Where is money from lottery going?
Several years ago, South Carolinians were asked to vote for an education lottery to add millions of dollars to our state education system. We voted it in, and now we see headlines about how the state is falling short millions of dollars.
For what is the lottery money being used? I certainly hope for worthwhile educational programs.
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Only one candidate would reduce deficit
During the second presidential debate, Sen. John McCain advised people to research the data from the National Taxpayers Union containing details about the economic impact of his policy proposals. The NTU Web site states that McCain will expand the cost of government by $92 billion; Sen. Obama by $293 billion. Conversely, the report shows that Libertarian candidate Bob Barr's policy proposals will decrease spending by $201 billion each year.
Since the government generates no profit of its own and can only spend money taken from taxpayers (or print money, which causes inflation to increase and decreases the value of our take- home pay), I'll be voting for Bob Barr. He is the only presidential candidate who plans to decrease the cost of government. I encourage all taxpaying voters to send both major parties a message by voting for Bob Barr, too.
Let's support 'none of the above'
For the first time since I was old enough to vote, I don't want to. I find neither candidate or their running mates to be qualified or match my own ideals. I am discouraged by what I see, and although I fervently believe in the right to vote, I want another option: None of the above.
The McCain/Palin ticket sickens me. The belief in no choices over your own body as a women bothers me a lot. The placement of Palin was a cheap ploy to pick up the disenfranchised women who wanted Hillary. Personally, as a working mom, I know my child/family comes first. For a party that touts family values, Palin is a very poor example -- pregnant teenage daughter, farming her special needs infant off on nannies and who knows what else?
McCain wants to stay in Iraq and pay for its reconstruction. How many Americans have to die, and how many Americans dollars have to be spent before we realize this needs to stop? We were blatantly lied to in order to go there, and now it needs to end.
As for the Obama/Biden ticket, I feel like I am stuck in a Barney the Dinosaur video, singing about change and peace. No substance, just clichés that sound nice to the ear. Issues like broadband Internet service for everyone (who cares?) And also, like the Palin choice, I feel the Biden choice was to placate the white men in America.
I am not a racist or a sexist; I am a realist who understands what people really think if they look deep inside, and it is not always pretty. The Obama ticket wants to spend time and more money on women's issues in Darfur and other Third World countries. I know there are heinous crimes going on globally. I know there are hungry, sick children everywhere. But America is falling apart at the seams, and no candidate seems to notice or really want to fix it.
None of the above, that's the only thing that seems right to me.
Thanks to community for all the support
I would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support that I experienced when my story appeared in The Herald. I deeply appreciate Andrew Dys for taking the time to hear my story and communicate it to the community. The kind words and financial support that I have received as a result of this story has been a major blessing to my life.
I would especially like to thank S.C. House Candidate Marvin Rogers for coming over to my house and connecting me to the office of U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham so that they can work to get my SSI case approved. You have my vote. I am eternally grateful to all of you.