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Letters: Censure of Graham is no solution to area's infrastructure problems

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Sen. Lindsey Graham was censured last week by the Dorchester County Republican Party for his vote to pass the Biden administration's infrastructure bill.

Last week, the Dorchester County Republican Party admonished U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for voting in favor of the Biden administration’s infrastructure package, which has bipartisan support.

It’s good to have a written record that the Dorchester Republicans are in favor of leaving giant potholes in our roads, letting our bridges collapse and are against building more roads as our region grows.

I’ll happily vote for sensible Democrats who understand that investing in our roads is how we grow our tax base, make sure the Port of Charleston continues to create more jobs and that doing nothing isn’t a solution to our traffic problems.


North Charleston

Biden’s revolution

It’s important to understand that whatever happens to the Budget Reconciliation Bill, now known as the $1.75 trillion Building Back Better bill, President Joe Biden and progressives intend to transform America.

Designed to entrap more people into government dependency, this latest version, as of Oct. 28, includes sweeping policy changes such as free preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, reduced day care costs, extension of the expanded child tax credit, expansion of school children’s free meals and health care coverage for millions of more people.

In the process, it enhances Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare while adding significant dollars for climate change.

While laying the groundwork to eliminate welfare work requirements, it creates the largest expansion of federal benefits since the Great Society and adds significant numbers of working-age households to the entitlement rolls.

Because of budget gimmicks, the Heritage Foundation reports the real cost will be much higher than the administration’s advertised $1.75 trillion.

The Biden administration’s climate czar John Kerry recently admitted that eliminating U.S. greenhouse emissions will have no significant or meaningful impact on global temperatures, yet Biden plans to spend trillions to make the power sector carbon neutral by 2035. To achieve his goal, the government would control energy’s use through a system of incentives, penalties and mandates creating an economy directed and controlled by government.

Biden’s plans would entail astronomical spending, creating massive social, political and economic change leaving practically everyone dependent on government while ending the free market.

The government’s enormous power would manifest itself as a de facto revolution, transforming our way of life and America as we know it.



Vaccine increases odds

It is appalling that S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, with the likely consent and agreement from Gov. Henry McMaster, is wasting his time and our money to sue the federal administration to challenge mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers.

There might be room for discussing the pros and cons of vaccinations in some circumstances, but certainly not in an environment of doctor offices, clinics and hospitals.

Most of us turn to our doctors when our health is compromised.

According to the American Medical Association, 96% of physicians were vaccinated as of June.

And these doctors clearly know why this is important.

Our health care system has rightfully put countless requirements in place, with the only goal to give a patient the very best odds of recovery and survival while in medical care.

In this context, a COVID vaccination requirement for health care professionals is logical.

I know that if I needed serious health care, I would want to have as many odds in my favor as possible.

What will be the choices made by Mr. McMaster and Mr. Wilson if they would ever be in a critical health situation? My guess is they would want the best odds, and I would want that for them as well.



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