By Paul Gable
Now that the SC General Assembly has overwhelmingly voted to override the veto of the Farm Aid Bill by Gov. Nikki Haley, Time Magazine may want to rethink how influential Haley really is.
Time recently named Haley one of Time’s 100 Most Influential Leaders.
After losing votes of 39-3 in the SC Senate and 112-2 in the SC House, you have to seriously question if Haley is one of the 100 most influential people in Columbia. I would say no.
Haley’s veto of the Farm Aid Bill was always a loser.
There are over 25,000 farms in the state that cultivate over five million acres of land. When the October 2015 rains wiped out many crops, it was obvious many had suffered catastrophic loss.
It is estimated over $400 million of crops were destroyed by the resultant flooding.
But, aiding suffering farmers is not something that draws national headlines. Therefore, it is of no interest to Haley.
Haley had no problem declaring the “1000 year flood” and requesting federal aid for those affected by the storm.
She was merely unwilling to give some aid on the state level, aid that many farmers in South Carolina need, but does not put Haley’s name in national headlines.
While ignoring the plight of farmers around the state, Haley was more interested in the “A Great Day SC” PAC that is raising money to target state lawmakers Haley doesn’t like.
Included in the list of Haley hit targets is Horry County’s Luke Rankin.
Haley blames Rankin for the failure of the SC Senate to pass an Ethics Reform Bill.
Whether that characterization is fair or not, I would submit that Haley was the beneficiary several years ago of the same ethics laws that she now wants to change.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Nikki.
The Great Day PAC is not only running a negative ad against Rankin, but also is reportedly supporting the candidacy of Rankin’s primary opponent Scott Pyle in SC Senate District 33.
That says everything Horry County voters need to know about the SC Senate District 33 race.
If Haley’s for Pyle, it’s in the best interests of Horry County voters to be “agin him.”