Theodore's World: Republican Gov.-elect Nikki Haley Speaks Out Beautifully To Obama: “The people of South Carolina want their money back”

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December 05, 2010

Republican Gov.-elect Nikki Haley Speaks Out Beautifully To Obama: “The people of South Carolina want their money back”

“The people of South Carolina want their money back.”

Republican Gov.-elect Nikki Haley said President Barack Obama agreed Thursday to consider letting South Carolina opt out of this year's federal health care overhaul if the state comes up with its own solutions to meet some of the important conditions of the national legislation.

Haley was among a group of newly elected governors -- most of them Republicans -- who met with the Democratic president at the Blair House, the guest house across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.

Haley says she told Obama that South Carolina could not afford the health care mandate, and that it would cripple small businesses.

"I respectfully asked him to consider repealing the bill," she said, to which he clearly stated he would not. "I pushed him further and said if that's the case, because of states' rights, would you at least consider South Carolina opting out of the program?"

Obama told her he would consider letting South Carolina opt out, she said, if the state could find its own solution that included a state exchange, preventing companies from bumping people for preexisting conditions and allowing insurance pooling.

"I think it's something we go back to South Carolina and start crunching," she said. "This is not about expecting what's given. This is about saying we're going to fight this every step of the way and use every option possible."

Haley said she also asked the president if he would honor the federal government's commitment on developing a nuclear waste repository. When he said he would not revisit opening Nevada's Yucca Mountain, "I said, 'Then give us our money back.' "

The site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas was proposed to house more than 4,000 metric tons of high-level nuclear waste from South Carolina's Savannah River Site. The state and Washington have sued over Obama's attempt to kill plans for the storage site after decades of study.

"SRS has done a good job, but that was a temporary solution. It was never meant to be a permanent solution," Haley said she told him. "The federal government has reneged on its promise, and the people of South Carolina want their money back."

South Carolina's power plants and its customers have contributed more than $1 billion over nearly 30 years to a permanent repository.

She says Obama pledged that he would have Energy secretary Steven Chu call her promptly.

"I will wait for that phone call, and if I don't get it, I will be calling, but I feel he was being genuine," she said.


Wild Thing's comment.......

I like how she held Obama's feet to the fire. I think she also knows there is a biig chance she will not be getting that phone call.

Posted by Wild Thing at December 5, 2010 02:40 AM


Haley represents our attempt to take America back from DC. The grass roots movement will have to originate in the states and with their governors. Nikki Haley, Jan Brewer, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry and other governors are really standing up for the Tenth Amendment of The US Constitution. Governors and state legislatures will be the rallying points.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at December 5, 2010 10:46 AM

Tom, well said and the names you mentioned I agree so much, they will and have been leading the charge of Gov.'s.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 5, 2010 04:27 PM