Smokers will bear heavy tax burden
My elected officials in Columbia are once again going to put the tax burden on a small group of the people of South Carolina and will get the blessings of the ones it will not affect.
I am talking about the tobacco tax again. This tax singles out a small group of the general population in our state to pay for the rest of the group.
Where are they going to use the money? Do they think this will offset health care in our state for the people who do not have it? I, for one, do not think this is very smart. Nor will it work.
On the other hand, if you do not use tobacco, then I guess it sounds like a good idea. As long as they don't tax me, I'm all for this tax! Well, how long do you think it will take until they come up with something else down the road the does affect you? How about an obese tax? They could tax these people more for their food. And the gasoline tax they want to put into place now, will this not affect your household?
Gov. Mark Sanford has all but said he would back this tax if they drop taxes somewhere else. Where will they decide to do that? Will they drop taxes for the middle class somewhere or maybe for the upper class?
A tax never goes away! Once it is put in place, you cannot get rid of it. Here in York County, we taxpayers know this to be a fact. I believe that the penny for road work will never go away! This is another juggling act. Where is the money that should be used for roads before this penny tax? Why did county council members let that group that was watching over the money for the road work off so easy? Should they not be held responsible for their spending of tax dollars?
Maybe they can tax tobacco another five cents in York County and finish up all of the roadwork still to be done. This would be easier on the majority of people and put the burden on just a few.
I do not smoke myself, but did at one time. The issue I am mad about is the fact that the people with less income keep footing the tax burden for the rest of the population
It just sounds like a juggling act in a circus.
Tillman statue is an affront
State Rep. Greg Delleney, R-Chester, voted to kill a resolution to remove the statue of former Gov. Tillman from the Statehouse grounds. He said he didn't want to rewrite history. The issue is addressing all the history, not just the parts we admire.
Tillman was a giant in many ways for our state, but he also was lacking the statesmanship when he could have assisted black South Carolinians in their fight for equal rights and deprived them of the right to vote. Rep. James Rutherford, D-Columbia, is correct when he says the statue is confusing, misleading and basically a lie.
Maybe we should start at our universities by renaming the buildings we so proudly call Tillman Hall. The least we could do is confront our past, denounce slavery and white supremacy, and join other states expressing regret for slavery.
The article's picture says it all -- children reading all the good about "Pitchfork Ben" Tillman, not knowing all the damage he instilled in our state.