rich who fund our campaigns.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  120. Susan from Canada

    Just shows how out of touch he is with everyday America. The average person is hurting and every little bit of stimulus is a help. Saying the money will hurt South Carolinians in the future is just a copout. I hope South Carolina gives him a pink slip the next time he's up for election.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  121. Mandy, TX

    The governor is saying what the Republicans have been saying since President Obama won the election- we don't care about the people we work for. He's shooting the finger at the people and doesn't care if they're unemployed and homeless because he's sitting heavy with his job and has a house he's not going to lose.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  122. drew in boston

    Sounds like Govonor Sanford is looking to continue the Republican disconect with the American people.
    Then agian He is of the same party that brought us Sara Palin, her male conterpart Boby Gindal of LA.
    South Caralina clearly knows that the unemployment will make it's people stronger.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  123. Fernando Marques

    It seems to me the Governor is so blinded by his right wing ideology that the people of South Carolina do not matter to him.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  124. Jack Parkman


    I applaud Governor Sanford for rejecting the portions of the federal stimulus that came with significant strings attached. I understand that people are hurting, and that some people might think that we should accept any assistance regardless of long-term conditions that might be required.

    If the federal government wants to give states money to help in this crisis, that's fine. But they shouldn't be demanding that the states make permanent changes to their programs. After all, didn't we get into this mess by overextending ourselves: as individuals and as a nation?

    Chester Springs, PA

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  125. Joyce

    Does Govenor Sanford realise that he represents the people and not his political profile.Why doesnt he consult the people of S.C for their viewsand input on the stimulus money,when will some of these political people realise they represent the people,its the people Govenor.......

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  126. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Gov. Mark Sanford's argument or reasoning for rejecting the stimulous sounds like no more than a barrage of excuses. Excuses a real man wouldn't use if he were secure with himself and not the party he represents.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  127. Craig

    I guess the govenor never heard of "cutting off your nose to spite your face",
    Also I was angry about the shark slaughter too.....I guess we won't stop until the oceans are void of any life..

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  128. Aaron

    OMG! It's South Carolina's succession from the Union, take 2!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  129. John M. Huberty

    By refusing the stimulus funds, Gov. Sanford shows that he is a pure politician who is willing to play politics with the welfare of his constituents in order to boost his chances of winning the GOP nomination in 2012. It also shows he is out of touch with reality, since even conservatives are intelligent enough to recognize this for what it is... I think.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  130. Vick

    I wonder if he wants to replace Michael Steele. All he has to do is be marginally less stupid...so I say he has a chance.
    He will surely charge the base with these remarks, but I hope he finds some other state to relocate to. Its an obvious plot to get media coverage...
    when are these guys going to work for the people?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  131. Dian from Chicago

    He's showing the country that he's a typical, "old fashioned politician"...more interested in enhancing his own political agenda than caring about the people of his state!

    It also means that those of us in Illinois are now off the hook for having the slimest Governor? COOL!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  132. Micheal J Breitha

    About that shark? Way to go Jack. I've lived with sharks in Hawaiian Waters since 1952. (Age 6.) That Shark wasn't hungry or roused. It is doubtful she was stupid: This is more than I can say about the Governer's rejection of Government Funds to help his state.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  133. Chris

    By rejecting the stimulus money the governor is looking out for his constituents interests in the long run. The injection of federal funds into the economy DOES NOT replace economic growth. Economists are in agreement on this topic; the New Deal did not extricate us from the Great Depression and the "new new deal" Obama is advocating won't either. I applaud the governor for his willingness to make even a symbolic effort to present the facts to the people.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  134. Scott

    The Governor is sending the appropriate message. The message is that Washington does not have the money to send. The message is that Washington has added so many strings to the money that the States will be in worse shape in a few years. This is one of the men that understand that this pork bill is worthless to average people in the country. This bill was nothing more than a power grab by the super liberal administration that Americans voted in. The Governor understands that we should be careful what we wish for, or vote for!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  135. nicos

    Positive. If everybody followed that maybe we would get out of the new keynansian mess we are getting into

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  136. joe beaman

    I would be interested to know the Governor's socioeconomic status. If he is unwilling to allow his constituents the opportunity to gain upward social mobility, I have to wonder if he is truly representing them. The stimulus package is aimed directly at that, stimulating one's ability to regain composure, for future autonomy and success

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  137. jackie hoffman

    The message sent is he is a jerk!!! Where did they get this clown from? Maybe he better study history – mainly the Boston Tea Party. I hope the state legislature and the people overturn his decision and rise up against him. This guy needs to be taught a lesson that he was elected to help the people of his state and not look for his own s
    elf-gratification. Jackie – Bergholz, Ohio

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  138. Steve Klotz

    Funny, I don't recall the Governor's name being mentioned as opposing a Billion-dollar a month war because it cost too much and was unnecessary... The Governor is simply clarifying his position of putting his self interest and his party's interest before the needs of the people which he serves. With any luck at all, the people of his state are paying attention, and next election he'll find out what it's like to be standing beside them in the unemployment line.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  139. Barbara

    Hey Jack,

    I've been to Mr. Sanford's family plantation in Beaufort, SC, which he doesn't mind taking farm subsidies although he's no farmer. What can one expect from a professional politcian, who serve themselves at the people's expense?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  140. VadeBolton

    So when are the people of South Carolina going to decide to become self respecting citizens who think for themselves and throw this bum and others like him, out!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  141. Billie Bierer

    Hi Jack. Ho Hum. What Sanford's views will only add to South Carolina's lack of progression within our grand nation and his comments say we need a new govenor.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  142. Katie


    He is telling the world that he has an ideological blockage and hasn't studied economics a day in his life. His great economic plans are reflected in how fabulous his state is doing ... or rather not doing.

    What this all amounts to is political grand standing. He could use the money to retrain displaced workers who lost manufacturing jobs when they were shipped overseas.

    Davis, CA

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  143. Roeland Beers, Netherlands

    The message the governor sends is one of the first intelligent ones i've heard so far. A large part of the wealth of America is based on debt for which payment is long due. The solution to the current crisis is trying to find a way to reduce debt, not build up more. America should just brace for the moment when it will accept the true status of the economy, sooner rather than later.

    Both the message as well as the reasons given for the message is spot on. I fear only that it already is too late for lawmakers in Washington.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  144. Nick D. Neighbour

    About the so-called "Shark Attack" pics.
    God bless you Jack for speaking out against those A– HOLES who get "Sport" out of wantonly KILLING Animals!!
    The MOST DESPICABLE Animal, is MAN!!
    Nick. N.
    Pasadena. CA.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  145. Julie

    It continues to show to anyone listening that it's politics over people.
    He's apparently positioning himself for higher office at the expense of the people of South Carolina. Doesn't matter to him that there are large numbers of unemployed AND dysfunctional schools that date back hundreds of years right there in his state....

