EdgefieldDaily.com               "Edgefield County as it Happens"

Featured
Sections

Headlines
Opinion
Obituaries
Sports
Crime Blotter
Stolen Property
Happenings
Country Cooking
Wandering Minds
Classifieds
Birthdays 

Off The Wall
Cartoons
On The Record
Archives
Church Listings







Featured Columns
Dr. Myers
Carl Langley
Editor's Column


Registered Sex Offenders for Edgefield County

2005 Crime Stats

Video & Audio Updates
Audio Archive
(Testing)
Video Archive

Contact us
Contact Info
or
E-mail the Editor
Phone:
803-634-0964 day
803-279-5041 eve
803-279-8943 fax

Mail to
EdgefieldDaily.com
PO Box 972
Edgefield SC
29824


School System
EC District Office
School Board
Strom Thurmond

Charter Schools
Fox Creek

Private Schools

Wardlaw Academy

Public Offices
Edgefield County
Edgefield
Johnston
Trenton

Political
State and Federal Legislative Contacts

Local Political Parties
Republican Party
Democrat Party

Chamber of Commerce
Edgefield County Chamber

Historical

Edgefield Genealogical
Society


News links    
Edgefield Advertiser
The Citizen News
Aiken Standard
North Augusta Star
The State
Augusta Chronicle
Atlanta  Journal
United Press
Associated Press
FOX News
Reuters
CNS News
WorldNet Daily
Newsmax
Drudge Report
GoogleNews
Yahoo!News
New York Times
New York Post
Los Angeles Times
Washington Times
Washington Post





Gov. Sanford’s letter to Pres-elect Obama


web posted December 5, 2008
Dear President-Elect Obama:
As governors, and more significantly as fellow Americans, we wanted to write in light of today’s historic meeting in Philadelphia to say how much we appreciated you making the effort you did to meet. Thank you for consulting with us so early in your transition. Coming from a culture of balancing budgets, we understand the unique economic challenges and difficult decisions you will have to make in dealing with the trying economic times that will accompany your taking the office of President. We are committed to working with you and your administration to forge solutions that can make a difference in the lives of the very Americans we all represent.

It is with this hope, and in that spirit of seeking consensus with regard to ongoing economic recovery efforts, that we write to also respectfully submit earnest concerns with the direction some in Washington D.C. seem to be headed with the recent so-called “economic recovery efforts.”

From our nation’s infancy, our economy grew to become the world’s largest because of a market-based system that rewarded effort, entrepreneurial spirit, and good decisions, and in turn permitted consequences for the opposite. As our country faces an economic crisis the likes of which we have not seen since the Great Depression, we believe it is vital that federal economic policies are rooted in that same business model that rewards American ingenuity. Equally important, we must be wary of the moral hazard present in the idea of bailing out the private or public sector – for what in some cases were poor decisions.

After healthy discussion, Republican governors reached a broad consensus on the four general principles outlined below, which we believe are keys to revitalizing our economy and keeping it strong in the future.

Accordingly, we’d suggest these four ideas should be borne in mind as further federal efforts are contemplated with respect to the states:

First, the most important thing that the federal government can do is to reward entrepreneurship by not punishing those who create wealth from it. We were heartened to read reports of your intention to not raise taxes, and believe that our economy can be further spurred by implementing a new round of tax cuts for both our nation’s workers and the businesses they represent.

Second, we believe we must also give our businesses viable and expanding markets in which to sell their goods. Undoubtedly, one of the great mistakes of the Great Depression was limiting international trade. President Hoover’s protectionist policies reduced global trade by two-thirds from 1929 to 1933, badly damaging America’s recovery efforts and driving up unemployment. Instead of limiting international trade, we urge you to expand it, and going forward with the Columbia Free Trade Agreement would be a good start.

Third, we believe we must maintain and encourage a competitive workforce. The proposed so-called “Card Check” legislation would repeat the expansion of labor union power that harmed job creation during the Great Depression. The Detroit automakers’ labor model is a fundamentally flawed one, and now is not the time to harm the successful automotive business elsewhere in our country with the same unsound business practices. To keep America competitive, the federal government should not enact the so-called Employee Free Choice Act. 

Finally, we don’t believe economic problems that were in large measure created by too much debt will be solved by more debt. In this light, if government spending was the key to preventing recessions, then we'd never have a recession, because increasing government spending is often one of the easiest things for a government to do. To emphasize once again, as governors we live with the demands of balancing our budgets, and we respectfully, but strongly, urge you to avoid large scale spending increases that are paid for through further borrowing. Instead, we would encourage your administration to chart a new course at the federal level and to prioritize spending so new initiatives are paid for – as is now required in most states.

The idea of putting aside partisanship and focusing on the issues was central to your campaign, and accordingly we want to say again how much we appreciate this initial visit with our nation’s Governors. We are committed to working with you to make our country much more competitive in today’s global competition for jobs and way of life, and look forward to continued conversations toward these ends.

Sincerely,
Mark Sanford
Governor of South Carolina
 




For all past articles please visit our Archives

 © Copyright 2008 EdgefieldDaily.com  All original material is property of EdgefieldDaily.com and cannot be reproduced, rewritten or redistributed without the expressed written permission of Edgefield Daily.com

This ad not linked






Additional Ad locations available

Contact Us



Parting Shots
A new book by Columnist Carl Langley

-------

JAM Straight Customs


NOTICE:
We still need recipes for Cooking Section

WEBNEWS –  Send in your favorite or favorites. There is no limit to the number of recipes you can send in. With the Editor’s wife being the driving force behind her own personal section, help her create an exchange of local favorites, home cooking, grilling, sauces, and deserts!  Send in your submissions here.