Radical left controls Congress
Since the 2006 Congressional elections when the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, it is abundantly clear that Rep. John Spratt has become a disciple of Nancy Pelosi and her out-of-control spending.
Not one time since Pelosi became speaker of the house has Spratt stood up and opposed her and her radically left wing agenda for America.
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Just as recently as this week, Spratt again did as he was told and voted for the $410 billion omnibus spending bill for the remainder of 2009 that contained over 8,000 pork barrel earmarks totaling almost $8 billion. Spratt evidently feels that providing funding for such things as tattoo removal for California gang members, swine odor and manure management, research for stable flies, Mormon crickets and honey bees, as well as how to grow more asparagus, is of vital interest to the United States.
However, none of the noted earmarks has or will have any direct benefit to Spratt's district or South Carolina.
In terms of the recently passed $787 billion so called stimulus bill, Spratt also voted as he was told by Pelosi, even though neither he nor any other member of the House was given time to fully read and digest the more than 1,100 pages contained in the legislation. He did, however, vote against a Republican-based bill that would have cost half as much and created more tangible jobs.
Since he is chairman of the House Budget Committee, I would hope and quite frankly expect that Spratt would be outraged over the fact that President Obama is projecting a $1.7 trillion deficit for this year. Instead, Spratt could only conjure up the typical talking points of "the spending is needed to jump start the economy" and "it's all Bush's fault."
Maybe Spratt hasn't done the math, but a $1.7 trillion deficit equates to $6,000 of additional debt for each and every one of the 305 million citizens of the United States.
Unfortunately, the only way that we as citizens of Spratt's Congressional district can hold him accountable is at the ballot box, which I most assuredly will do in 2010.
Tega Cay Rescue Squad seeks new home
The Tega Cay Rescue Squad is looking for a new place to house their equipment and it needs it by mid-March.
From its beginning in 1975, the Tega Cay Rescue Squad has been co-located with the Tega Cay Fire Department inside the fire station in Tega Cay. Now, due to the addition of some additional fire equipment, the rescue squad is looking for a new place to call home.
The rescue squad has a long history with the fire department. At one point, the fire department even managed the squad. Later, management of the fire department and the rescue squad separated into two distinct volunteer squads but the fire department allowed the rescue squad to share space in the building. The rescue squad supports the fire department with first aid and support services at fires in the area.
The rescue squad has one ambulance and a rescue vehicle. The ambulance currently occupies one bay inside the Tega Cay Fire Department and the rescue truck is parked outside. The rescue squad also utilizes space for a store room and an office upstairs.
For the short term, the Tega Cay Rescue Squad would like to find a facility where both vehicles would be stored indoors with areas for an office and crew quarters. Long term, the goal is to build a two-bay facility with crew quarters to house the squad's two vehicles as well as a bay for the Tega Cay Fire Department to house one of their trucks for greater service to the community. Gaining space in the proposed Tega Cay Safety Center slated for construction soon would be even better.
As Tega Cay continues to grow, the Tega Cay Rescue Squad must continue to grow with it. The new quarters are part of the squad's future growth plan to support the City of Tega Cay and the surrounding area.
If readers have suggestions or a small parcel of land and/or building that they would consider donating, leasing or otherwise allow the Tega Cay Rescue Squad to occupy, please call me at 803-984-1526 or 704-604-0073.
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