A Steve Benen post reminded me of this moment from Barack Obama's address to the joint session of Congress:
During President Obama's address to Congress last month, he pointed to Ty'Sheoma Bethea, a young girl in South Carolina whose school is falling apart. Bethea, who sat next to the First Lady, had written a letter to Congress.
"Bethea has been told that her school is hopeless, but the other day after class she went to the public library and typed up a letter to the people sitting in this room. She even asked her principal for the money to buy a stamp. The letter asks us for help, and says, 'We are just students trying to become lawyers, doctors, congressmen like yourself and one day president, so we can make a change to not just the state of South Carolina but also the world. We are not quitters.'"
Well, guess what? The money to refurbish Bethea's school is part of the $700 million that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford wants to reject. Ali Frick links to a devastating CNN report that makes Sanford out to be quite a villain, noting that Sanford's rejection of the stimulus money would also result in 7,500 teachers being fired in South Carolina.