South Carolina State University has become a fiscal Bermuda Triangle. Money goes in and is never seen again. In fact, with a graduation rate of 14%, not much of anything comes out. With the downward swirl of misfeasance, malfeasance, corruption and incompetence the university has become a model of shrinking enrollment (down 40% since 2007), cutbacks, and low graduation rates.
With a debt of at least $87 million (does that include the $6 million loan note due in four months?), the school is a self-created vacuum from which it cannot escape. Some think it should not escape and the only reasonable solution to the debacle is to close it down.
But that debate is for other people and other places. Mine is another question; a curiosity I need entertained.
Why haven’t the tax-payers’ champions spoken out? Where is the Tea Party?
The Tea Party in South Carolina was very vocal about raising sales taxes by a penny to pay for building new roads in the state and repairing the mammoth mileage of deteriorating pavement. The group got real angry when Governor Nikki Haley proposed a diminishing income tax paired with a rise in gasoline taxes, also for the sake of fixing the road and highway system.
To the taxpayers’ rescue came the Tea Party and the sanctimonious libertarians that are the movement’s Svengalis.
But when it comes to South Carolina State – a kick in the taxpayer privates if ever there was one – the Teeps are silent. I suspect that is so for one of two reasons.
The Tea Party has been unfairly branded as extremely conservative and racist. The latter is primarily an effect of the media and Democrat Party collusion to brand as racist anyone who balks at kissing Barack Obama’s ring. Now, to make the fiscally sound argument to close the failure that is South Carolina State University, the South Carolina Tea Party may be too afraid of the certain backlash. This is what’s called playing politics, the very sin Teeps revile just after taxes and immigration.
The other possibility is that the Tea Party is a group of hypocrites. Tax dollars are being not just wasted, but gravitating to the pockets of corrupt officeholders and university cronies. So why are SCSU tax sins any less egregious than any other?
Are Tea Party vocalists afraid of black politicians? Are they really serious about being “taxed enough already?”
The answer is probably in all of the above, plus one. The South Carolina State scandal does not involve the public figures Tea Party leaders really want to target – Republicans. The SC TP loves to attack Nikki Haley and the state GOP. They get paid to do so – paid from out-of-state sources with very singular interests. The pols most involved in the SCU debacle are either Democrats or Republicans who DO want to severely restrict (or finish) the school.
Once again – hypocrites.
What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got?