Gov. Mark Sanford Launches Anti-Stimulus TV Ad

Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), widely seen as a conservative dark horse candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination, is going on the air with a national TV ad explaining his opposition to deficit spending as a way out of the recession.

“Going further into debt will not solve a problem that was caused by too much debt,” says the ad running under the aegis of “Carolinians for Reform,” and just put online. “We’ve proposed a budget that responsibly addresses our state’s critical needs without more debt. To get there, we have to restructure the broken ways that our government operates.”

Watch the ad after the jump.

Update: Allahpundit corrects me on where this is running (in South Carolina, although obviously everyone can watch it online) and Chris Cillizza adds context: Carolinians for Reform has been around for a while.

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Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

When was the last time anyone saw Sanford's real hairline?

Hawaiian style
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

Gov. you need to check your facts. Too much debt did not cause the problem. It was too little control which allowed the greed factor to become too much in control. That is unregulated capitalism at its best (worst).

When the greedy are going wild the resilience of the market is very low. The greedy are always after more money, and at the same time afraid they will lose what they have accumulated.

If you want to win the minds of those that care. Propose an investigation as to the causes of the present crash and solutions so it cannot happen again. (I know. You know that if you did this you would be so unpopular with the greedy Republicans that you would not be elected.) Leadership is hard.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

I hope the people of South Carolina realize what a idiot their governor is and vote him out next time. I really feel bad for the people of S.C, unemployement rate matching our here in Mi BUT a governor that don't want to do a dam thing about it. Thanks god for Governor Granholm, at least she is putting our money to good use, US!

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

Just wondering, who presided over the SC budget that put it in that debt in the first place? Who lowered taxes, drove their education system to dead last out of 50 states and thinks that taking the money that they didn't earn which was allocated for education and instead wants to redirect it to pay down the debt that they incurred? As far as I'm concerned, they don't have to accept a red cent. Just don't complain that the money isn't going to go to pay off your irresponsibility up until now.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

Due to term limitatons, Sanford can't be elected again in SC, that makes it very easy for him to use the people of SC for his own political ambitions. As a South Carolinian, our state is always dead last in good things and head of the class in bad things. We have many counties in our state that are dirt poor. Our education money comes from the state and from local counties combined. This has lead to such a disparity between the rich counties and the poor ones. Sanford is an idiot and if he's the best the Repubs can come up with in 2012, may the farce be with them. Of course having said that, he'd carry the old confederacy anbd Alaska – Sanford/Palin or Palin/Sanford – what a pair.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 12:44 pm

Cut more taxes reducing your state's income and overcrowd schools severely putting South Carolina students behind the rest of the country. Sounds solid, keep up the GREAT work!

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

bush is a regulater stupid , bush never deregulated

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

deregulation is the answer /private secter is the answer /sociolism is not

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

sanford is one of the best next to ron paul in the republican party

Jack Linthicum
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

How much does that ad cost? Where will it play?

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

I certainly hope the voters in his state, will remember his decision on the stimulus…when and if, he should
run for anything in that state again! He is truly politically profiling! How selfish can one get????

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

You are someone South Carolina should be proud of. In Kansas, our education money comes from the state and from local counties combined as well. And our Republican-led legislature has tried to cut back our education funds, but our Governor, Kathleen Sebelius has steadfastly vowed to veto any budget that included cutting education. It's too bad the great state of South Carolina has no one but Sanford as its leader.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

Deregulation is what put us in this spot dip stick.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

Recession caused by debt? Is he totally clueless? In order to offer a solution to a problem, it's best to actually UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM before talking out of your a** with “solutions”.


Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

Notice… he didn't say that better way. If there is a better way speak up! Let us all in on it. If it's that same tired rhetoric that lead to the abundance of prosperity we're in today, then cram it.

Translation: When we were buying bombers and cool war stuff we went NUTS with the surplus that Clinton left us. Now that Obama wants to invest in icky old American interests such as jobs and health care we need to stop this run away train of spending!

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

Yes, there is a way other than straddling our children with more debt–So. Carolina can simply have more tent cities as more people loose their jobs and their homes.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

i disagree.the reform of the cra in 98 started this.banks were fine until forced to give bad loans.government intervention NEVER WORKS.less regulation and low taxes will.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

He doesn't have to worry about his children going to college, or feeding them! He is a white male driven to power at any means. I hope The People of South Carolina put his ass out office before his term is over. He is a complet e JACK ASS with abow tie!