    I hope people see him for who he is and reject him totally and completely when casting ballots. That behavior can not be helpful to anyone in South Carolina.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  146. camile

    It sounds like the Govenor do not care about the unemployed or everyday working people of his state. Why should he, he has a high paying job, and the best healthcare in the United States. He is playing political games at a time when his own state is @ 10% unemployment. I hope that the voters in his district are playing close attention to his lack of compassion for the very people who voted him in.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  147. Richard Quiring

    The JUST SAY NO Limbaugh Republicans not only damage their own constituents but the country as a whole. I wonder how many Democrats will support anything the Republicans want when they gain control of something other than the Supreme Court in the future.
    I hope the Republicans keep it up because California's Republican governor, you know the one that Bush and the Arizona maverick used the last days of their presidential campaigns, WILL GLADLY TAKE IT!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  148. Annoyed fron South Carolina

    Being a resident from the State of south Carolina, I am highly upset and annoyed at Governor Sanford's refusal of the stimulus package. In my opinion he is not acting in the best interest of us(the citizens of the state) and is trying to boost his own political career. He has been literally invisible in the state since his reelection, and now he is in the news everyday. As a college student I am suffering greatly be his selfish acts because our budget has been cut 15%. He needs to reconsider because the future of the state looks grim.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  149. Jo

    The governor is letting the people of South Carolina how much he really understands and symphathizes with their situation. Things are peachy in the governor's mansion and his family wants for nothing so he can afford to 'grand-stand'.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  150. Stan

    It's hard to believe the 2012 presidential campaign is underway in South Carolina. When is the primary? I will send a contribution to whomever runs against Gov. Sanford. Or maybe a Sanford-Palin ticket would be a hoot.. Not!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  151. David Dial

    Looks to me like the Governor is dead set on proving that a guy named Sanford can screw folks in more ways than one.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  152. Michael- South Carolina

    I live in South Carolina, and unemployment rates are one of the highest in the country. We also have the poorest and outdated schools in the US. Most of the high unemployment rates, and underfunded schools are in poor black areas. Governor Sanford would rather watch the poor people and his State suffer just to pursue his political aspirations. I hope his political aspirations are not for the Presidency of the United States, because the whole nation will have failing school, high unemployment rates, and a government who can fund its employees.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  153. Rhonda Wilson


    How stupid can this guy be? Would you want a guy like this running the country in 2012?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  154. jeff clark- Meriden, Connecticut

    he is displaying the same contempt for the welfare of the people of South Carolina as SC did in 1861-firing on Fort Sumter... that brought on 4 years of war, misery, inflation, physical destruction, and poverty...let alone Federal Troops on Garrison for "re-construction"...

    i say to hell with SC, and divide up the bail out cash to the other 49 states...

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  155. DD Carey

    I am puzzled by some of these self-righteous Governors & in my case a republican congressman, Rep. Tim Johnson that voted against the stimulus, but once it passed has requested 1 Billion dollars. If you felt it was wrong why take any money.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  156. Spero

    What does it say? The same thing other Republicans feel, having lost the presidential election. He would rather score points for Republicans and try to embarrass Obama rather than accept money that his people truly need. Chaulk up yet one more partisan slight of hand at the expense of the people of his state.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  157. Bernadette Brown

    Mark Sanford is out of touch with South Carolina. We are suffering! I do not know how he was re-elected myself, I did not vote for him!


    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  158. Geoffrey, West Virginia

    Personally, I think that it shows he is more willing to consider his own political plight than the plight of the people whom he was chosen to represent. I think that a stubborn clinging to a "conservative ideology" in this present situation shows that we have a long way to go on the non-partisan front. The bill has passed, take the money to help your hurting state! The only way we can pull ourselves out of this present funk is to do it as a NATION, not as liberals v. conservatives. He has an opportunity to enact programs similar to the PWA, TVA, FHA, etc., all of which helped right out nation in the past. He needs to get over himself!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  159. Bill

    Being form SC I can say this guy is dead wrong. He is always overridden by the state legislature. One day he said that our state does not have an employment problem. I am glad we have term limits.
    It is time for him to go

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  160. Ron Ouellette

    The msg. this clown is sending is simple; he's a narcicists who only
    thinks of himself with large ambitions and an ego that needs to be
    curtailed because he is in violation of the oath he took upon being
    sworn in as Governer to "serve" the people of his state and not himself;
    Ron – Florida

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  161. emmanuel

    if the governor has been doing a good job, his state will not be # 2 in unemployement. what has he been doing with the money he has been borrowing on behalf of his state.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  162. Diana

    The S.C. governor Mark Sanford is trying to do the right thing. By accepting the stimulus $ which supports entitlements for only a few years, when they end , the state would have to continue to pay for these entitlements which it can't afford, or cancel them which would be political as well as financial suicide. Gov. Stanford is trying to do the right thing, pay down the state's debt and by doing that, create a responsible government so that the state will be strong again, and be able to support programs in the near future. Throwing $ at the problems does nothing but increase the debt for our chidren and grandchildren to eventually inherit. Put the $ in the hands of the states to do what is best for each state.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  163. Mike

    I think its a great message. This money was created out of thin air. You know what would really stimulate the economy? ABOLISH THE FEDERAL RESERVE!!! Until our lives are no longer controlled by big bankers we will always be in economic slavery.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  164. Dr. Lashandra Span

    The majority of the 26 lowest performing schools are located in South Carolina. It seems to me that the Governor is out of touch with reality. It is shameful that he would not meet the immediate needs of his constituents while setting politics aside. I pray that his actions will be remembered when he's up for re-election. I pray that those unemployed will find food to eat; since he seems not to care!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  165. Anthony from California

    I think that his decision to turn down the stimulus money is pure politics, he has his sights set on 2012, rather than the well being of the people of South Carolina. Its pretty clear that his state needs the money.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  166. Brent L. Pack

    I concur with our governor of NC, Governor Bev Perdue. We will be glad to get into our pickup trucks, drive down to SC and take the stimulus money from SC and use it for our shovel ready projects.

    Mark Sanford can deny the money all day long, but we in NC are glad to take it off his hands and use it to help our citizens in our state.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  167. Brad Osman

    Another short sighted Republican who cares more for his political survival than he does for his responsibility to his people and the institutions in his state. Infrastructure is everything now and he has a chance to actually build something for the future. Sorry South Carolina.....get rid of him as soon as you can.....but please don't send him to Washington

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  168. Daniel Connerly

    It is a wonderful example of the states taking care of their own, looking out for the people. By rejecting it's making the statement "hey its not gonna work like this", i think the focus has to be on getting our current situation under control before ,all of the credit (the imaginary money that we have based our self worth on) disappears and becomes nul and void.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  169. Glenn in Seattle

    Jack –

    I think one of the earlier viewers had a better idea: since the population of the United States is approximately 300 million, it stands to reason that we could easily afford to give every man, woman and child a million dollars each. So, instead of spending hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to bailout all these banks and corporations, each American citizen could pay off their individual debts, with plenty of money left over to use for investments, education, healthcare, whatever. Why not give taxpayer money directly to taxpayers? Oh yeah, I forgot – that would be common sense, which, of course, isn't allowed.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  170. Trevor A.

