South Carolina – Not in Ron Paul’s Plans?

March 30, 2011 by  
Filed under US Politics

Congressman Ron Paul speaks to members of the Spartanburg Executive Committee

It is well believed that Ron Paul is prepping up for another run for President. News flash right?

But according to recent fundraising emails from the campaign, it does not appear that South Carolina plays into his plans very much. He has stated plans in Iowa, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Florida, New York (TV appearances) and Nevada.

I mean, why would he waste his resources on South Carolina republicans. Generally speaking, most republicans (not all) elected in this state are more concerned with social conservative issues and have no issues with government power grabs. Although many claim to be fiscal conservatives and less government, actions by the state legislature trend other wise.

Not only that, you can see how well he was received during the last election cycle. They were more amused by Giuliani questioning Paul for his non-interventionist policies than rational reasoning, a GOP leader attempted to ban him from attending local events and he garnered only 5% of the vote in the primary.

South Carolina has chosen the eventual republican nominee for president since 1980, so it seems foolish to bypass it. Either way, this strategy move is interesting.

What do you think about Paul’s potential campaign strategy?

Are You Ready For Some Football

July 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Sports

It is almost that time of the year.  The breeze in the air, the crunch of bones, and the sound of screaming fans all through the fall.  I love football, whether it be high school, college, pro, or even Canadian.  The NFL does not start for almost 3 months, but college starts in less than 2 months.

Seeing as how we are in the south we know football is king.  Whether it be SEC, ACC, or even Southern Conference.  No matter who you pull for the season is soon to be on us.

In college football everyone knows the big names, USC (the real USC out west), Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and Ohio State.  Florida is the consensus number one across the board in most major magazines and prognostications.  Texas and Oklahoma come in at two and three respectively.  USC comes in at fourth followed by continually disappointing Ohio State.

In South Carolina you have to make a choice in who you want to pull for, South Carolina or Clemson.  It does not matter if you went to either school or even to another but you have to choose one.  I would like to think that the state is evenly divided, but honestly I do not know.

South Carolina is considered by most preseason magazines to be a late 30’s to early 50’s.  I believe that the Gamecocks will end up being 7-5, but has a chance to be 8-4.  I think that the Spurrier magic has ran its course and hie reign is soon to be at an end.  The Gamecocks have talent coming back, but unfortunately they lost a lot of key players from last year.

Clemson is rated by most prognosticators to be in the low 30’s.  I think the Tigers will end up 8-4, but will hopefully can steal one and end up at 9-3.  We will see how Dabo Swinney does with a full year under his belt.  The Tigers did not bring in a lot of recruits, and they lost a lot of skill players from last year.

I am not intentionally leaving out the smaller schools, so if anyone would like to add something about our other schools I would gladly like to read it.  I welcome all comments regarding any and all teams, so let me know what you think.

SLED Claims Sanford is Clear

July 2, 2009 by  
Filed under News

According to SLED’s investigation of Sanford’s travels, they have declared that their is not any evidence of criminal activities made by the governor.

Director Lloyd said that if there is any information provided that justifies a criminal investigation, then it will be further reviewed.  He stated that this was not a criminal investigation, but a review.

Lloyd also states that this was a state sponsored business trip that state business was conducted on.  The governor can choose to do what he wants in his personal time.  It is no different than a state employee seeing a ball game after spending the day in conferences.

This is the same argument we made the other day.

Questions still linger as to whether or not he should resign or if he will be impeached.  Only time will tell.

Independence Day Tea Parties Across South Carolina

July 1, 2009 by  
Filed under News

It is tea party time in Upstate South Carolina.

I just wish they had a larger affect on the opinions of our leadership in Washington, or in SC for that matter.  A protest is great, but it is not changing policies.  Make sure you are calling your elected officials and let them know how “mad” you are.

Here are the events we know about.  If your event is not listed, let us know.

Boiling Springs Independence Day Tea Party

The American Freedom Day July 4th Tea Party in Boiling Springs  is not being hosted by a political organization, but is being organized by individuals in the community.  Christina Jeffery has worked with the individuals to get some publicity for her campaign and is bringing in Dr. Alan Keyes to speak at the event as well.  Louis Wilson Engram will also be a guest speaker at the 3 hour event starting at 11 am.

