Governor Mark Sanford, for those keeping track of such things, is one of the few governors to refuse federal stimulus funds, specifically rejecting funding that would allow him to avoid laying off hundreds of teachers.
In a discussion with batshit insane conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck, Sanford refused to endorse Beck’s bizarre scenario about the possible consequences of the feds backing loans to California. Beck claimed:
So, if they bail out California, they bail out Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, what would stop them from saying, “You know what, let’s just stop with the state taxes because we just all have to be in this together, we just all have to help each other”? And instead of — instead of rewarding states like yours or Texas, that’s trying to be responsible, they will just penalize. They’ll just take that money and it will be the end of state rights.
Sanford rejected the idea that the feds would block states from taxing their citizens, telling Beck: “I don’t believe in the conspiracy theory.”
Ben Stein, frontman most recently for creationist propaganda in Expelled, was less sane than the man willing to destroy his state’s educational system to make a point. He nodded throughout Beck’s addled fantasy, and as soon as Beck’s stream of consciousness caught on a momentary clog, Stein interjected “I think that’s part of the plan.”
The man will say any stupid thing to stay in front of a camera.