by William Moultrie
Columbia, SC – Governor Nikki Haley wasn’t trying to be a hero when she vetoed $453,680 from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) budget earmarked for the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, but try telling that to the group Taxes Are Rape Too (TART).
On Wednesday, TART announced that Haley would be honored as their “TART of the Year” for her actions in vetoing funding for rape prevention in South Carolina. TART spokesman Duncan Proctor lauded Haley for her “courage in the face of nearly universal criticism that always accompanies this type of decision.”
In vetoing the funds for the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Haley stated that spending the money on a rape prevention program would “distract from the agency’s broader mission of protecting South Carolina’s public health.”
“Nikki Haley is a true American hero,” continued Proctor, “she’s not afraid to let people think she doesn’t care if women in South Carolina are raped or abused, not that we’re saying that Nikki Haley doesn’t care if women in South Carolina are raped or abused, because we are emphatically not saying that Nikki Haley doesn’t care if women in South Carolina are raped or abused.”
Critics have charged that Haley is putting politics ahead of women’s health, and that she is more interested in playing the part of an uncompromising fiscal conservative on the national stage than she is in governing her state.
“We hear those kind of complaints all the time,” said Proctor, “but we agree with the governor that funding this rape prevention program is a distraction from the real goal of DHEC which is to keep all of the state’s citizens healthy, not just the girls and women. And who’s to say that having to a little more personal accountability and diligence in preventing your own rape or abuse doesn’t help build character and lead to a healthier, more confident populace.”
Proctor said that even if the veto is overridden by the state legislature, Haley will remain the group’s “TART of the Year.”
“Once you’re a TART, you’re always a TART, and Nikki Haley is our TART, embodying everything Taxes Are Rape Too stands for. And never forget, taxpayers are the real victims in our society.”