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Check the front page of most South Carolina newspapers today and you’ll find a story on the state’s Gov. Mark Sanford.

Sanford has made a name for himself of late by grandstanding against the federal stimulus plan, which so far is the best idea anyone has put forward to jump start the sagging American economy.

After making a lot of noise, Sanford — who is widely believed to be positioning himself for a presidential run in 2012 — accepted more than $2 billion in stimulus funds for Medicaid, transportation and other uses.

He’s in the headlines right now, though, for refusing to accept $700 million for education. Sanford is one of two governors who are so far rejecting that aid. The other? Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska (who, of course, also thinks the White House is in her future).

Even many of Sanford’s fellow Republicans in South Carolina oppose his stance.

But the governor’s position against accepting money for schools does have a perverse logic. After all, better education for South Carolinians might not be in his best interest. Smarter voters might be less willing to support him in any future electoral forays.

Keith Graham

Keith Graham

Keith Graham was among the recipients of the prestigious Stella Artois prize at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival. Named for a blind piano player, he is also well known for always giving money to street accordion players. A quotation that he considers meaningful comes from the Irish writer Roddy Doyle: "The family trees of the poor don't grow to any height." In addition to contributing to Like the Dew, Keith frequently posts quotations and links and occasionally longer articles at http://tartantambourine.com/