The event will be held at the Boiling Springs Community Park off of  Double Bridge Road (just past the library). See the Boiling Springs Tea Party website for more information.

Charleston Tea Party

Hosted by the Charleston County GOP, the event will be held on July 4th at Cannon Park (261 Calhoun St).  Activities begin at 10:30 am.

Columbia Tea Party

This tea party is planned to be held on the State House grounds from 11 am to 2 pm.  Guest speakers include Bill Connor (Candidate for Lt. Governor), Jim DeMint, Nikki Haley (Candidate for Governor), Sheri Few (Stand Up SC) and Talbert Black (Campaign for Liberty)

Fountain Inn Independence Day Tea Party

This event is being hosted by the Upstate Young Republicans based out of Greenville, SC.  The one hour tea party is set to begin at 10 am on July 4th at the Fountain Inn City Hall.

The Race for the Fightin’ Fourth – Part 1

January 29, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Bob Inglis - Congressman SC-4

Bob Inglis - Congressman SC-4

This is the first segment in a series of interviews for known candidates that are entering the 4th District Congressional Race.  No portion of this article or the following articles in this series represents an endorsement made by Gary Coats or The Conservativist.

I had the privlidge to sit down with Congressman Bob Inglis on Monday, January 26th after his morning campaign event in Spartanburg.  Congressman Inglis was very generous with his time and his answers, allowing me to see deeper inside the mind we have often criticized.

Bob Inglis is a resident of Greenville County’s north side in Traveler’s Rest.  Originally from Bluffton, SC, he ended up in the 4th after attending Duke University and the University of Virginia Law School.  Bob is married to Mary Ann and has 5 children between the ages of 11 and 22.

Upon sitting down with the incumbent from Traveler’s Rest, my mind began racing in a variety of directions as to where to start the interview, so, I began with the obvious question.  Where do we, as Republicans, go from here?

Congressman Inglis stated that Republicans need to begin solving problems.  That is a strength of a Republican, a stregth of our party.  Our problem solving needs to improve the underlying programs already in place.  Inglis also stated that the tone of conservatism needed to remain positive and transformative and not turn to an angry and reactionary mind set.

We have often criticized Inglis on energy, so we took a second to look a little deeper into this policy.  When asked Inglis gave us a rhetorical question:

“What is conservative about spilling my waste on to your property?”

Inglis believes that the strength of free markets will solve our energy problems, with a few addendums.

First of all, he states that there is no accountabilty for emissions that are polutting your property.  If we can find a way to attach a cost to the waste bi-product on coal, nuclear energy immediately becomes a viable and profittable solution.  He stated that coal is cheaper until it is cleaner and the clean coal initiative is a big government program.

I immediately followed by asking if this is where cap-and-trade came into the picture?

Inglis’ response:

“Cap-and-Trade is the largest tax increase in the world.  It will not work.”

So what does Inglis propose?

“Eliminate the payroll tax and replace it with a carbon tax. By eliminating the 12.4% cost of the payroll tax and implementing carbon taxes, the cost to the government would be net neutral. “

Let’s look at it like this.  I would love to keep that 6.2% tax in my paycheck and the companies paying the match would have that money to give to its employee’s, invest in captial projects, create jobs.  Brilliant!  Here is a link to the article here.

And finally, we talked about the bailouts.

The congressman believes that the initial bailout of the banks was necessary.  He believes that the banking system had to remain operational to prevent another depression.  Inglis states:

“I could not be the next Herbert Hoover.”

He goes on to further state that we, the people are at fault for this as well.  We have been living on borrowed money and not saving has hurt the people.  We were encouraged by former President Bush after 9/11 to spend.

On the auto bailout, he points to Greer, SC and BMW.  He said a bailout to the big 3 would not solve the problem.  They must change the way they do business, and that means working with UAW to change that model.  BMW has proved that it is possible to build cars for a profit in Greer, SC.

On President Obama’s stimulus package.  He said he would be voting against it.  There was very little stimulus and many long term project and government programs that expanded the size of the government.

Synopsis:
Inglis impressed me the other day.  In the 30-45 minutes that we talked, I saw a side of Inglis I hadn’t seen before.  It was a very personable and logical individual and he took the time to explain why.  He doesn’t always get to do that in town hall meetings with out being chastised.  If he can do that throughout the campaign season, he may be able to turn some of the neigh sayers in his favor.