January 19th, 2013
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The numbers here surprise me. South Carolina gets the majority of its money from the Federal government, and then it complains that the Federal government is too big. South Carolina could refuse to take the money, and then the Federal government would need $8 billion less. A teenager who gets an allowance from the their parents, but then complains about parental tyranny, is an immature brat, but that is exactly what South Carolina is doing: it is dependent on Federal money, but then it complains about Federal rules.
The federal government is no stranger in South Carolina. It has major posts for the Air Force, Army and Marines. It also is set to contribute $8.7 billion to the state’s budget, while $6.1 billion comes from taxes and other general state revenue.