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

If Governor Sanford does not want stimulus money for South Carolina, I'd like to request that he call the pragmatic, Democratic Governor of my state (Ohio), Ted Strickland. I'm sure Governor Strickland would appreciate the extra money to stimulate Ohio's economy and create more jobs for the State's hard working people.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

Obviously you don't live in South Carolina. Officially it has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation (in reality it is the highest because we have long-term unemployed folks who have long been removed from the count; and still are not working). Yet, idiots like you are proud to support the king idiots who places MONEY before people. Oh, did the Governor tell you that he is selling his 3.5 million dollar summer house because he no longer needs it for HIS children? By-the-way, he still has NOT made any effort towards repairing that school that he said South Carolina was able to take care for itself. If this guy doesn’t give a crap about the people in the state where he was raised and lives, then what makes you believe that he gives a crap about YOU?? Do you really want him to become President of the USA?

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

Now lets try thinking goofy.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

Now try telling the truth.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

There's a lot of economic “cluelessness” all around here, but not much of it is coming from Mark Sanford. I don't know much about him, and he may be an idiot about lots of stuff, but he's absolutely right that excessive debt got us into this. I dare say it's inarguable.

That's where “bubbles” come from folks – too much leverage taken on to live an unearned lifestyle today, bidding up today's prices far beyond where they should have been (for houses, oil, corn, whatever). The only reason we didn't see higher inflation in other goods is because the Chinese were selling us stuff for 15% of what it used to cost us to make it, pushing those prices artificially down..

But we had been in a grotesque bubble. Now, government may actually succeed in re-inflating this bubble yet again (“again” because this last bubble was just a reinflation of the dot-com bubble that burst in 2000-2001) with the massive amounts of debt they are incurring on our behalf. But even if they do so, it's just going to happen agian, and one of these times (maybe this one), they just won't be able to do it anymore.

Why do people have such a hard time understanding that taking on massive debt is no more healthy for a country than it is for an individual? If I as an individual borrow lots of money today to live a lavish lifestyle that I haven't earned, can I call that “economic growth” or a “recovery”? Maybe, but only up until I actually have to pay the money back and it all comes crashing down.

But the “economists” on this thread who seem to get their vacuous economics lessons from talking point alert emails really should get a clue. I'm embarassed for them.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

i am. quit lissening to oprah

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

I never “lissened” to Oprah in the first place. Why don't you stop drinking the Kool Aid. Maybe then we can work on getting your head out of your @ss.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

If South Carolina didn't give away the farm to Mercedes Benz – like the car company doesn't pay property taxes over the next 20 years (not sure about the time span) maybe the state would have some cash.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

try economics. learn the outcome of policy so you can make money in stocks. for instance obama wasted so much money on his socialistic agenda that we had to print money.the inflation that is coming will cripple the poor.but i will make money in oil and food because of the shortages that will come.its a game .YOU CANT RELY ON GOVERNMENT IT WONT WORK

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

“i am. quit lissening to oprah”

“I never “lissened” to Oprah in the first place.”

See, you still don't know the truth!

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

Now you are a comedian.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

yea but i bet you buy oil stocks

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

Um no. The crisis was sparked by over leveraged banks, and idiotic investment practices. Blame does not reside in a single party either. Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act started it (under Clinton).

1) Banks make loans to people with bad credit and insufficient income at stupid rates to buy houses. They convince the rubes that they just have to hold the house for a while and refi as soon as the value has gone up enough to pay back the loan (cause real estate will increase in value… exponentially… forever… right)

2) Banks package these loans into mortgage backed securities and sell them to investors. The way that they were structured meant that the attached S&P rating was essentially pointless but investors bought them anyways. Fed was holding down rates so you had lots of money flying around. So now the bad mortgages have been distributed around and the poison spreads. As an added bonus folks like AIG insure these bad investments.

3) Continues like this for a while until the housing bubble becomes unsustainable and they run out of buyers. Lack of buyers pushes down price. Pushed down price means the idiots in 1) can't refi to pay back the loan they should have never gotten in the first place. They foreclose, adding another house to the market, driving prices down further, causing a cascading foreclosure problem.

4) Banks panic, seeing their house of cards collapse around them and suddenly realize no one is willing to buy their MBSs anymore. So now they are sitting on bad debt and realized they are over leveraged 25:1. Hence credit crunch.

So yes, you and Gov Sanford are both clueless. What do you do in bad times? Deficit spend. It worked in the past and will work now (or are you one of the loons who believes that FDR caused the depression or some other nonsense?). Problem is that you are supposed to then NOT deficit spend in good times and actually build a surplus. That way when the next bubble comes around, you have the surplus to deficit spend without causing harmful levels of inflation.

Yes, our society's spending habits are incredibly naive and foolish. Spending forever and building ever larger deficits is a time bomb that must be stopped as soon as possible. But not now. If you don't deficit spend in a recession, it can turn into a depression.

What is worse: building a trillion in debt or, 20% unemployment, deflation, and collapse of world trade. Wait don't answer. I've had enough wingnuttery for today. Just go ahead and move along with your economics expertise you got from fox business or CNBC while the rest of us profit in the climate.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

He is a fool, not the funny, talented kind. I called his office and asked about the Confederate flag, they said the matter was already decided. Imagine the symbolic image of a plantation-owning family (Sanford) running against a family (Michelle Obama's) who has real history of slavery on a Charleston/Georgetown plantation. Is Sanford going to use the Confederate flag in his ads? I sure would if I was running against him. He is a tacit supporter of the pre-Civil Rights America's racial policies. Should we let him try to turn all America into a plantation? That is the economic plan he is really suggesting here. A world of “owners” and “slaves.”

