Eckstrom Announces Bombing Campaign
A tireless crusader against rampant waste, inefficiency and duplication in South Carolina's bloated higher education system, State Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom (left) announced this morning that he is fed up with being out-voted on the Budget and Control Board and is taking matters into his own hands.
"Since the Budget and Control Board refuses to back the governor and eliminate the higher ed pork, then I have no choice but to protect the taxpayers the old-fashioned way, also known as the Old Testament way," Eckstrom said. "We have identified several targets for elimination and our strategic bombing campaign against them will begin immediately."
South Carolina has 33 state-supported colleges and universities at over 80 campus locations (or 1.7 campuses per county), a huge number for a state with a population of just 4 million. As a result, South Carolina spends 17% of its budget on higher ed as opposed to the national average of 10%.
"I hope USC-Salkahatchie, USC-Union and all the other targets out there are reading this message loud and clear," Eckstrom said. "Get out now because we are about to bomb you back to the stone age."