(For best results, have this song playing in the background while you read this. And try to remember you are not in the Twilight Zone — just the Palmetto State.)
After the House unanimously voted on Tuesday to overturn Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of nearly half a million dollars in rape crisis center funding, South Carolina’s first female governor did what any nationally-recognized stateswoman would do… she vented about it on the Internet. You know, like Hillary and Condi!
Gov. Haley took to her Facebook page and denounced what she called the “Coalition of Domestic Violence” (apparently the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is some sort of front organization which actually supports domestic violence! How insidious!) for asking lawmakers to fund South Carolina’s 15 rape crisis centers.
“Special interests made their way into the DHEC budget,” Haley wrote about the rape crisis center funding. “It’s wrong and another loophole for legislators and special interests to use.”
Because in Bizarro World, rape victims are considered “special interests!” Unlike companies such as Walmart and Boeing, who receive millions more than the rape crisis center funding in tax breaks each year.
“Loopholes for special interests are only okay when they’re being used by people who have donated enough to your campaign, or who share your similar “interests” of furthering your political power and mutual backscratching,” one of Gov. Haley’s Facebook pals responded. “Right? Right? Otherwise they are unacceptable and wrong.”
“Let’s be number one in this great U.S. for something,” responded another commenter. “We are quickly going to be #1 in domestic violence.”
“As a South Carolinian, I appreciate your refusal to allow this special interest group to manipulate you in the name of charity and benevolence,” commented yet another Haley fan, presumably also referring to those pesky rape victims.
Now that’s the kind of rational(izing) thought and can’t-do attitude that comes in handy in Bizarro World!
We can certainly see the governor’s logic in not wanting the Department of Health and Environmental Control to pay for crisis counseling and other services to people who have been sexually assaulted. Those freeloading rape victims have been coddled by Big Guv’mint for too long! It’s time for them to pull themselves up by their bootstraps (assuming their rapist didn’t steal them, of course) and pay for their own damn victim services.
After all, South Carolina has one of the highest sexual assault rates in the country… If we start running Guv’mint like a business, we could be making some real money!
…Which we could then give to our good friends Walmart and Boeing as tax breaks, of course. Welcome to Bizarro World, everybody!
House Democrats were not quite as favorable to the governor’s characterization of rape victims as special interests. “This is one of the most offensive things I’ve ever heard a governor say,” said Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Denmark), a noted ally of the nefarious Rape Victim Lobby. “These victims deserve our help and support. What they do not deserve is ridicule and name-calling from their own governor.”
Minority Leader Harry Ott called on Gov. Haley to apologize for calling out the Rape Victim Lobby, as well as for referring to sexual assault victims as a “distraction” in her earlier veto message.
“A distraction is firing Darla Moore,” commented Rep. Boyd Brown (D-Fairfield). “A distraction is what she did with the Port of Charleston and sending that business to the state of Georgia. This is a disgrace, ladies and gentlemen. This is not a distraction and the governor should be ashamed of herself.”
Back in our sad reality, you can watch Tuesday’s discussion of the rape crisis center veto below:
The state Senate will take up the rape crisis center funding and other vetoes Wednesday afternoon. Count on Palmetto Public Record to let you know whether senators give in to the powerful Rape Victim Lobby and restore the funding.