I was humbled, thankful and pleased to see The Post and Courier’s endorsement of my re-election this morning. If you missed it, I thought you might like to see it and, for that reason, have attached it below.
Thank you for your part in the efforts of the last two years that led to them writing what they did this morning…
I hope we talk soon,
Return Sanford to the House
October 31, 2016
Virtually unknown U.S. House candidate Mark Sanford was right 22 years ago when he called for sweeping federal entitlement reforms to avert a fiscal train wreck.
He still is.
And he deserves another term from voters in the 1st Congressional District.
Rep. Sanford recently stressed — again — the pressing, related problems of “debt, deficit and government spending,” telling us, “We are sleepwalking” toward a bottom-line debacle.
And while Rep. Sanford, then as now, often finds himself on the losing side of lopsided appropriations votes, he’s on the winning side of budgetary frugality. He has fully earned his longtime high marks from Citizens Against Government Waste, the National Taxpayers Union and other organizations committed to limited government.
That sharp focus, however, didn’t prevent him from correctly supporting federal funding for deepening Charleston Harbor so it could handle the larger cargo ships coming our way in the wake of the Panama Canal expansion. As he explained, that was a case of wisely investing in “a national resource.”
Yet he remains rightly worried about the reckless course of federal entitlements that keep growing due to “unlimited demand for a product that people perceive somebody else is paying for.”
So he persists in backing assorted efforts to advance overdue, though politically difficult, solutions to that defining problem of our time.
And while he fairly credits the lingering budget sequester with restraining federal spending, he laments its “blunt tool” impact via across-the-board caps: “It is not the way you should make decisions and how you should fund government.”
Rep. Sanford also offers a voice of reason on balancing anti-terror efforts with the vital mission of safeguarding American liberty: “As Republicans we get a little muddy on this. We are morphing in the name of fighting terrorism toward a level of surveillance that I think goes against what was laid out in the Bill of Rights.”
He is rightly wary, too, about the long-term retreat from legislative prerogatives on committing the U.S. military to armed conflicts: “Congress needs to reclaim its authority on being able to declare war.”
He hails the Colin Powell Doctrine: “Begin with an end in mind. Define the exit strategy.”
Then, if those indispensable elements aren’t in place: “Don’t go in.”
Unlike too many fellow Republicans, Rep. Sanford recognizes the threat posed by climate change. He points to the effects of it he has already seen at his family’s farm near Beaufort.
While he at first was OK with seismic testing off our state’s coast to study the feasibility of offshore drilling, he now opposes it due to constituents’ concerns: “I have a willingness to listen carefully to the district instead of Washington. I spend a lot of time out listening to folks.”
And he has spent a lot of time as a consistent advocate of conservative, constitutional government.
Yes, Mr. Sanford went through a self-inflicted personal scandal during his second term as governor. But he has been a force for fiscal responsibility in the House, before and after his governorship.
First District voters should give him another term.