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

You are right to be embarrassed, cuz you are clueless, in addition to regurgitating incorrect information. Spending by the collective “us” did not get us here. Try as you may the facts cannot be disputed. Greed got us here. Greed and a bunch of MBA's eho decided that there was no meaningful regulation and what there was was underfunded and years behind. They invented instruments which were “FAKE, and FRAUD.” They paid credit rating bureaus to falsify their work, and sold the result all over the world. Don't you try to blame this mess on us! This is not about debt, this is about fraud, misrepresentation and a lack of Government oversight. It is Mark Sanford's overspending, if South Carolina is in debt. You will try to blame their problems on a Democratic Legislature, but you better do some fact checking if you do. Stop trying to place the blame on us and allow it to fall where it belongs.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

The point being made is there's a better way.


If your way forward is so much better, why don't you tell us?

Leadership requires communication. Something the GOP has yet to figure out….

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[...] Dave Weigel calls this a national ad, which is false in the technical sense — it’s only airing in South Carolina — but true in the larger one. Sanford’s barred from running again by term limits and the state’s Republican establishment has been careful to distance itself from him on the stimulus, so there’s only one reason he’d go to the trouble of defending himself this way. In fact, I suspect it’s precisely because there’s no political cost to him in doing so that explains why no other GOP governor beat him to it. A YouTube communique from Sarahcuda detailing why she wants to turn down some of the money in the name of fiscal responsibility would be an out-of-body experience for the conservative base but rich attack ad material for whichever Democrat challenges her next year. For the moment, Sanford has the field to himself. Smart guy to take advantage. [...]

Wrong Truth
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

He is fruit-loopy. What is it going to be ” to debt or not to debt”. He'll take the money to pay the state debt, but doesn't think it's good to send the country into more debt by taking money for education, altough by taking the money, for anything, he's adding to the federal debt. “You go into debt to pay my debt.” he says. What a walking-talking contradiction.It is clear his family owned slaved. Just like a slave owner, let's not educate. We'll keep it like it was before they free. And trust me, the educational system in South Carolina would pass Forest Gump off as a genius. The GOP is resting all it's hopes on Yogi Bear's(Palin) or Bullwinkle (Stanford). What a sad state of affairs. Also in '06, when I lived there, he got in trouble for a racial slur. He's not going to fly in 12, 16 or ever. Palin will have the same problem.

Wrong Truth
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

Here's the problem with Sanford. He'll take the money, just not for education. He asked the White House if he could use the 700 million allotted for education to pay down the state's debt. If he takes any or part, he's adding to the national debt, so how does he say he's against it.

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

Hmm, it was OK that Clinton lead Arkansas to dead last in education. Are you that transparent of a partisan or do you just choose to ignore facts that don’t play to your way of thinkinG?

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

even clinton admitted dems to blame for crisis.dodd,frank,reid,and pulosi working with obama will surely destroy this country go socialism

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

Gov. Sanford is a virtual nitwit. For someone who has ran South Carolina aground in just two terms his audacity roils. It is in SC that I encountered as many potholes in state and city roads as I saw on the roads of Edo State (Nigeria). He talks of debt as if he's not the one who accumulated the one that SC is currently laboring under. This man is completely nuts. Imagine the illogic of his argument: the country is down and reeling from massive unemployment resulting from a collapse in demand; so, what to do: and there comes Dr. Jackass Sanford with the magic solution: liquidate all debts …liquidate all taxes…liquidate all government spending….liquidate education….roads….! This man is completely out of his mind. I suggest that he be put away in some island institution as he is a clear and present danger not only to himself and his family, but to all who may potentially be exposed to his toxic self. - The Mario Solis Marich Show » GOV. MARK SANFORD LAUNCHES ANTI-STIMULUS TV AD
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Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

This is why we need Education! It's “lose” not loose. Please Sanford, give the kids a chance to be educated!

Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

I don't understand the purpose of this advertising approach. Why isn't he using the funds raised for this venture to pay down the state debt of South Carolina? In fact, why does the state even have any debt? What could possibly be worth borrowing for?

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[...] this Governor Mark Sanford is!!! Can someone tell me how Governor Mofo has come up with funds for some BS anti-stimulus ad or where those funds came from???   It’s a shame he truly doesn’t give a Sugar Free [...]

Comment posted April 10, 2009 @ 6:35 am

Well, you get want you vote into office. Next time make a wiser decision.

Comment posted April 10, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

Well, you get want you vote into office. Next time make a wiser decision.

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