    If any governor wants to refuse money for whatever reason, they should reject the whole sum, not pick and choose. Only refusing this bit or that is just playing immature politics and making it look like they stick to their principles. Let's get real: they want the money, but they don't want to appear as cooperating with the GOP's enemy.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  171. Brad

    He is sending a message that he is in line to become the next Sarah Palin!


    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  172. spenser M

    Mr. Stanford has been my governor for quite sometime and I honestly think he is a "bonehead" . The man has been horrible when it comes to our education system and now he doesn't want to help the people for sc. Governor Sanford has cut SC budget in the past, however when he cuts the budget he forces the middle class people that work for the government to take the pay-cuts not the people in his office or hire-ups. Can I re-literate the word "bonehead" again!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  173. IKE in Atlanta

    It just means he is the only 'wise' Governor in the counrtry, maybe only secound to Sarah Palin. His state is hurting and he is thinking of the future. I have news for him: if they do not survive the present, there will be no future. He'd better pack his load and get ready to move to Zimbabwe b/c this is his last term in office; if he survives this term.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  174. Shelly

    I lived in the State of Michigan all of my life until 2 years ago, when work brought my family to South Carolina. This elected official (not by me) needs to start spending some money on his fellow South Carolinians. We all remember that crumbling school President Obama featured at his speech before the joint session? That is in the State of South Carolina. Most South Carolina school's are failing. This state does not like change, but it is time. I actually live in a County that still has blue laws! Govenor Sanford needs a wake up call. He does not listen to the people. I am sorry, but he is going to have no choice but to take this money; the state congress will see to it. Anyone that hears this story will just think he is doing it for the political attention (I hope).

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  175. Bill

    Like many others have already stated, he's sending the message that he doesn't want to help his state. He's bitter and angry that his party lost the presidential election, and like a child who takes his ball and goes home, Sanford is going to to mope in the corner and try to use politics wherever he can to make the Democrats look bad. He'll refuse to do anything towards bipartisan cooperation.

    Socialism? You probably had a lot to whine about over the current stimulus package, without even bothering to find out what the earmarks are for. Here's one you pro-war Republicans will like: The Predator UAV? Started life as an earmark. So before you jump on the bandwagon saying ALL earmarks are bad, do some homework...some of them are saving your soldiers lives.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  176. Joel from Cherry Hill, NJ

    He's expressing his preference for the same old, business-as-usual politics. I'm deeply, deeply saddened that the governor - and, other Republicans - have already chosen to start rebuilding the party or promoting themselves rather than devoting themselves to working out our country's many, many problems.

    The President has invited everyone - Republicans AND Democrats (sometimes, equally as necessary) - to engage in a mature debate. But, you know what? Even if Obama IS just paying lip service and he's NOT as inclusive as he suggests, SO WHAT! He was elected because most of us thought his agenda would be better than McCain's.

    Nice job, Governor. I hope independent-minded Republicans will remember your behavior four years from now.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  177. scott- midwest

    I applaud him! He is the Govenor, why should he have money forced upon him if it will hurt his state down the road. If my family is struggling should I max out every credit card I can get my hands on now at outrageous interest rates and hope it will not haunt us later.

    Jack, you wonder how he got elected and I wonder how you ever got a commentary job as bias as you are.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  178. Michele L.

    It is all too clear how these "red republican" southern states feel about their working class residents. Anyone who can reject money to aid the recently unemployed should become unemployed them selves and be kicked repetedly while they are down.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  179. Judy B. from Austin, TX

    Today, Texas Gov Rick Perry (R) tured down $555 million of stimulous money for unemployment benefits.

    The Republican governors must band together and not spend that money on unemployment benefits for needy families. That's the only way Republicans will be able to say the stimulous package failed and lowering taxes for the wealthy is the only option left on the table.

    Something else Perry's doing ....ordered republican lawmakes in ur state to find a way to spend the 'unallocated' stimulous money on rebuilding the Texas Governors Mansion. What a joke.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  180. Bailey

    What I'm not understanding is why he is turning it down. It is beneficial to his state regardless of whether he agrees with it. What it says to me is that he is just being stubborn. Just because he doesn't like President Obama I bet he will oppose anything Obama does. Being a teen myself, it just screams teen angst.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  181. louis in sc

    Governer Sanford thinks that gaining political capitol for president can be gained because it is all about him and to hell with us unemployed brickmasons. He ran for office to serve himself. If i lose my home i will leave sc.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  182. verna hensel

    It's very simple Jack...the Governor is putting his future political aspirations ahead of the welfare of the residents in his State.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  183. Thomas

    Well he has a job so i guess the fact that many in his state do not have a job doesn't seem to matter to him!! Just another politician with his priorities all screwed up!!! He needs to reconsider and put the very people that gave him his job the help they need a deserve!! It's time to use your brain governor !!!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  184. valerie

    govenor Sanford has his own agenda and that is to become president at the cost of the people of S.C. What nerve of him to put himself first. That state has one of the highest unemployment rates and he does not want tohelp them, spoken like a true republican to think only of themselves. He must sleep well at night in his nice comfy home. The people should remember him if indeed he runs in a couple of years.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  185. Kay

    It is arrogant of all this republican governers to refuse federal help. His state has second highest unemployment rate.
    Elected congress gave them that money to use it wisely. He and those like him are only paving road for future GOP nomination.
    If He was concerned about defecit and long term cost of national debt, he should have opposed Iraq war.
    Kay, Atlanta

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  186. Peggy

    Sanford's not accepting some stimulus money is yet another attempt by those in power to flex their political muscles to the detriment of the working folks. It is a testament to what he has done to South Carolina as its governor–try to gain political clout and advance his own career. One needs only look at how he has dipped into our affairs here in the Lowcountry to see that he will use and step on and over anyone to get himself ahead.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  187. Bertha

    Sanford's message...he doesn't give a rip about the people of SC. I could have told you this before the stimulus issue. He's interested in Sanford and that's it. My question is how does he think people will vote for him and expect him to take care of 50 states when he won't take care of one state. This will backfire on him, and he will deserve it.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  188. Pete in PA

    Jack, The message that the SC Govenor is sending is very, very clear...He's saying "I am a self certered dope with no concept of what the term public servant means".

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  189. carl

    This guy must not be to smart, in fact it seems if you would put his brain in a sparrow it would fly backwards....

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  190. CHARLES

    This is parr for the course in sc,2nd highest unemployment,almost last in education,a school by the railroad tracks and a gov. thats still trying to win the confederate war.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  191. Joby Martin

    Good idea for SC. Our state is looking into the future, trying to avoid more $$ problems down the road, Congress made this $$ mess, sick of hearing Bush blamed, and I am a Dem........

    Love how people who don't live here, work here, try and tell us what WE need to do. Go fix your own state.

