Nikki Haley raced to the Republican nomination for Governor as a candidate who was one of the people. For whatever reason, Haley was seen as the candidate who was one of us, striving to do good. However, as the glare of the Fall campaign starts to shine upon Haley, it looks like she is not one of us.
First, there are the late tax payments. Frankly, that does not bother VUI. Small business people pay their taxes late and make arrangements with the IRS and the South Carolina Department of Revenue. Such is to many the course of business. So, revelations about accountant Haley not paying taxes on time was ho hum at best.
But, then there were other issues that just stand out and make clear Nikki Haley is not "one of us," she is "one of them." Take for example the fact that her family income in one recent year was only $40,000. There is nothing wrong with that. South Carolina families make do on less. But, what is striking about Haley is that with that limited income, she was able to finance a $300,000 mortgage and a $100,000 line of credit.
Think about that, people. In a time when people who have never missed a payment in their lives are denied refinance mortgages because their home value has went down or their income to debt ratio is too high, Haley and her family were able to go in debt ten times the amount of their income. Try doing that without holding political office and power and see how well you do.
Of course, political power does have its perks. One of them is making money. Haley did dramatically increase her family income by working as a "consultant" for an engineering firm that does business with the state of South Carolina. How many people who show up at tea party gatherings and the like are able to "consult" on such a level?
It is something to think about. Nikki Haley has campaigned on being of the people, but her personal finances show she is not of the people at all. Forget the taxes. Just look at the loans approved and the consulting fees, and ask yourself if you or your family could have it so well? Indeed it appears that Nikki Haley turned her service in the SC House into a cash cow. Haley is not "one of us."
Haley has taken advantage of her position for personal gain, a trait that goes against conservative ideals. Further, her big loans and consulting fees are far removed from the average guy who wants government limited, but struggles to pay the power bill. That guy scrambles to keep the lights on and food on the table while Haley uses her position, paid for by that guy's tax dollars, to get sweetheart loans and big consulting fees.
Nope, Haley is not one of us. She's one of them. She preaches against big government while using government to feather her own nest. One can only imagine what will be for sale come next January.