Ok, it’s official. Governor Sanford has rejected South Carolina’s share of the stimulus package, unless he is granted a waiver to pay down the state’s debt. It’s not surprising, but it is disappointing. The Governor’s action opens up the possibility of a constitutional crisis between Congress and the states.
Spending Clause jurisprudence requires that the state freely consent to conditional grants by the federal government. But not just any state official may give consent. The question of who is authorized to give consent to accept federal funding is a question of South Carolina state law, not federal law. Federal law can offer the states money to enforce federal mandates and even to pass legislation, but what it may not do is decide which state official is authorized to consent to federal grants that bind the state and its operations.”
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Can the nonprofits and religious communities of South Carolina accept the money on behalf of the people of South Carolina?
From an academic, political perspective, I wonder if this could be the undoing of the GOP in South Carolina. Many of the party’s base constituents are in a world of hurt, Reagan Democrats, conservative blue collar workers, suburban Republicans.>>What the GOP fails to understand is that it’s easy to be a conservative when times are good. But when you’re laid off, your health insurance is about to run out, your credit card is almost maxed out, and the mortgage company is calling, you want help. Even from the government.>>So let the Republicans be the party of Herbert Hoover. What goes around comes around.>>Doug