Archive for March, 2011

March 25, 2011

Time to look inward for energy

Contributed by Senator Danny Verdin

Most Americans are glad to see people in countries like Egypt and Libya standing up for themselves and overthrowing the tyrannical despots that have oppressed them for too long. But we are not happy to see what it is doing to gasoline and diesel prices. Maybe this will be the last straw that spurs our government to finally start meeting more of our energy demands with fuel we produce ourselves.

We can do it. Advances in energy production technology like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have created oil booms in parts of the United States. North Dakota, once a relatively minor source of fossil fuels, has surpassed both Oklahoma and Louisiana to become the nation’s fourth largest oil producer. They are pumping out 350,000 barrels of oil a day and could see that number rise to 700,000 barrels within the next four years. 

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March 15, 2011

GOP ’12 Top Ten: Ides of March

Contributed by Shell Suber

‘Beware the Ides of March’ warns Shakespeare’s soothsayer in Julius Caesar. Two millennia and fifty-five years later, the oracle extends that warning to those giving thought to the Republican Party’s nomination in 2012: If you are running, you can wait no longer… er, but don’t be first.

My March version of GOP ’12 Top 10 features a lot of turn-over indicating this campaign may finally be underway.

(#) = Previous rank

1. Mike Huckabee (2) – Recent polls have the affable, TV-friendly reverend slightly ahead of Romney with likely GOP voters. But will our new #1 even run?

2. Mitt Romney (1) – Still has the cash and the caché, but polls of likely GOP voters seem to indicate his greatest strength was that he was seen as the frontrunner… not the enthusiasm that carries the day. Just ask Bob Dole, John Kerry, Walter Mondale, etc. Drops to #2, which might be a better spot come to think of it. 

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March 14, 2011

The GOP assault on America

Contributed by Michael Gass

The GOP has begun their assault on America. On some issues, such as busting unions, it is a coordinated assault. Numerous states under GOP rule are trying to bust unions (see Indiana, Wisconsin, and Ohio). On other issues, the attacks aren’t as coordinated, but, the intent is clear. In Michigan, the attack on America has taken a very dangerous tact – give “emergency power” to the government so that the GOP can accomplish their agenda.

State officials estimate that dozens of local governments and school districts will soon be unable to pay their bills and the Treasury dept. is on record supporting a bill — passed by the House last week — which would recast Emergency Financial Managers as Emergency Managers and give them unprecedented new power to fire elected officials, dissolve labor contracts and reorganize or dissolve cities and school districts.”

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March 3, 2011

Sacrifice More, You Louts!

Contributed by Michael Gass

In The State newspaper, we get a hint at how the state legislature defines “sacrifice” in this article:

The proposal now is in a House subcommittee. If it makes it to the House floor for a vote, Republicans, who control that body, are expected to support it. They have made its passage a priority.

At issue here is the lowering of property taxes. However, far from lowering property taxes for struggling families, the change being debated will really only help one segment of South Carolina – the rich and corporations.

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March 1, 2011

Blame DeMint, Tea Party for port losses, not Clyburn

Contributed by Philip Snead

The following is a letter to the editor of the Charleston Post and Courier.

Dear Editor,

Saturday’s lead editorial, “Press port-deepening case,” appears to assign blame to Jim Clyburn for our congressional delegation’s failure to regain the measly $400,000 Congressional earmark funding that could have directly enabled the needed deepening of our port to sustain its competitiveness.  (“… Rep. Clyburn hasn’t already summoned the necessary party clout to get the study money ….”)

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