Archive for July, 2010

July 29, 2010

The federal budget breakdown

Contributed by Shell Suber

While in New York last week I found myself in one of those “you know what is wrong with this country…” discussions I love to get into with my in-laws. They are from the NYC area and, while we agree on some matters of politics, we are miles apart on others, which is why I enjoy our conversations.

The discussion wound its way into a discussion of federal budget priorities, taxes and debt, which made me think of a piece Lisa Myers did for NBC Nightly News last spring. It breaks down how this year’s tax dollars were spent.

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July 28, 2010

Why I support the SC Fair Tax

Contributed by Bill Connor

With businesses closing, unemployment souring, and the overall economy at the lowest point in our lifetimes, we need help.  Jobs must be created by thousands of small businesses in our state.  We must encourage outside business to decide to relocate to South Carolina.  We should find a way to better spread taxes and to ensure working families and businesses are not bearing the entire burden.  To move forward, our tax system is the critical component.  It must encourage savings and tax consumption, not production.  The SC Fair Tax is the answer to all the aforementioned problems and the clear road to economic recovery.

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July 27, 2010

The Only Solution to Health Care

Contributed by Rusty DePass

The United States has the finest health care delivery system in the world.  Oh, I know you occasionally run into someone who says the system in France or Cuba or Canada is better, but you may be reasonably assured that those people are (1) Democrats, (2) stupid or gullible or both, and (3) inveterate liars or at a minimum willing to tell any kind of tall tale for the sake of their politics.  Am I repeating myself?

The simple fact is that people from all over the world come to this country for medical treatment if they can afford it.  

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July 26, 2010

Where is the love?

Contributed by Jodi Paige

I was born in 1967, the year of “The Summer of Love.”  That same era, there was great racial strife.  Yet, it seems that there was a desire among many Americans grow past racial prejudices.  Even the Beatles called across the water, “All You Need Is Love.”

I grew up the child of an interracial marriage.  My parents were both in the Marine Corps.  When I was youngster in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the children of the military were well-integrated.  So, when I first heard of the concept of “bigotry,” I was truly baffled.  It seemed so illogical that one person could not like another because of their color, nationality, or even religion.  

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July 23, 2010

The Constitution: America’s Anchor

Contributed by Bill Connor

“In expounding the Constitution of the United States, every word must have its due force and appropriate meaning; for it is evident from the whole instrument that no word was unnecessarily used or needlessly added…Every word appears to have been weighed with utmost deliberation, and its force and effect to have been fully understood.  No word in the instrument, therefore, can be rejected as superfluous or unmeaning…” Chief Justice John Marshal (Father of Judicial Review), 1840, writing majority opinion in Holmes v. Jennison (1840) on the absolute duty of Justices to strictly interpret the US Constitution.

“(The right to privacy derives from) Penumbras and emanations of the bill of rights” 1960’s era Supreme Court majority opinion establishing precedence for a “Constitutional” right to personal privacy. 

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July 22, 2010

Graham no hypocrite on Kagan vote

Contributed by Shell Suber

Beginning when Democrats murdered Robert Bork’s career and reputation in cold blood before of a worldwide television audience, Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees have descended into an unseemly circus of revenge killings from one party/president to the next. “Advise & Consent” has come to mean “Search & Destroy” for whichever party is out of the White House.

Judiciary Committee members, journalists and scholars have all condemned this trend as destructive to our nation’s political health and justice system. There have been widespread cries for a return of civility and, well, manners. 

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July 21, 2010

CALL TO ACTION – Help stop double taxation of US companies

Contributed by Shell Suber

Right now the Obama Administration is trying to sneak through a change to an important but little known part of the tax code. They are hoping voters won’t notice and they can get away with it. But this change could have enormous affect on your daily life and our national economy.

We all need to call Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint and urge them to fight this back door rule change before it costs us jobs and wrecks our economy.

Details below…

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July 21, 2010

Protest Biden in Columbia on Friday

Contributed by Jeffrey Betsch

Please come and join a Rally / Protest this Friday, July 23rd in front of the State Museum as our Dearly Beloved Vice President Joe Biden comes to South Carolina to host a Private Fundraiser for Congressman John Spratt.

It will be from 1pm until 4pm on the front sidewalk outside the entrance to the Museum on Gervais St.

Here is a link to the event on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/?sk=events#!/event.php?eid=103695936352956

If you cannot make it, then please spread the word to your friends who can. How many opportunities will you get to give Ole Joe a nice warm welcome “South Carolina” style other than this one moment this year?

July 21, 2010

With Kagan vote, Graham shows respect for Constitution

Contributed by Warren Mowry

As predictable as the sun rising in the east or Osama bin Laden saying “Death to America” was the grousing by some over Lindsey Graham’s affirmative vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s examination of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Let me make this clear – I would be much happier if Kagan wasn’t on the Court.  I had rather there’d be clones of John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Antonin Scalia to replace the three tired liberals already there and the one on the way, but science and Barack Obama aren’t going to allow that.  It is not, however, the province of Senator Graham to make sure leftists don’t get on the bench.  Rather, we rely on the American voters for that.  As he said in announcing his vote, elections do have consequences, and Sen. Graham’s vote was a concession to that.

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July 20, 2010

Sales Tax Holiday? Bah humbug!

Contributed by Karen T. Owens

I read the other day that retailers are making plans for this year’s annual Sales Tax Holiday, scheduled for August 6 – 8. It’s turned into the state’s third busiest shopping period of the year, behind Thanksgiving weekend and right before Christmas.

An estimated $2.8 million in sales tax will be avoided by residents and visitors to our state over the three-day weekend. In the grand scheme of South Carolina’s overall general operating budget, which is nearly $5 billion, that’s less than one percent so what’s the big deal? I guess the retailers are supporting our legislators’ re-election campaigns to keep this stupid law on the books.

Don’t get me wrong – I like to save on purchases, too. I enjoy a good sale with the best of them.

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