In “What About Bob?,” Bill Murray famously said,
There are two types of people in this world: Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don’t. My ex-wife loves him.
So true. And the same might truthfully be said about the phrase that Gov. Nikki Haley requires Cabinet-agency employees to utter when they answer the phone at work: “It’s a great day in South Carolina!”
There are some of us who find such chipper cheerleading off-putting, and are appalled at the idea that serious people with serious jobs are required to say it, regardless of the context of the call, thousands of times.
There are others who see it as harmless, perhaps even charming.
In any case, Vincent Sheheen has a new TV ad pitched to appeal to those of us in the first group:
NEW TV AD: “Great Day” Uses Haley Catch Phrase to Hit Her on Failures for Families“It’s a great day in South Carolina! For Nikki Haley, maybe. But not for South Carolina families.”Camden, SC – Sheheen for South Carolina today released a new television ad using Nikki Haley’s mandated state catch phrase to shine light on her dishonesty, incompetence and unethical record that has hurt South Carolina’s hardworking families. The spot, “Great Day” will begin airing today as part of a substantial six-figure statewide TV buy. “Great Day” is the sixth television ad Sheheen for South Carolina has run in the 2014 gubernatorial campaign.“Nikki Haley says it’s a great day in South Carolina, but that’s just not true for our hardworking families. Nikki Haley has lied about her jobs numbers, hurt public education, sent our tax dollars to New Jersey, covered-up her worst scandals, and continually refuses to be honest with the people of South Carolina – starting from the moment she and her staff answer the phone,” said Andrew Whalen, Sheheen’s campaign manager. “South Carolinians deserve a governor who cares more about how things are on the ground than about how she can spin it on national television. It’s time for honest leadership and real accountability from a governor South Carolina can trust.”
Here’s supporting material the campaign sent out as part of the release:
Claim Backup “Hello! It’s a great day in South Carolina.” Call Nikki Haley’s state government and that’s what you hear.
ALT: Call Nikki Haley’s office and that’s what you hear.
But Nikki Haley vetoed teacher pay increases
CG: Nikki Haley
CG: Vetoed Teacher Pay
“Gov. Haley Vetoes $10 Million for Teacher Raises,” Robert Kittle, WSAV, 7/06/2012:
Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed 81 items from South Carolina’s budget, including $10 million for local school districts to give teachers raises.
while giving her own staff raises.
CG: Gave Her Staff Raises
“Gov. Haley sets premium staff pay,” Jim Davenport, Associated Press, 1/13/2011:
Gov. Nikki Haley will pay her chief of staff $125,000 per year, a salary that eclipses her own pay and is $27,000 more than former Gov. Mark Sanford paid his chief of staff, according to records obtained today by The Associated Press.
It’s a great day in South Carolina! And Haley sent our Medicaid dollars to other states,
CG: Nikki Haley
CG: Opposed Medicaid, Depriving Thousands of Healthcare
“SC’s poorest left out if Medicaid expansion turned down,” Joey Holleman, The State, 1/16/2013:
Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer surprised many Monday by saying she would support Medicaid expansion in her state, saying if Arizona turned down the money it would just go to insure citizens of other states. S.C. House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, said he hopes Haley will make the same decision, noting South Carolina can accept the expansion money and back out of the program in three years when the federal money runs out.
Kaiser Health News, 11/26/2013:
About 1 million people are enrolled in Medicaid in South Carolina. The state estimates nearly 300,000 people are eligible but not enrolled. In its fiscal year ending June 30, the state expects about 130,000 people to enroll, and that number will grow to 162,000 by June 30, 2015.
If the state had expanded Medicaid under the health law, it would have extended coverage to another 340,000 people.
denying healthcare to seniors South Carolina’s Office on Aging explains the benefits to seniors 55 and over, but because of Nikki Haley seniors aged 55 to 64 are not covered by Medicaid expansion.
South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging:
Benefits available to Senior Citizens in South Carolina….
Automobile insurance credit is mandated for persons who are 55 years of age or older and have successfully completed a driver training course approved by the Department of Public Safety
and children. By not expanding Medicaid thousands of children who are eligible for coverage are far less likely to receive coverage. Numerous studies, and the results from states that have expanded coverage have shown that doing so drastically increases the number of children covered.
“Administration touts benefits of Medicaid expansion for children,” Ferdous Al-Faruque, The Hill, 7/11/2014:
States that expanded access to Medicaid under ObamaCare greatly increased access to healthcare for the poor, especially for children, according to the Obama administration….
The CMS study notes the 26 states and the District of Columbia, which expanded Medicaid, saw 17 percent more people enroll in the Medicaid and CHIP programs.
Overall, the agency says 11.4 percent more people enrolled in CHIP and Medicaid by the end of May compared to average enrollment between July and September 2013.
“Medicaid Coverage for Parents Under the Affordable Care Act,” Georgetown University Center for Families and Children, June 2012:
Increasing coverage among parents is expected to have a number of positive impacts…. Parent coverage also appears to increase children’s coverage, as studies and state experience have consistently shown that covering parents improves their children’s coverage rates.
“Coverage of Parents Helps Children, Too,” Leighton Ku and Matt Broaddus, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 10/20/2006:
Covering low-income parents in programs such as Medicaid and SCHIP increases enrollment by eligible children, with the result that fewer children go uninsured. Studies show that expansions of coverage for low-income parents lead to greater Medicaid or SCHIP participation by eligible children and reduce the percentage of eligible children who remain uninsured. The studies also indicate that covering parents helps eligible low-income children retain their coverage when it comes up for renewal so that fewer children lose insurance at that time, improving the continuity of children’s coverage and reducing the number of periods without insurance.
a great day in South Carolina! And Haley’s Department of Social Services has failed our most vulnerable children.
CG: Nikki Haley
CG: DSS Children Abused, Even Killed
“DSS Death: ‘The System Failed Robert’,” Clark Fouraker, WLTX, 2/24/2014:
Despite multiple reports to the South Carolina Department of Social Services, steps were never taken to remove Robert Guinyard Jr. from his home before he died.
“They were notified on multiple occasions of abuse with this child,” said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.
“SC senator: DSS must face questions about child abuse deaths,” Adam Beam, The State, 10/3/2013:
Laura Hudson, a member of the state Child Fatality Advisory Committee that reviews suspicious child deaths, said 312 children have died since 2009 while involved in one way or another with Social Services.
DSS, child protective services will be audited in light of safety concerns,” Prentiss Findlay, Post and Courier, 11/27/2012:
Reports of children starved to death, sexually abused for months and dying of treatable illness prompted a local legislator Monday to call for an audit of the state Department of Social Services.
a great day in South Carolina! For Nikki Haley, maybe. But not for South Carolina families.
CG: Nikki Haley
CG: Hurting South Carolina
What do you think of it?
It’s a great day for the political consultants and media buyers who have driven Sheheen’s campaign into the ground.
Based on the campaign strategy Sheheen has followed, we have a choice next month between Nikki Haley and Not Nikki Haley. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
Sheheen lost by 5 points last time. He needs to convince 6% of the population to switch their votes and keep every voter he had four years ago. There is no general dissatisfaction with Haley that would suggest he can flip 6%.
Haley was beatable. Sheheen blew it.