Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SC governor strikes out “distracting” funding for abuse victims

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Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)

It’s not just science, equality and art that Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley apparently opposes; it’s also caring for abuse victims:

Late last week, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) vetoed nearly half a million dollars that was slated to go toward domestic violence and sexual assault prevention.


Haley explained these vetoes in the Department of Health and Environmental Control budget by writing, “Each of these lines attempts to serve a portion of our population for which we extend our sympathy and encouragement, but nevertheless, it is only a small portion of South Carolina’s chronically ill or abused. Overall, these special add-on lines distract from the agency’s broader mission of protecting South Carolina’s public health.

The blatant wrong-mindedness of that defense immediately triggered my Fail Quote sensor, but I decided that this was more about the despicable act, itself, and less about whatever stupid excuses are used to rationalize it – even if it is as intellectually and morally bankrupt as declaring that funds shouldn’t go towards caring for victims of violence because that would “distract” from healthcare. Go figure.