After being irresponsible with her state's infrastructure, and after lying about her state's unemployed citizens being on drugs, and after vowing not to expand federally-funded Medicaid to cover more of her low-income citizens (deceitfully implying that it would be mostly state-funded) ... South Carolina Republican Governor Nikki Haley wants plenty of federal assistance to repair her flood-ravaged state.
And when recently asked about the resources she and her Republican colleagues put towards South Carolina's infrastructure, and whether it was enough for proper maintenance & improvement before the floods, she got "testy."
Isn't it ironic (or, perhaps "demonic" is the better word) that Haley has portrayed many of her less fortunate citizens as irresponsible and undeserving of federal aid, yet she wants federal aid... after her administration willfully neglected South Carolina's infrastructure? Interestingly, Haley has also demanded that some of her citizens receiving food assistance prove that they're looking for jobs (the Republican presumption, of course, is that all people receiving government assistance are lazy and gaming the system). Well, golly gee, shouldn't Haley have to prove she is adequately improving her state's infrastructure before she receives federal aid?
Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, representing South Carolina, has called for "whatever it takes" in the way of federal assistance to repair his state... just a few years after blocking such assistance for states hit by Hurricane Sandy - one of the most devastating hurricanes in U.S. history.
When asked why he voted "no" to help other states, Graham said he couldn't remember: "I don't really remember me voting that way... I don't really recall that" ("Graham opposed Sandy aid but wants help in South Carolina," CNN, October 6, 2015).
South Carolina is a warning - a warning about climate change, crumbling infrastructure, and what happens when you elect people who are more concerned with tax breaks for the wealthy than with the common good. It's also, unfortunately, a warning that we are likely to ignore. We will probably continue electing Republicans into high office, continue to watch our infrastructure deteriorate, and continue to pay dearly - in both lives and dollars.