Children have died in homes where parents were abusing drugs because the agency that is supposed to protect the state’s most vulnerable residents failed them, outraged child-safety advocates say.
At least five children have died and others are in danger unless the Department of Social Services removes children more quickly from homes where parents have drug abuse problems, according to the state’s Child Fatalities Review Committee. Caseworkers also must assure homes are safe before returning children to them, the committee said.
DSS has not acted on years of committee recommendations to change what the panel views as drug tolerance by agency leaders and decisions by caseworkers that put more children at risk.
While all three agencies play significant roles in protecting South Carolinians and should be the first concern of any Governor, Governor Sanford seems indifferent about them. Is he that indifferent to the safety and well-being of the people of South Carolina?
The pursuit of politics over competent management is more evidence that Sanford is a RINO of the highest degree - one who seeks to use politics to advance his personal ambitions. Unlike true conservatives who embrace the belief in the value of personal responsibility, RINO Sanford takes no responsibility for his actions, or the lack thereof, with regard to state government while he uses the GOP as a set of stepping stones. Instead, he goes after other parts of state government with a degree of hypocrisy seldom seen since the televangelists of the 80s.
Republicans should be appalled and demand that RINO Sanford clean up his own governmental house before he seeks to tackle the long-overdue mission of reforming the rest of state government.
If Sanford wants to run for President, he may want to stop throwing stones while standing in a glass house.