Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina to headline State Treasurer Loftis-hosted event

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — The State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF) today announced that businessman and investor Donald Trump, and author Travis Brown, will deliver keynote addresses at its spring meeting on April 13-14 in historic downtown Charleston.  Other keynote speakers include Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and former Attorney General John Ashcroft. Continue reading

President? Really? What is Lindsey Graham thinking?

The State
March 2, 2015

 — Lindsey Graham is not stupid. No matter what you think of his politics, he’s neither clueless nor lacking common sense. He’s a very smart man who knows the political landscape better than most. So why is he entertaining a run for the presidency?

He can’t win the Republican nomination. Despite numerous appearances on Fox News and Sunday talk shows, the senior senator from South Carolina doesn’t have the national recognition needed to either win primaries or raise the kind of money needed to overcome the more recognized candidates.

And no, he isn’t positioning himself as the vice-presidential nominee. A senator (or governor) from South Carolina adds nothing to the ticket. The Palmetto State is already as red as it can get, as is most of the South. It’s even doubtful that Graham would be an effective stump campaigner for whomever the GOP chooses.

His fundraising capabilities are moderate, at best, so he won’t be bringing in unique money, especially since those likely to donate on his behalf already would donate to Republicans.

So what is the point in jumping into the nomination sweepstakes?

Graham’s PAC, Security Through Strength, focuses heavy on military issues, primarily the fight against radical Islam. This is true to the subject Graham is most often invited to discuss on national television: national security. The other issues on which Graham is cited as a “leader” are merely fluff to round out his resume.

What it appears Lindsey Graham is doing is running for Secretary of Defense.

It cannot be disputed that the senator loves the military. He has been a champion for service members and veterans and believes to his core in the necessity of a strong armed forces.

By emphasizing his military-related bona fides on the stump and the debate stage, Graham would burnish his reputation as the “defense candidate.” Once a Republican is elected — not a given but a better-than-even-bet — the name most prominent when the Defense job is vetted will be Lindsey Graham.

For further consideration, should this scenario play out, might Gov. Nikki Haley resign so her successor, Henry McMaster, could appoint her to fill Graham’s unfinished term?

CHARLIE SPEIGHT
LEXINGTON

 

SC Tea Party: The Cowardly Lion

South Carolina State University has become a fiscal Bermuda Triangle.  Money goes in and is never seen again.  In fact, with a graduation rate of 14%, not much of anything comes out.  With the downward swirl of misfeasance, malfeasance, corruption and incompetence the university has become a model of shrinking enrollment (down 40% since 2007), cutbacks, and low graduation rates.

With a debt of at least $87 million (does that include the $6 million loan note due in four months?), the school is a self-created vacuum from which it cannot escape.  Some think it should not escape and the only reasonable solution to the debacle is to close it down.

But that debate is for other people and other places.  Mine is another question; a curiosity I need entertained.

Why haven’t the tax-payers’ champions spoken out?  Where is the Tea Party?

The Tea Party in South Carolina was very vocal about raising sales taxes by a penny to pay for building new roads in the state and repairing the mammoth mileage of deteriorating pavement.  The group got real angry when Governor Nikki Haley proposed a diminishing income tax paired with a rise in gasoline taxes, also for the sake of fixing the road and highway system.

To the taxpayers’ rescue came the Tea Party and the sanctimonious libertarians that are the movement’s Svengalis.

But when it comes to South Carolina State – a kick in the taxpayer privates if ever there was one – the Teeps are silent.  I suspect that is so for one of two reasons.

The Tea Party has been unfairly branded as extremely conservative and racist.  The latter is primarily an effect of the media and Democrat Party collusion to brand as racist anyone who balks at kissing Barack Obama’s ring.  Now, to make the fiscally sound argument to close the failure that is South Carolina State University, the South Carolina Tea Party may be too afraid of the certain backlash.  This is what’s called playing politics, the very sin Teeps revile just after taxes and immigration.

The other possibility is that the Tea Party is a group of hypocrites.  Tax dollars are being not just wasted, but gravitating to the pockets of corrupt officeholders and university cronies.  So why are SCSU tax sins any less egregious than any other?

Are Tea Party vocalists afraid of black politicians?  Are they really serious about being “taxed enough already?”

The answer is probably in all of the above, plus one.  The South Carolina State scandal does not involve the public figures Tea Party leaders really want to target – Republicans.  The SC TP loves to attack Nikki Haley and the state GOP.  They get paid to do so – paid from out-of-state sources with very singular interests.  The pols most involved in the SCU debacle are either Democrats or Republicans who DO want to severely restrict (or finish) the school.

Once again – hypocrites.

What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got?

Courage!

Will the Constitution Destroy America?

Americans take great pride in our nation’s founding documents.  At the time of its publication, the Declaration of Independence was an astounding rebuke of tyrannical rule that took the spirit of the Magna Carta and, with the subsequent Constitution, “formed a more perfect union.”  Not perfect, but more perfect.

That Constitution is one of mankind’s most important documents.  It created a government and a governmental process unlike any ever seen and, in doing so, empowered the citizens as the masters of their national fate.

In the 239 years since its adoption, the Constitution, much like the Bible, has been massaged, interpreted, misinterpreted, ignored, blasphemed, misquoted, misrepresented and amended.  And, as it is with both, so much analysis and opinion has been applied to their principles that the core values they intended to nurture have been lost. Continue reading

Bowvember: SC High School Students Helping Kids With Brain Tumors

Please read the following message from the Chapin High School students who have initiated this loving tribute to two small members of their community.  It’s an effort to show support for two children in the same South Carolina elementary school each with brain tumors, one inoperable.  Although donations would be wonderful, what they are asking for is a simple photo.  It’s easy to do and will mean so much to these children.

Please help.  Be creative.  Be serious.  Be goofy.  Go big!  Go in groups. Got pets? How about guys with hair boys and girls with (fake) moustaches?  Bow-Vember.  Be a Guy’s guy!

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Putin’s Military Bravado Enhanced By Stolen Secrets

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The following was published by Human Events on Nov. 4.

For those paying attention, Russia has become considerably more forceful in the last year.  From military intervention in Ukraine over control of the Crimea peninsula, to substantial increases in air platform surveillance and military flights around Japan, to incursions into northwestern U.S. and Canadian air defense zones, to submarine and spy ship activities off the eastern and gulf coasts of the U.S., suspected computer system hacking of major American banks and maybe even the shoot down of a Malaysian passenger plane, Vladimir Putin has the Russian bear roaring for all to hear. Continue reading

Landrieu Exposes Racists: It’s US!

Mary Landrieu

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D) who is in a tight race for re-election (as are a whole etouffee pot of Democrats nation-wide) has revealed to the world that the reason her campaign is in jeopardy is because of … racism.  Oh, and sexism.

“I’m going to be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.

“It’s not always been a good place for women to be able to present ourselves.  It’s more of a conservative place, so we’ve had to work a little bit harder on that.”

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