    Foolish nonsense, are these post really by people who read, educate themselves on the subject?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  192. DEVO

    The governor of SC tells his citizens that nearly a billion dollars can be given to other needy citizens in other states. It also tells them that he has NO plan how that money could be used to put the unemployed back to work.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  193. Joseph W in Lawrenceville GA

    What a glorified view from a glass house with the citizens of SC all holding stones from job losses and foreclosure. I think Gov Stanford is deserparte to hold on to a dying ideaology that does nothing to benefit the people who elected him. Just what the country needs another Blago looking to put himself ahead of the people he was sent there to serve. I suggest not letting the state legislature decide on the funds let his decision be the final decision and see how well that serves him for a 2012 bid. I assure you with his gall won't be getting my vote!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  194. Ethan

    WHAT !!!!! I will tell you know I live in Ohio and if our Governor would not take it I would not vote for him. He should start to care about his State not his Presidential run in 2012 . I will tell you know I will not vote for him if he wins the GOP primary dose he ever read with out the Stimulus bill the gov. would be out of money as of last night it would of stopped see the GOP should try to work with the Dems. I was in the GOP now I 'm in the America's Independent Party Governor Sanford suck up your pride and help your people!!!! Jack love you file best ever.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  195. Kevin, Florida

    Even though I am a teenager in high school and do not understand the economy quite as well as others, I believe that the message the governor is bringing is not good at all. It shows his unwillingness to help his state when his state is in desperate need of help especially when the unemployment rate is in the well ten percent. This state is in desperate need of help, the governor should have accepted the package but I do believe he should have say in where this stimulus money goes to help his state recover in an effective manner. This action has probable cause a lot of controversy in the state of South Carolina.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  196. Gwen, SC

    Jack, with SC at 10.3% unemployment, second in the nation, and 42,000 jobs lost last month. I'm sure Mark Sanford will be looking for another job come 2010, and I for one will make sure he dosen't get my vote.
    To all my Carolina neighbors please go march on the Capitol Steps, and demand this money to help our state.
    If he's trying to make points with the far, far right of the GOP Party, so he can run in 2012 for president, Mr Sanford need to think twice, about this leg of the party, because America Rejected That Kind of Thinking When We Voted For Mr Obama

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  197. ellen scott

    South Carolinians – pay attention: Your governor cares more for his ideology than he does for you. Please don't forget this the next time he runs for office. This is what I don't get – no doubt he is pro-life, pro-gun, etc., etc., but he cannot manage to meet the needs of his constituency. How is that s good leader?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  198. Jimblakman

    What!!!! South Carolina dont need no money; I'm moving there! Thats right, the unemployment rate is the second highest their. Nevermind I'll just stay in Virginia with our Democratic governor!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  199. Carole Thompson

    South Carolina Governor's thinking is, if I understand it correctly, that if you give the citizens help with bailout money now they will inevitably come to expect help later, perhaps always, a little like feeding a newborn baby – what happens? He expects to be fed for the rest of his life! Good thinking Gov! Stave the little suckers.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  200. Bert Naples FL

    Its the same message the republicans have sent for the last 8 years. "Its us or them!. No care whatsoever for the common guy except what they can make on our heads.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  201. JB

    Politics over people, typical. Who does this guy think he is, a psychic? If he knew what was best, why in the world he didn't give his own Republicans some advice during their rain, yes, rain, because we are now drowned in debt.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  202. Debbie

    As a lifelong resident of SC, I can tell you that most of us feel that Mark Sanford is a complete idiot. There are still a few that think that the President is involved in a conspiracy to ruin our country. Those people still love our Governor.
    He is completely out of touch with what is going on in the State. My husband has a job in Georgia and has been in a slow down at work since Christmas. I still consider us much luckier that many people in our state. There hasn't been much good economic news in months. Leave it to Gov. Sanford to make it worse!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  203. John


    Being a state worker here in SC my job depends on this stimulus package to keep me and others from getting laid off. Gov. Sandford doesn't care about the people here, he didn't even know our school systems were in such bad shape until Obama visited SC schools during his visit running for president.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  204. Scott in Delaware

    Does anyone have the facts or understand what he wants to do? By accepting the stimulus money, South Carolina is obligated to establish "welfare-like" programs that, two years from now when the stimulus money is gone, MUST be funded by South Carolina. AND, the governor does not want to have to put the burden of this future billion-dollar-plus-welfare-hand-out-cost on South Carolina - which will cause SC to run a deficit. Smart decision for SC? Yes. It's refreshing to see a politician do the right thing. Which we can't say the same for those running the amateur-hour in Washington.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  205. Dan

    I think it is great that a governor is actually having a backbone and not asking for a handout. He realizes that by taking the money, he would be on the hook for these welfare programs for years to come. Jack your comment about the governor having higher goals...is a joke. Can't anyone be taken for there word, having a conservative thought and actually living by ones means I guess is a bad thing.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  206. Jo Miller

    It sends the message that he is a slick politician first and a govenor second who is more concerned with himself than the people of his state.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  207. Lachlan McIntosh

    Gov. Sanford has completely turned his back on people in South Carolina. He was raised on a plantation, never went to a public school, and has been on the government dole for nearly 15 years. He even lives in a taxpayer funded mansion. He’s never had to struggle and doesn’t understand what people are going through. His actions are shameful and disgusting. He is literally willing to let people starve in the streets to impress right-wing interest groups in Washington.

    Lachlan McIntosh
    Charleston, SC

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  208. Carnice

    Whichever state rejects the stimulus it's just fine. Send it to New York City we sure know how to use it. I hope all the Governors who refuse the bail out, do not get reelected. If people are losing their jobs and homes its shameful for the leaders who should help them, allow them to suffer more for their personal political gain.
    The citizens of these states should make a very coherent statement just like the one that was made on November 4th 2008, and do not reelect them.
    Brooklyn, NY

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  209. N. Manetavat

    Gov. Sandford, he is rich, stays in the nice house. He doesn't need money.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  210. Ethan

    WHAT !!!!! I will tell you now I live in Ohio and if our Governor would not take it I would not vote for him. He should start to care about his State not his Presidential run in 2012 . I will tell you know I will not vote for him if he wins the GOP primary dose he ever read with out the Stimulus bill the gov. would be out of money as of last night it would of stopped see the GOP should try to work with the Dems. I was in the GOP now I ‘m in the America’s Independent Party Governor Sanford suck up your pride and help your people!!!! Jack love you file best ever.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  211. k.cook

    This politician proves that you can be so anal-retentive that the reality of people suffering in your state becomes clouded by the delusional rationalization of the truly psychotic. Some of the ideological terrorists hold office right here, and they're doing untold damage to Americans.....and drawing a salary for it.

    k.cook in Orlando

    March 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  212. dana lewis

    sanford is part of the good ol' boy network that my georgia governor belongs too. they can't handle the turn this administration is taking. they are old school, angry, intolerant and have no empathy for their constiuients. the young girl that took part in the sate of the union speech, whom sat next to michelle, needs for sanford to get off his high horse and at the least fix her school!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  213. Jeffrey Capshew

    Governor Sanford's behavior outdoes Blago in outrageous behavior and if the South Carolina legislature has any spine, they'd impeach him. He just proves he's as out of touch with average people as Limbaugh, Coulter, DeLay and those right wing jerks. What a disgrace.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  214. Bob M.-Greenville S.C.

