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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

S.C. 80% Black Town has 24% Unemployment Rate

Well it's clear that SC Gov Sanford is 'playing race card' not only regarding unemployment benefits but childrens education as well. Now he is responding to President Obama. H/T to Kombiz Lavasany at the DNC for the link, regarding the plight of Allendale, S.C. You see, Ronnie Jackson – the mayor of Allendale, SC – was on MSNBC today talking about the important role the economic recover funds SC Gov. Sanford wants to reject could have on economic recovery efforts in his community. While Governor Sanford is playing 2012 politics South Carolinians are suffering with unemployment rate as high as 24%.

   South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
Tom Gralish / MCT

The segment is a really good view of what's going on in South Carolina while Sanford tries to grandstand for neo-hooverites in the Republican party.


AAPP: I'm glad that the
SC Legislature is moving to overide Gov. Sanford on Stimulus Funds.
yes, South Carolina's Republican-controlled General Assembly is poised to rebuff Sanford and seek the stimulus money on its own.

There is more, as reported by LIVE5 News, Sanford wrote a letter to the President last week, asking for permission to use the money to pay off debt. That money has been earmarked for education and job creation. Read the letter Sanford wrote to President Obama here.

Sanford has criticized the $787 billion stimulus plan, saying it will lead to higher taxes and debt.

Click here to read the letter sent to Sanford from 40 mayors who oppose using the stimulus to pay down state debt. More HERE

I can see why President Barack Obama has rejected SC governor's plan to pay debt with stimulus funds.

There is a big question to whether states can circumvent Anti-Stimulus Guvs? There are some people who are not taking the Governors action lightly. There are internet bloggers and activist from flooding Gov. Sanford's office with calls over the stimulus.

As reported by Denise Stewart at BlackAmericaWeb.com - Local and national pressure is mounting this week on South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford as he resists using all of that state’s federal stimulus money for the purposes set by the federal government.

South Carolina is to receive $8 billion from the massive $787 billion national stimulus package. Sanford, a Republican, wants to use about $700 million to pay down debt instead of using it to extend unemployment benefits and avoid layoffs in public schools and huge increases in college tuition.

Members of Color of Change, a national Internet-based network for black advocacy, began on Monday flooding the governor’s office with calls and will continue throughout the week, organization leaders said.

Also, a key committee in the State Senate voted Tuesday to take control of the stimulus if the governor fails to make decisions on spending it by April 3. Both the Senate and House must pass the legislation before it can take affect. More HERE

Ok, back to Allen Town. Here is more about Allen Town

Estimated median household income in 2007: $19,262 (it was $16,632 in 2000)
Allendale: $19,262
South Carolina: $43,329

Estimated median house or condo value in 2007: $69,352 (it was $43,700 in 2000)
Allendale: $69,352
South Carolina: $133,900

Mean prices in 2007: All housing units: $92,156; Detached houses: $98,667; In 2-unit structures: $136,563; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $133,102; Mobile homes: $30,430

Races in Allendale:

  • Black (80.0%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (17.8%)
  • Hispanic (2.2%)
  • Other race (1.0%)

For population 25 years and over in Allendale

  • High school or higher: 54.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.7%

Is it clear yet, that SC Gov Sanford is 'playing race card' ?

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