Archive for June, 2010

June 30, 2010

Transaction Tax is a Viable Alternative

Contributed by Rusty DePass

Managerial experts tell us the height of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.  Every day commentators and politicians ring their hands over how to get enough money to run the government but no one seems able to come up with a better idea than adding more and more taxes on top of each other.  Enough of this insanity!

I don’t want more sales taxes and I don’t want more property taxes and I don’t want residential property treated differently from other property.  My (probably former) legislative friends and Gov. Beasley may

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June 30, 2010

What do we want?

Contributed by David John Weaver

Folks, what do we want for our Country? What policies do we need?

I propose term-limits for all Federal Elected Officials of no more than 12 years in any capacity or combination thereof. For example, you could serve on-term of US Congressman of two years and serve one-term as a US Senator of six years, you would only be able to serve one-term as President of four years for a total of 12 years. NO RETIREMENTS for any Federally Elected Officials! Send them back to their homes to go back to work and enjoy the legislation they’ve passed for us.

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June 29, 2010

How to Live In the South, Tip #1

Contributed by Jodi Paige

I have a mixed marriage.  My husband, Ed, is from the North, and I was born and raised in the South.  Despite the fact that Ed has now lived here for 25 years, he still marvels/complains about how slow we Southerners can be.  I don’t mean intellectually…I mean the actual speed by which we get business done.  And if you’re not from the South, you may also be wondering, “What the heck is taking these folks so long?”

If you’re a good sleuth, there are really plenty of clues all around you.

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June 29, 2010

You can’t make this stuff up!

Contributed by Win Hughey

Well South Carolina, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! Here we are two weeks after the surprise upset of Vic Rawl by Alvin Greene, who will be the democratic challenger to face Senator Jim DeMint, in the November election. An unknown man, a modest man, a man who served his

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June 29, 2010

Running for Political Office for Dummies: 2010

Contributed by Brian Fisher

So, with all the current self-help books out there, such as Computer for Dummies or Sex for Dummies, I figured it would be helpful to write a quick 5 step guide to help one run for office if you ever feel the urge.  So, if you are considering a run for office any time soon, this is a must read.

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June 28, 2010

You Want Clean Energy – Stop Coddling the Auto Unions!

Contributed by David John Weaver

It’s time to wake up! Oil prices are rising more and more daily. Now, with the Gulf Oil Spill reaching Day 54 and no end in sight, the Obama Administration has placed a 6 month moratorium on new drilling. This is an extremely short sighted position considering our Nation’s need for oil and the jobs it creates.

Almost everything we own has oil in it or in the manufacturing process.

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June 28, 2010

How do we improve education in SC?

Contributed by Elliott Dominick

What do we do to fix education in America today?  Do we hold teachers more accountable?  How about the kids or even better yet the parents of our youngsters in school?  Should we treat every child as if he or she was going to college? What about administrators?  Does their need to be more discipline in the classroom, harder curriculum or maybe we should hire more educators to decrease the student to teacher ratio.

All of the questions listed above are valid questions and

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June 28, 2010

Amendment X

Contributed by Paul G. Gurley

The 10th Amendment to The United States Constitution is as follows:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is really quite simple and

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June 26, 2010

AmericaSpeaks – a national discussion on our budget priorities

Contributed by Shell Suber

Today, I attended AmericaSpeaks – a national simul-cast townhall meeting to discuss America’s budget priorities – as an observer from The Felkel Group. I was also asked by AmericaSpeaks to report on the meeting for Carolina Soapbox which served as the official blogger of the Columbia meeting.

Below is the official “preliminary report” with the top line numbers and results of the meetings, including numbers of participants and budget solutions they preferred. Therefore, I won’t go into those details. Rather, I will simply list a few of my observations from the floor

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June 26, 2010

My Own Little Soapbox

Contributed by Jamie Lee Rogers

I have always wanted an outlet so that I could express the way I felt about South Carolina Politics and local politics, my parents on the other hand feel that I may feel way too strongly about politics and that I am “attached” to the idea of myself being in politics. It is highly possible that I am way too involved, but that’s not the point, the point is that I have ideas that need to be expressed and heard by all the people of South Carolina.

I have been involved in the political arena since the age of 14 when I interned for Senator Lindsey Graham and worked on my first campaign, Victory 2004.

Right from the moment

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