    I think the governor should ask himself how he can fix the problems
    of South Carolina without the stimulus and then tell us. He can't. So how about taking the money and create some jobs, and let the people of South Carolina work there way out of Debt. Get the money, put us to work and cut the crap gov. How about grants or tax cuts for the small business people in this state so we can work, pay for our homes and get ourselves out of debt. From the Federal to the state govs they are killing us.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  215. Sean Tulloch

    Shame on Gov. Sanford, he's putting political aspirations before the citizens of S. Carolina urgent needs. Don't play political football with people's lives in these turbulent times.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  216. Sam

    This lets me know that, as a college student and a future worker in the state of South Carolina, we need a new leader with some competence and bipartisan abilities. Sanford is showing how "politics-as-usual" work here. He can forget my vote in 2012 if that's what he's after.

    Columbia, SC

    March 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  217. Shaun

    It means that the Governor of South Carolina will cut off his nose to spite his face. He and all the other Republican governors who are participants in this, oh so phony show of concern need to get a grip. Ideology means next to nothing when material needs are not being met. I can see the Democrats may see even greener pastures after the next elections in 2010.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  218. Maureen, Georgia

    I think that the governor suffers from delusions of grandeur, he really thinks the people are going to vote for him in 2012 when he so arrogantly shows that he doesn't care about the people in need. I think that the GOP needs to get rid of all the present senators & get a new & younger set of senators with new ideas with a compassion for people who needs help.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  219. Bill

    Clearly the people who are thinking this is a good move are outnumbered...again.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  220. David Moore

    As a South Carolinian I see Governor Sanford's rejection is irrelevant since he is term limited and not up for re-election in 2010.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  221. verna hensel Toronto Canada

    It's very simple Jack....the Governor is putting his future political aspirations ahead of the welfare of the very people who voted for him.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  222. Diane Roper

    Relative to South Carolina's governor on the stimulus and his refusal to accept-it causes one to wonder if the GOP has become so inbred that intellect is suffering as a result.

    DR, Indiana

    March 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  223. Matt W.

    As a resident and citizen of South Carolina, I feel Sanford should be impeached for putting his self serving political interests before his general concern and welfare of the citizens of South Carolina.

    There is no logical way to justify rejecting Federal funds that have already been appropriated. Whatever misguided statement Sanford intends to make will only illustrate his ignorance and perpetuate the idea that South Carolina is a backwoods state that cannot be taken seriously.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  224. Clare

    By refusing some (but interestingly) not all of the stimulus money Gov Sanford is showing that he is one of those Republican'ts who are like spoiled children who didn't get their way and all they know to do is stamp their widdle feet and refuse to play with the other kids. Unfortunately, the people of South Carolina are footing the bill for their immature governor.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  225. Ava, kingsland, Ga

    Jack, I travelled to SC on yesterday. They can probably create a million jobs just on road work alone. The stretch of I-95 in Sanfords state is a continuous pothole. He is REALLY showing his state that he cares more about himself that the voters that put him in office. I am sure some of the unemployed voted for him!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  226. Kirk and Sue- Newberry, South Carolina

    We're sorry to say Jack that we are of the many whom live in South Carolina, but happy to say we feel Sanford's opinions, statements and beliefs are not to our liking. Since moving here from abroad 4-1/2 years ago, we have seen first hand that errors of this state's government. Textile mills have closed down and what remains are ghost towns. Our county has appallling HS drop out rates, teen pregnancy and schools that are in disrepair. My employer has work on the books, but enough qualified people to perform the work he does not. Gov. Sanford is entirely insulated from what is going on here in his own state and we hear what??? He has aspirations for a GOP nomination in 2012? Believe me Jack, we'll be out of here way before that ever happens... ah, it's good to have a plan. Time to return abroad. Ciao!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  227. Ann

    Jack–I live in SC and I don't understand why we don't just throw the bum out of office.
    The residents of SC will suffer just because Sanford is trying to make a name for himself politically. He obviously does not care about us. I personally don't think there is anything between his ears but air. Well, I have a name for him but you cannot air it on TV. Next election we will speak loud and clear.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  228. shane norman

    I'm not going to feel slighted if I or my state doesn't get some federal government check, I'm sad so many of my fellow countrymen will. Sanford looks at things a lot differently than government welfare being the first solution, that's all.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  229. Beau in Fredericksburg Virginia

    Jack, I believe Gov. Sanford is showing me as an independent voter, that he understands the economic crisis better the Obama administration and the Bush administration which are pursuing the same tactics. This stimulus package will change nothing, just like the previous and future stimulus packages will not. This package will cause inflation and increase the national debt. This isn't about being Democrat or Republican, it's about rejecting the same failed policies that got us into this mess! Obama can keep the "CHANGE".

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  230. Linda B., Ga.

    Jack, perhaps this Gov. of SC is a long lost relative of their !ahem! Fair Senator Lindsey Graham. This Gov. either just woke up, from a long winters nap, or his head has been stuck in the sand and doesn't know his state is 2nd highest in Unemployment. I guess I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt ...NOT.... I truly think he is totally NUTS!!!

    Did you mention he is up for re-election soon.....OMG I hope the nice folks of SC see the light on this one...

    I'm in Georgia and don't think we are too better off with our Gov. but at least he's not refusing funding...

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |

    Regarding Gov Sanford 's veiw point...have you ever wondered about the state of education in our state from k-college!! Your children probably are not affected by this,but there are many who would like
    a chance with scholarships and funding to accelerate in the competetive GLOBAL MARKET!! Thanks to you they just might have lost that opportunity!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  232. Danny Brown

    the message is simple – the Governor is saying that his state will not be beholden to continued Federal funding to sustain the new programs mandated by taking the current stimulus money. The same argument is coming from home state of Texas – most of the education programs mandated to be created here will require long-term funding not outlined in the current stimulus, which translates to more Federal control of state governments – a liberal policy.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  233. Lisa

    I voted for him and I sincerely regret it. Not only is he wrong on the stimulus, I have yet to hear that he has done ANYTHING for the infamous "Corridor of Shame" schools. And he can't find anything else to do with the stimulus money......

    From South Carolina with many regrets ........:>(

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  234. Jack Rader

    Jack it to easy to jump to conclusions with incomplete information. Be aware that the stumlus to the states has some strings attached. Taking money for unemployment of temp workers layed off would obligate the state to continue the well after the stumlus money has run out. This would be a burden on the state to collect more funds from the businesses which are already in trouble. Remember not all is it seems without the complete picture.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  235. Valerie, NYC

    that's an easy one, Jack!
    He is saying........... (cricket, cricket) absolutely nothing useful to his constituents.

