While North Carolina's current and next Governors were in Philadelphia begging for federal bailout money, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has been taking the opposite position. He has been urging Congress to reject the increasing financial paternalism of throwing taxpayers' money at various problems.
Sanford's main objection is the use of borrowed money. In an interview with Stateline.org he said, "There’s just something mathematically and
morally wrong with having folks from across the country go out and bail
out states that, in many cases, spent at a faster rate than the federal
Sanford also put the rest of the country on notice with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal entitled, "Don't Bail Out My State."
Despite being outspoken on runaway government spending, Sanford was recently elected by his fellow GOP governors as the Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
Conservatives should keep an eye on Sanford and his fellow governors. Conservative solutions to the nation's problems will be coming from the states and their leaders. (Check out Governor Sanford's recommended budget CUTS on his state website.)