In for a penny, in for a pound

By | Oct 21, 2009


By Sarah Breger

Two South Carolina GOP officials published an article defending Republican Sen. Jim DeMint—who was attacked for letting federal money go to other states—by using some previously unknown Jewish wisdom.

There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves. By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation’s pennies and trying to preserve our country’s wealth and our economy’s viability to give all an opportunity to succeed.

The Jewish Democratic South Carolinan Sen. Joel Lourie said he was “outraged by the remark. DeMint himself called the comments “thoughtless and hurtful” while State GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd also called the statement absolutely unacceptable.

The two officials later apologized for their remarks. [HuffPo, AP]

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