Conservatives need to put up or shut up

February 18, 2013 

Our conservative population and elected officials seem to want it both ways. Many complain that government has too many handouts and entitlements. Some say there should be a balanced budget amendment. Others say taxes should be cut, but taxes (legislated by the Republican-controlled U.S. House, S.C. state legislature, county council, school board and city councils in Horry County) continue to rise.

These folks don’t like stimulus money (e.g. Nimrata Haley, et al.) to create jobs, build new roads, and repair/replace our decaying infrastructure. Rather than do anything to help, verbal diarrhea proliferates. If it isn’t government’s place to create jobs, help people and keep up the infrastructure, then it must be up to the private sector. If so, why has the private sector generally shrunk its payrolls, failed to fill empty job positions, not sponsored hiring fairs, not made generous grants to our social service private agencies so they could provide assistance, cleaned up and repaired our parks, provided money so all library branches could be open at least six days, or even taken over the building and paving of roads as well as fixing our unsafe bridges?

A balanced budget amendment would not allow the emergency relief money for New York that the Senate passed on Jan. 28. The time is ripe for the conservative base to put up or shut up and to reform the tax code so that it is both understandable and fair to all, not just the well-to-do. Maybe term limits for all elected officials from fence viewer to U.S. senator/House representative is in order.

The writer lives in Conway.

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