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Writer supports Democrat Dyer as "independent" in Congressional race

web posted September 2, 2008
Dear Editor,
Since it is election season, it is a good occasion to look at why we vote the way we do: Democrat, Republican, or Independent. My political party has become a part of my identity of who I am. The Independent likes to hold the middle of the road and have the flexibility to vote for the person and not the party. The rest of us seem to dig in our heels and hope that our party does what we think it should do.

Let’s see if our local Representative, Gresham Barrett, is doing what we want him to do. On the Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act which would make the sale of gasoline at “unconscionably excessive” prices, a federal offense: Barrett voted against it as well as a bill giving consumers price relief. The Supplemental Appropriations bill, Amendment No. 2 giving $103 billion more to military operations in Iraq: Barrett voted for it as well as all other bills funding the war in Iraq.  Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation Act: Barrett voted against. Clean Energy Act of 2007 raising CAFÉ standards to 35 mpg: Barrett voted against. Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act: Barrett voted against. College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007: Barrett voted against. The Supplemental Appropriations bill, Amendment No.1 which would increase minimum wages: Barrett voted against. Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act: Barrett voted against. Combustible Dust Explosion and Fire Prevention Act setting safety and health standards in the work place: Barrett voted against. Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act, FY2008 funding the Dept. of Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education: Barrett voted against. Transportation/HUD Appropriations, FY2008 funding the Dept. of Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development: Barrett voted against. The Lobbying Transparency Act requiring disclosure of the names of donors when they “bundle” campaign contributions to Members of Congress: Barrett voted against it as well as a bill requiring him to be ethical.

In summary, Barrett votes for higher gas prices for the oil industry; supports financial excess in the war in Iraq; secrecy in campaign contributions; and keeping minimum wages low while food and gas prices increase. In essence, his voting record undermines every program that would help Americans live decent lives.

So fellow South Carolinians, why are we voting Republican when our Republicans in office aren’t voting for us? Surely we have another choice. We do! There is a Democrat running for this congressional seat – her name is Jane Dyer. Let’s identify with the Independents this time and vote for the person who has our best interests in mind.

Rosellen Aleguire
Fair Play, SC

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