One of the messages Gov. Nikki Haley campaigned on was that while government can't do everything, they can still get things done. She also realizes that governments shouldn't just be paying attention to larger cities and income generators, the people living in the rural areas need help too. Well, she is putting her money where her mouth is. She has given all the left over funds from her inauguration ($200,000) and the $550,000 advance from her upcoming book. All profits from the book will also be given to this new foundation The Original Six.
The foundation will be a combination of government services, faith based groups and non profits that will go out into the community to see what the real needs of the people are and address those specific needs. Instead of the one size fits fixes that get forced upon people by government officials who really have no idea what goes on in these smaller, poorer communities.
It is high time in this country that we admit that these government programs that cost tax payers a fortune are not addressing the real needs of the people who they say they want to help. We need to get the communities themselves involved. Just ask the people in New Orleans that lived through the aftermath of Katrina who gave them the most help. It was faith based groups and NGO's who did the heavy lifting.
It is very refreshing to see a politician to keep her promise and really make a difference in the lives of the people she is being paid to represent. Gov. Haley has a promising future in the republican party.