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Writer questions - Gresham Barrett for governor?
posted September 4, 2008
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,
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.
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