The appointment of Rep. Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate is another example of the hypocrisy of the Republican Party in South Carolina. As a member of Congress, he and his family enjoy the benefit of the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program.
Under that program there is no pre-existing condition exclusion, and we taxpayers pay approximately 75 percent of the premium cost. Yet he opposes the Affordable Care Act, which will help hundreds of people, even with pre-existing conditions, have access to affordable health care.
Our governor, Nikki Haley, has refused to accept the expansion of Medicaid under the act, which the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation has estimated would cover an additional 344,109 people in South Carolina. The federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost for the first three years and no less than 90 percent on a permanent basis.
A majority of voting South Carolinians continue to elect Republican politicians who do not have their best interests at heart. The S.C. Republican Party continues to be successful in doing so by appealing to these votersí prejudices, fears and opposition to abortion.
Thomas W. Greene
We all love myths. We tell young children the one about the fat man in a red suit in a sleigh being pulled by tiny reindeer giving toys to good little boys and girls. We continue the myth until they get older and smarter.
I have noticed that Republicans seem to have a myth that involves a more serious subject ó economics. That myth seems to be that taxes and spending are bad, but by cutting spending and lowering taxes the economy will be just fine.
Unfortunately, if Republicans would get their information from economists (I compliment The Post and Courier for printing columns by Paul Krugman, who happens to be a Nobel Prize winner in economics) and not Fox News ďexpertsĒ perhaps the Republican economic myth might go the way of Santa Claus.
Recent history gives evidence of the Republican myth: In 1993 under President Clinton the Budget Reform Act was passed (with not one Republican vote). It raised taxes, mainly on the wealthiest, and led to the creation of nearly 23 million jobs, a balanced budget and a budget surplus of $234 billion for the new president, George W. Bush.
Swallowing the Republican myth about taxes, W. Bush then cut taxes in 2001 and again in 2003 on the wealthiest.
During his eight years he doubled the national debt, squandered the surplus he had been left and proceeded to start two wars and an expensive drug program under Medicare (none of which were paid for). He left office having created in his eight years just 3 million new jobs, and he left President Obama a budget deficit of $1.3 trillion.
Along with the myth mentioned, Republicans have a very short memory. One, federal income taxes are the lowest in nearly 50 years. Obama has not raised income taxes one penny. Reagan raised income taxes 11 times and in his eight years tripled the national debt.
He probably could not win a Republican primary anywhere in todayís far-right, once-proud Republican party.
I spent 14 years as an elementary school principal before moving on to middle school, high school and then the State Department of Education. The tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., broke my heart.
The first question we all ask is why something like this should happen to innocent children and educators. Each of those precious children, their devoted teachers and principal deserve our best efforts to see that they did not die in vain.
There will always be sick people in our society who take innocent lives, and there will be those who say there is nothing we can do about it. Now is the time for us to look at the violence that permeates our society.
We allow our children to watch and interact with violent video games, movies and toys. Our political leaders donít have the courage to stand up to the NRA and pass reasonable gun control laws. Why does someone need an assault weapon? Everyone should have the right to bear arms, but we must draw the line when it comes to responsible gun ownership.
If we want to honor the lives of those innocent children, the teachers and the principal, then letís become more aware of the violence in our society and how we can deal with it. Letís all become more supportive of mental health care.
Blue House Road
My dad was a prisoner of Alzheimerís disease. Two and a half years ago, when he could no longer care for himself and my mom could no longer care for him at home, he moved to the Veteranís Victory House.
My dad no longer remembered his family, he no longer remembered how to speak and he no longer remembered how to feed himself, go to the bathroom or care for himself in any meaningful way.
My dad, who was strong, confident and self-assured, declined to the point where he lost all dignity. It broke my heart.
He died Dec. 19. The funeral home came and picked him up.
The Victory House covered his body with the American flag. They led the procession down the hallway, which was lined with Victory House residents and staff holding American flags.
They sang ďAmazing GraceĒ a cappella and they announced my dadís full name as we proceeded down the hall. It was beautiful and so precious.
By their love for their veteran residents, the staff of the Victory House gave dignity back to my dad. I want to say thank you.
How smart do you have to be to realize the problem isnít and never has been inadequate revenue? The problem is and always has been and will continue to be out-of-control spending. Yet it seems our learned politicians canít seem to find any place to cut it.
They scare you by talking about cuts to Social Security and Medicare and defense spending, and about not paying our military, but they never mention cutting congressional perks such as their outrageous retirement system and medical insurance, which are head and shoulders above what the average citizen has, or their private jet travel or any other of their ridiculous expenditures.
I recently heard that we are spending a million dollars a year to study ďMars food.Ē I assume that is to figure out which foods would be most nutritious if we ever get to Mars. Am I making my point here?
Why donít these morons go through a list of these items one by one, throw out the garbage (probably about 90 percent), then decide what other revenue is needed? My guess is absolutely none.
But Iím just an average Joe. What could I possibly know?
Hail to Hillary
I read in amazement a Dec. 20 letter about Hillary Clinton. The letter writer condemns someone before all the facts are presented. Where was the sense of outrage when former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and President George W. Bush told the biggest lie of all?
Remember weapons of mass destruction?
Because of that lie thousands of people died needlessly in an unjust war. Ms. Rice never came under any fire, and Republicans still think she was great.
We would be very lucky to have Ms. Clinton as our next president, she has worked tirelessly these last four years for our country. She has by all accounts been the best secretary of state we have ever had.
God bless America, and thank God we have someone in the White House who cares.