When I read Steve Houser’s very long letter in support of re-electing Tom Rice (Oct. 7, “Rice best choice to represent our interests in Washington”), I just had to respond.
Mr. Houser asks how Gloria Bromell-Tinubu’s supporting the President’s and the Democrats’ positions can possibly be good for South Carolina. Well, here are just a few ways. Our state has one of the highest poverty rates in the country, and of people who are in poor health and lack health insurance. It’s hard to be a productive worker when you are hungry and sick; and if you are out of work, you are very likely to be both of those. Democrats favor extending benefits for the long-term unemployed and maintaining food aid for the needy, Republicans said no to both.
While we are on the subject of economic development, Mr. Houser accuses Gloria Bromell-Tinubu of having no job experience outside academia. Perhaps he’s unaware that she has been owner-operator of a small business herself, as well as serving on the board of two local community development organizations. Yes, she supports improving education and infrastructure. If you were a large company looking for a place to establish your business, would you choose a state where the workers are poorly educated and without decent rail, interstate highway or modern port facilities to ship your products? These things are just as important – maybe more important – to the success of a business enterprise as low tax rates.
And yes, Mr. Rice does spend a lot of time talking about “government overreach” and “stifling regulations.” So let me ask you this, Mr. Houser. Would you like to have another financial meltdown like the one we just got through, with even fewer restraints on the Wall Street banksters than we have now? Would you like more environmental disasters like the BP oil spill, or more train derailments of oil shipments that destroy entire towns, or perhaps the toxic contamination of our water supplies like the one that just occurred in Toledo, Ohio? Or how about a big increase in cases of tainted food and drugs? Which of these kinds of “government overreach” should we get rid of?
I, for one, would like to be represented by someone who makes decisions based on a rational consideration of the issues, not a me-too adherence to party dogma. Mr. Rice has not shown himself to be that kind of representative, but I believe Gloria Bromell-Tinubu will.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC 29577
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