    But you know what?
    I cannot wait to for CNN to do a full comparison months from now on:

    states that do take the full stimulus vs. the states that don't/take partial

    which one will recover faster? which ones remain stagnant?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  236. Felicia (in Georgia)

    The message that Mark Sanford is sending is "I don't care about the people of South Carolina". Like Mark Anthony of Rome, he moves from GOP Master of the Horse to Enemy of the State of South Carolina. The great awakening for him is that he doesn't have a prayer at becoming President of these United States.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  237. Matt in Myrtle Beach SC

    Jack, the message he sends is very clear. He wants to include himself as one of the future unemployed.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  238. Jamal South Carolina

    I think its a great idea for Sanford to run for President because he sure as hell wont be our Governor again! I say let him draw unemployment and lets see if he'll have a change of heart.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  239. Mark Sanford

    I did it because I want to be president one day...

    Simply put...this package fails – and i'm a frontrunner for the GOP.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  240. Kay from SC

    He doesn't give a crap about the struggling South Carolinians. Beats me how he got elected governor. I 'd like to see him come up with a plan to help the peole if South Carolina since he doesn' t want to accept any of the stimulus money. Maybe we should all tap into his savings to make up for the stimulus rejection.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  241. Purnell Kankakee lL.

    That he will do anything to gain the Presidency, even allow the people of his state to suffer far more for his own personal ambition!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  242. Mel

    Jack, Sanford reminds me of South in the days when White politicians made the most outrageous statements pertaining to the treatment of Blacks to maximize the White vote. He is taking the same path, just not using the same language. Sanford is not watching the change that's a coming.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  243. Terry

    The message that this sends is that the governor of SC is an idiot . We are planning to move to SC soon and this callous behavior sends chills up my spine. I'm really wondering about living in a place where the governor cares nothing for poor and unemployed people and is only interested in running for president. I'm also wondering about the future of democracy when the people of SC actually voted to put this low life person in office.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  244. T.J. in Indiana

    The Governor's action says that he is a very smart man. To not take $1 from the feds when it requires $20 of state money to sustain the welfare for the next decade is good economics. Gov. Sanford will look really smart when other states are raising taxes in a bad economy because they took some of this the money.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  245. Dorene In Alaska

    Clearly he cares more about himself than those he works for. If that's the kind of president he is demonstrating he would be, he shouldn't bother to run.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  246. Pissed off Mike

    That's great! No governor should take the money. Government is not going to fix anything, people are. Government is overspending! Stop them! They are pissing me off.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  247. Dave Moore @ Charleston

    After November 2010, the rest of the country is more than welcome to our Governor.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  248. Diane


    I live in South Carolina and don't understand why he was even elected. The only reason I can see is he has an R beside his name. He doesn't even get along with the state legislators - both Democrats and Republicans and yet the majority of the people here still like him no matter what he does. All they care about is that he keeps taxes low and he is against abortion.

    It's obvious he doesn't give a rip about the citizens in this state. He's a first class jerk. People in South Carolina - wake up!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  249. Kim

    What is he saying? That his salary, health benefits and pension are not tied to the stimulus. If politicians got their money and support after their public. gets theirs....things would change real fast.

    Kim, Florida

    March 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  250. E.J. in Tacoma

    Gov. Sanford is sending a message that he could care less about the residents of South Carolina! The state with the second highest unemployment rate in the country and and he's got his head so far in the clouds that he can't see the big picture for the the people of his state or the country! He'll never be nominated to run for President!
    His Republican party is such a big disappointment he should go join Rush on his radio show they both blow a lot of hot air around and don't get the full picture at all with their narrow views!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  251. Stephen

    What the gov. is telling me is the no matter how bad things are he's sticking with his party not his state. Good luck getting me to stick with you. Seeing that I never did that shouldn't hurt but what about those who did and are now unemployed?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  252. Panama Tom

    Jack, this is an example of someone actually trying to take care of themselves. I took care of myself and family for thirty years. I now watch with disgust this whole drama unfolding from a mountaintop in Central America. I will never return and you can't take that to the bank in the US. I don't know what bank you could possibly trust in The US. I prefer the National Bank Of China with an account in Yuans. Jack, to make the free enterprise system work you have to produce a salable item (a product!)
    What a concept!

    Panama Tom (engineer)

    March 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  253. Ro

    Jack if thinks that decision will strenghten his position against Obama in 2012, he is clearly mistaking. He will get crush. SC does not represent the us. They are merely one out of 52, and I don't think he can even win that state.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  254. Titus

    Jack, I'm a college student from the state of S.C. I've lived here all my life. Since his election, Stanford has seemed out of touch with the working people of the state. He isn't visible and it seems that this latest statement is just a ploy to keep his 15 seconds of national spotlight going.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  255. Steven

    Dear Jack,
    Seems like the message goes something like this:
    Mark Sanford to unemployed, poor and hurting South Carolinians:
    "My ideological purity and political career is more important than your getting a job or getting relief from your hardships."
    Sure seems a ruthless way scoring political points, don't you think?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  256. Linda MacLachlan - Saline, MI

    Jack: It tells me that he's more worried about running in 2012 than about the people in his state. It's like holding a piece of candy in front of a child, then pulling back and telling him or her that they can't have it. Someone should withhold his salary and see how long he can survive without it. By the way, Jack, keep up the good work. I always enjoy hearing your commentaries, as they are always "right on".

    March 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  257. Marie

    He simply doesn't care about the people, period. This is no time for grandstanding. With many people losing their jobs and homes, it's a struggle everyday for just the basic needs. My question to him is when can the people of S.C. come and camp out at his place? Oh and by the way, there's no need in wasting time thinking about the 2012 run for office.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  258. shirely

    It means he is sick and tired of government spending beyond its means! He has tried to get our state legislators to stop spending so much for years. . Why shouldn't we pay down debt first! Good for him!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  259. Brad from Texas

    The message Gov. Sanford sends is the same message most politicians these days send: an unwillingness to consider anything other than their own political self-interest. Sanford knows he has no authority to deny the funds, but give a politician the chance to grandstand...that train's never late!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  260. John

    I think the message that Governor Sanford is sending is that enough is enough. Firstly all this money packaged up as stimulus is not money, it is worthless paper fresh off the printing press. The effect of this mind numbing printing of money will soon show up as inflation. Then it will start to hit everybody that the Obama administration is spending money that they didn't have in the first place. Governor Sanford is seeing ahead of this and trying to wake people up to this fact. The Obama administration needs to smell what they've been shoveling. That is that a nation deeply in debt cannot spend it's way out of debt, but this action only prolongs the pain that unavoidably needs to happen before market forces will normalize and fix itself. How many stimulus packages have to be passed and failed before we realize this fact? I mean, they've been working really great so far, right? NOT!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  261. R. M.

