Senator Knotts… Sic em boy… Sic Sanford

June 26, 2009 by  
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It is well known in South Carolina that Governor Sanford has his enemies.  The General Assembly has worked against him multiple times to stop his reform initiatives and efforts to reduce spending in the state.

Did I mention that the General Assembly is a Republican Majority?  Sounds like the US Congress of old.  Anyway…

Senator Knotts, one of Sanford’s greatest arch-enemies, took to the airwaves of CNN today to continue to blast Sanford.

Listening to Knotts interview just turned my stomach upside down at times and at others, I fell out of my chair laughing so hard over a few of his statements.  Including the following:

“I’m a watchdog for the taxpayers money…”

Let’s see how good of a watchdog he is:

But lets take a look at something Knotts is calling for.

He is accusing Sanford of using taxpayer money to fund a rendezvous with his mistress.

“Taxpayers paid for him to rendezvous with his mistress down in South America, is non-excusable…..

…I can’t explain to my people how the governor can take money and rendezvous with his mistress and when he gets caught, pay it back.  It’s like a bank robber saying hey give me your money and if they happen to catch him, I’ll pay it back and everything will be ok”

Granted, we don’t know how much if any was used.  My issue with this is how many other state business trips ended with a night on the town, in a strip club, at a casino.  We know this happens in business across America.  And I’m not just talking about Sanford.  What about the legislators who have been traveling across the country on different studies and such.

Just like Sanford’s other adversaries, they immediately draw a comparison to the worst case scenario.  I immediately reminded of the stimulus debate:

You know, if you don’t take stimulus money, teachers will lose their jobs.

Oh, now that we have the money, you are still loosing your job.

What about Obama’s Broadway show.  How much money did that cost the taxpayers to fly Air Force One, the Presidential caravan, and everything else it takes to transport the President to Manhattan for a night on the town.

The fact of the matter is, this is common practice.  He was in Argentina on state business, secured jobs for South Carolinians, then enjoyed a night on the town.

One last parting thought……

If it is illegal to have sex on the taxpayer’s dime, then a whole hell of a lot of you are in trouble.

Social Gambling is Coming To SC, Maybe

March 7, 2009 by  
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On February 19th, we reported that Muncipal Judge Larry Duffy opined that Texas Hold ‘em was not a game of chance but skill.  That was a huge victory for individual rights here in South Carolina and now President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell has introduced legislation that would change the 207 year old law to legalize social gambling.

S. 535 Section 1.E – Gambling in a private home where no house player, house bank, or house odds exist and where there is no house income from the operation of the game is social gambling and is an affirmative defense to the provisions of subsection (A).

S. 535 Section 1.F – A charitable, religious, fraternal or other nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income taxes pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(8), 501(c)(10), or 501(c)(19) because it is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, fraternal or nonprofit purposes may conduct or participate in a casino night fundraising event of limited duration during which wagers may be made in gambling activities

Other sponsors on this bill include: Mulvaney, Ford, Land and Knotts

Be sure to begin contacting members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and encourage them to support this bill.

Glenn F. McConnell , Chm. Robert Ford Larry A. Martin
Luke A. Rankin C. Bradley Hutto John M. “Jake” Knotts Jr.
Gerald Malloy Vincent A. Sheheen George E. “Chip” Campsen III
Raymond E. Cleary III Joel Lourie Kent M. Williams
Paul G. Campbell Jr. A. Shane Massey Lee Bright
Creighton B. Coleman Thomas C. “Tom” Davis Shane R. Martin
J. Michael “Mick” Mulvaney Floyd Nicholson Michael T. Rose
John L. Scott Jr. Phillip W. Shoopman

All we have to say is it is about time the state quit infringing on our private lives within the walls of individuals homes.

The government should not be in the business of enforcing morals (I’m opening up a can of worms on this one) and should not intrude on the lives of people in this fashion.  If I so choose to play cards with friends in the comfort of my home, so be it.  Who am I harming?