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Writer questions - Gresham Barrett for governor?

web posted September 4, 2008
Dear Editor,
The election of Gresham Barrett for governor of South Carolina in 2010 will only serve to keep South Carolina as one of the least progressive states. This is so because of his maniacal drive to cut taxes and his failure to distinguish between simply spending and investing.

Mr. Barrett's pursuit of this agenda has led him to vote against such things as the new G.I. Bill(!), in spite of the fact that this will serve to enable our veterans to improve their 
education and partially compensate for their sacrifice.  He has opposed lowering the interest rate for student loans as well as the amount that a student could borrow.  Barrett has even opposed funds for improving the Head Start program!  This program is largely responsible for getting under privileged South Carolina children prepared for the rigors of school.  Fortunately for America, Barrett's backwards votes in the House of Representatives has been soundly defeated by an overwhelming majority of more enlightened representatives from other states.  

Electing him as Governor, however, would only serve to move our state further back and it would be more difficult to shield ourselves from this person's lack of vision.

Barrett's regressive actions are those of an individual who wishes to keep wealth from a large section of the population and in the hands of only a privileged few.  This was perhaps tolerable when South Carolina's industries required only unskilled labor to work in mills and perform menial tasks in the tourist industries.  Now, however, 
South Carolina's employers are requiring employees who  have academic skills such as reading and math, and the ability to reason.  Shall we educate our children so that they can seek skilled jobs, or shall we educate them just enough so that they can work in unskilled jobs?

Let's invest in our citizens; not hold them back!  Let's raise our standard of living for ALL South Carolinians, not just the privileged.  Let's elect a governor with a progressive and not a regressive attitude.  Gresham Barrett's position on these matters is retarded and will retard South Carolina as well. Elect him for Governor?  We should instead get rid of him as our Representative--  he's an embarrassment to South Carolina.

Ted Taylor
Seneca, SC

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