    Perhaps Gov. Sanford has the best interests of the citizens of his state in mind Jack, and is taking a principled position requiring the kind of backbone sorely missing in your daily partisan tirades.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  262. b e lindstrom

    It is obvious that he doesn't agree with Pelosi/Reid/Obama's mortgaging our future by using the "crisis" as an excuse to expand D.C.s buying influence in the states. ("Don't waste a good crisis")
    Cafferty is critical of him simply because he's a Rebulican.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  263. Trecia

    Please, give me a break. How stupid do people like Mr. Sanford think we are? If he is so against the bill why doesn't he reject the whole thing?

    Mr. Sanford if you are listening, say no to the whole thing and during the primaries you can say I stuck with my believes and rejected the stimulus (this will look good even if the stimulus works). And this sir can be you claim to fame. Think of it, the base will hail you a true believer, make you the nominee and then the president. Can't you see it Mr. Sanford?

    Did I forget the mention that the people of your state may also vote and maybe even those in other states who are unemployed, uninsured, homeless and hungry?

    Oh my bad! Well we tried.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  264. paulet, connecticut

    What it says is that it's politics as usual and that Mark Sandford does not in fact stand or care for the people of his state. He may want to run for President in 2012 but with an atitude like that - he is stuck in the past.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  265. Kevin H.

    We the people of South Carolina voted in Mark Sanford twice because he has done alot of good for this state, and as a South Carolinian I fully support my governor for whom i voted for. However, we the people of South Carolina also needs help. People have been hurting for a while and I also have faith in our State House that the lawmakers there will not let money that could help out people of the state go somewhere else.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  266. Barry

    Jack, if you thought Bush was bad, just wait until Gov. Sanford runs for President. He is not good for this state, how great do you think he would be for this country? This state is so far behind the times, it's awful. We are working so hard to get this country back on track Gov Sanford would be a real trainwreck !!!!!! Barry from South Carolina.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  267. k. Stanley

    Jack, its amazing how irresponsible this Gov. is towards the people of S.C in this difficult times that the state is going through. the only message he is sending is "I don't care less". I hope the state legislature step in to correct this irrational decision.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  268. Kevin in Calgary

    Just more politics Jack!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  269. Jay Marius

    The message that the people of South Carolina and the rest of U.S. got from the S.C. Gov. is "The people of South Carolina got screwed over!"

    He is willing to to screw the people of S.C. over just to maybe get noticed as a possible Presidential Candidate.

    I hope the Republican party don't elect someone who has this "Me First!!" mentality like soon to be ex Gov. Sanford.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  270. Randall

    The message sent is simply that Mark Sanford is a 100% red-blooded american politician who assumes that americans are too ignorant to see through such theatrics.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  271. Brian, Phoenix AZ

    Yes it's a symbolic message, but it's the right message to send! The stimulus was passed by folks who can't–or won't–calculate their taxes or manage their personal jetliners...Sanford has no responsibility to look to them for fiscal advice.

    And he's such a long shot for 2012, I have a hard time to beleive it's all politically motivated.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  272. Kim, Florida

    What is he saying? That his salary, health benefits and pension are not tied to the stimulus package. He has no skin in the game. If politicians got their money and retirement after their public does…things would change real fast.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  273. Purnell Kankakee lL.

    That he want the people of his state to have him removed from office right now, why wait till the next election, they removed Gray Davis in California for being inept the people can remove him too in South Carolina!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  274. T.J. in Indiana

    This is classic Washington poltics. Washington politicians tell states what they must do but refuse to pay for it all. I am sure the governor would love to take the money if it covered all the cost.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  275. MARIA

    I live in S.C. and am very concerned about our future.If Sanford pays down our states debt rather than create jobs for our unemployed how is this helping us? As unemployment climbs higher,health care soars,
    and more people need public assistance, we will just have to turn around and borrow more money again down the road.I don't agree with him. Of course he has a job for the next two years, right now alot of us don't.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  276. Dwight

    Jack,,, I always you were more of an old softy than you put on. I really appreciated your comments about those cowardly divers that killed the shark. I've been in the water with hammerheads all around me. I just slowed down and swam calmly. I was never bothered by them.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  277. Caryn Graham

    I am proud of our Governor. In the time he has been in office he has reduced spending in state government, as opposed to our previous governor, who was a Democrat-since we're calling names. Unlike the Obama administration, who continues to throw money at companies who have not proven that they are going to act responsibly with our money the second time around, our Governor is refusing to take money and in turn hand it over to the ESC who has been negligent in their handling of funds prior to any stimulus money. And while you might think it's symbolic or a poltical stunt, Governor Sanford has been consistent in spending the taxpayers money as if it were his own -regardless of whether the media spotlight was on him or not. If more Americans adopted his attitude of paying down debt and storing up the money for lean times, maybe some of the financial mess many Americans find themselves in, could have been avoided.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  278. Marque

    Simple, He does not care about anyone,but he has an obvious distaste for the poor ,and us folks in the rual areas.He uses this economy justify closing state schools in far reaches of the state. I feel this is his way of keeping the hotels and golf clubs cheap. Since he keeps cheap uneducated labor force he boast he stimulated the economy, and get rid of that colored boy over at the SCEC that keeps crying about needing a better trained work force. So you see he is helping out the Friends of Stanford for President.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  279. rostand melhy

    hey jack; the republicans are those who always proclaim theirself being always willing to put the country first. gov sanford unfortunetly is willing to put himself first instead of the people from south carolina.this is another gimmick, we are already used to those kind of gimmicks from republicans.it is obvious that sanford has some big ambitions for 2012, but he forgot that after eight years of disaster, the americans people are more smart than ever.rostand melhy from nj

    March 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  280. Paul

    Mark Sanford represents the aristocracy that has the birthright to pursue its own interest without regard for others, especially the little people. Come on, the man has a presidency to win, to hell with the people of South Carolina.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  281. Disillusioned From Atlanta, Georgia

    It is all grandstanding Jack!

    To paraphrase the Democratic Senator from his state, Governor Stanford "will sleep well at night because he has improved his ‘conservative record’ and raised his national profile". Don't blame governor Stanford as he is only seeking to lock down his party's nomination come 2012. He can only fool the mild minded. Besides, his state's legislature has the last say on what to do about their share of the Stimulus package.

    That aside, and disregarding the issue of states right which the Republicans are using as an obfuscation tool against this presidency's success, a state has no right to deter efforts aimed at collectively uplifting the states of the country.

    It is a sad commentary that some politicians still want to play politics with people's livelihood in such horrible times.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  282. Betty M. Farr

    I am so sorry that Gov. Sanford, does care about anyone except showboating for himself to become high on the list for 2012. He would rather boast of refusing money our state trully need, instead of being humble as other Governors. Of course SC is one of the (Reddest) states in the US, which gives Sanford this boasting status. He does not realize that he makes himself and all of us South Carolinians look like fools.
    Gov. Sanford does not get along with the GOP Legislators of his own party, so we can't expect anything better from him. He has to be expecting the State Congress to ask for the money for him.
    I sent Gov. Sanford an E-mail about his boasting actions already. He has not responded. Don't think He is not being confronted about this foolish position!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  283. Katrina from South Carolina

    Governor Sanford has no clue as to the issues facing real South Carolinians. He does not have to decide between heating his home and paying for medication or groceries. Our governor is simply out of touch with reality and on the hunt for political recognition from his fellow conservatives.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  284. Peggy Dingle

    If Gov. Sanford really wants to save the state money, he could just not take a salary. But, more seriously, the point he seems to be trying to make,is that he is willing to punish the electorate that would have the gall to stand up for and believe in President Obama by making sure that benefits from the stimulus package and anything else President Obama proposes is not effective in South Carolina. Voters have a long memory, and hewill stand out ,alright ,for all the wrong reasons.

    Peg Dingle

    March 12, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  285. Purnell Kankakee lL.

    That he what to drive unemeployment rate up to 25%!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  286. I can see Canada from my house!

    The message being sent by Sanford is that he can have it both ways: by symbolically rejecting the Stimulus money, he can claim a moral victory with the party faithful while his rejection is overridden. Of course, if the Legislature follows suit and supports this idiot, it will only prove the worse image of conservatives correct: they will drive their states and their country over a cliff to prove a point, rather than being leaders and doing whatever it takes to get their states back on track. I just hope my customers in South Carolina are still in business in a year if this gang of fools reject federal help.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  287. R. McMAHON

    I for one support Sanford unconditionally. One of the risks we face as taxpayers is that the offer of bailout funds such as this, though designed to create jobs, will be squandered and misdirected towards pig manure projects, bridges to no where, or some other porkish venue. By setting aside the considerable benefits this money could bring to SC residents and turning down the funds, Sanford is simply admitting that he does not have the mental capacity or business acumen to employ such staggering sums in any fruiful or beneficial, job-creating manner. In my opinion, Sanford's almost uncany ability to self-evaluate his capabilities, is really a breath of fresh air for us in the Republican party. I therfore would like to take this brief opportunity in a fleeting moment to endorse Governor Sanford as our next President of the United States..

    March 12, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  288. T.J. in Indiana

    How does this stimulas work anyway? The government takes money away from us by taxes, money that we could spend to help the economy, and spends it for us. How does this help the economy?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  289. Stephen from South Carolina

    This is not new behavior for Sanford. When he was the First District Congressional representative he didn't vote for anything. All he did was vote against proposals. Sanford is a Libertarian calling himself a Republican and it is obvious to me that he is more interested in grabbing headlines than he is to help his constituents. Doesn't he realize that we're still going to pay for this stimulus package even if he turns down the money? By the way, did you know that he is a rich kid who grew up on Sullivan's Island (One of the most properous communities in SC)? He's never had to worry about how to pay his bills.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  290. Barrington

    The Governor's refusal to accept stimulus money SHOULD say that he prefers not to be the governor after this term is up. South Carolina has the second highest unempoyment rate, and between 2004 and 2007, the median household income went down, while the nation's median household income increased by almost $1000 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Elected officials must stop these "symbolic gestures" that amount to stunts while depending on someone else to act responsibly. The people of South Carolina should be able to count on their elected executive for leadership and judgement, and not stunts that the state legislature will have to fix in order to protect the immediate well being of South Carolinians.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  291. Barbara - NC

    If he thinks he can't generate jobs with the money – in order to have tax base to pay for the future – maybe he should resign and let someone who is competent run the State of SC.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  292. M.Kennedy

    The governor of South Carolina is doing a good thing to reject some of stimulus money particularly in regard to unemployment benefits. The federal government is requiring state to change existing law in regard to unemployment in order to receive the unemployment benefits from federal government. I think providing unemployment benefits to temporary employee is not a good idea. The state laws should be what they have decided not something forced by the federal government. After the stimulus benefits ran out then how is South Carolina going to be able to afford the unemployment benefits at the same level. Then the state will need to increase taxes to cover this expense in a couple of years.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  293. E

    Mr. Cafferty, his actions reinforce the tremendously disheartening message that he has continuously sent to the citizens of South Carolina: Gov. Sanford will always sacrifice the lives of his constituents to promote his political ideologies. Sanford completely overlooks the fact that SC currently has the second highest rate of unemployment, one of the worst public educational systems and some of the highest rates of chronic disease. Sanford denies the fact that SC and national charities, churches, and private corporations simply do not have enough funding to assist persons in need. He turns his back to the reality that any debt he eliminated by stimulus money would be quickly replaced as more and more persons lose their jobs. Most astounding, his actions show that he never learned that there is no such thing as federal government money–only taxpayer money. The last time I checked, South Carolinians, many whom have been harmed directly or indirectly by this recession, do in fact pay taxes.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  294. Maureen, Georgia

    The people of SC should call the governor's office & let him know how they feel or they should get out & protest against him not accepting the stimulus money.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  295. Mike from Deltona, FL

    Repost: left out a few important words... sorry
    Sanford is the only one that has the courage in the GOP to blatently display what the rest of the GOP states behind closed doors. Too bad this viewpoint will further deteriote the situation of the citizens of South Carolina. While Sanford thinks that sticking by his values he is “saving” the citizens of South Carolina from future tax increases I think they would gladly accept that responsibility if they can get help today. IMHO, he has seriously damaged any consideration as a Presidential candidate in 2012.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  296. Lewis Peeples

    it merely shows that some politicians think of their political aspirations rather than whats best for their constiuents.Others are substituting their personal biases for doing whats right.I'm not surprised about it being S.C.,howevr,they still haven't gotten over the "War of Agression"and certainly not school desgregatuion.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  297. Matt W.

    South Carolina hasn't had a decent governor since Carrol Campbell. The only benefit this state has experienced during Sanford's administration are improvements at the DMV. Perhaps now that Obama has proven reformers can once again be elected SC may finally get the reform it so badly needs in 2010.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  298. Jim in Georgia

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Governor Sanford!!! i am proud that someone actually understands that there are strings attached to this so called stimulus money.
    You recognized the fact that by using government money to "possibly" help create jobs that will only be taxed, creates a loop that most democrats don't even realize. THE JOBS THAT WILL BE CREATED WILL BE DEAD END JOBS WITH AN END DATE. You recognize that it makes no damn sense why the government gives people money and then raises taxes and takes back the same money that they just so called "gave to stimulate" to the people of your state.
    Keep up the good decision making. That is why you were voted into that job in the first place.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  299. Reilly

    Good for Governor Sanford! I love that states can be independent,
    run their own states and balance their own budgets! Just like we have to in our households! That's why our founding fathers were smart enough to instill powers at all levels of our federal, state and local
    governments! Balance of Power! Power to the people!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  300. Linda

    Mark Sanford is an embarrassment as Governor. I am a property owner in SC and constantly have people ask about his antics. He wants to use $'s for state debt - I thought he had a balanced budget.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:52 pm |