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Pivotal South Carolina primary should keep its funding

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Since 1980, South Carolina has picked the Republican presidential nominee.

This coming election, the Palmetto State's role could be as pivotal as ever. Consider: It's possible, with Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's ascendancy in the polls, that Iowa and New Hampshire could split their votes: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is basically skipping Iowa and looks strong in New Hampshire.

The Republican Party, and the nation, seem poised to turn to South Carolina for a tiebreaker vote in the vaunted "first-in-the-South" primary.

If there is one, that is.

State funding for the primary appeared endangered early this week by a potential veto of a spending bill by Gov. Nikki Haley.

While we are very high on the governor, we strongly believe a veto of the South Carolina primary funding would be a huge mistake.

We frankly don't think very much of the caucus system, in which party nominees are chosen by whoever shows up at a meeting and has the courage to stand up publicly for the candidate they prefer; such a system lends itself to manipulation and coercion and intimidation. We much prefer the security and privacy of a secret ballot in a primary election.

And while no one wants budgets cut more than we do, there are some basic functions of government that will always be worth our tax money -- and free and fair elections are right up there with the most important of them.

Any decision to axe the primary would be penny-wise and pound-foolish anyway: The state may save on this end, but would lose big-time in exposure, prestige and, more importantly, millions of campaign dollars.

Haley spokeman Rob Godfrey argued recently that we must return to spending only on "core" functions of government. We couldn't agree more. But we disagree with the notion that the primary is not a core function.

Godfrey notes that, historically, the political nomination machinery was funded by the major parties. Yes. But things have changed; the nature of the nomination process has changed. Primaries have become a part of the public infrastructure. As such, they deserve taxpayer support.

South Carolina has fought hard to etch out its prominent place in the presidential nominating process. What a shame it would be to fritter it away.

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faithson
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faithson 06/28/11 - 12:21 am
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Well than go find the 1.5

Well than go find the 1.5 million it will take to put it on.

Brittanicus
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Brittanicus 06/28/11 - 12:27 am
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So let’s do this? This
Unpublished

So let’s do this? This relates to illegal alien that keep
arriving in the millions and the taking of the lowest echelon of American jobs
every year. Shall we begin with the church? The Baptists, Catholics and many
religious congregations, want the 20 million plus illegal aliens given Amnesty.
How about they open their treasuries and pay for the uninsured illegal aliens
who swoop down on the exhausted Doctors and Nurses in emergency rooms across
this country or all the children of illegal aliens smuggle into our nation, who
have “carte blanche” to register in our overloaded school system. We should demand
of the encroaching giant, the Vatican to pay for every illegal alien that sits
in their pews.

ALL CHURCHES SHOULD MUST PAY THERE FAIR SHARE, INSTEAD OF BEING
CRITICAL OF THE MASSIVE GRASS ROOTS OF INDEPENDENT THINKERS, WHO SEE THIS AS A
INVASION OF UNITED STATES SOVEREIGNTY.

I
am sure the Pope could open the Vatican bank and deliver handouts of money,
room and board and an education for all the children, instead of US taxpayers? Then
again, seeing the Democrats are so Liberal with other people's money, ask their
shadow government run by George Soros and the Tide foundation he supports, to
pay some of his billions to support the occupation.
How about the
churches pay the 600 dollars plus apiece for every instant citizenship baby
born here? Instead of complaining about
our sovereignty laws and giving the burden to US society, Let the Bishops and
Cardinals and clergy open their wallets. Down the line we have other open border
zealots, such as US Chamber of Commerce, The Ford foundation and the Council of
Foreign Relations to supplement the income of foreign invaders, who have been
mooching of the US taxpayer for decades.

Then we have the power moguls in
Washington of the epicenter of Republican leaders who are just as
much of the culpability as the opposite party in not enforcing the
borders, or tracking visa over stays? The Agrarian side of the coin should
also pay their fair share, as they deceive all Americans, by sending their
illegal injured workers to the nearest hospital, or placing the children in
overcrowded schools in the farming communities. Many Americans have been
brain-washed with the old tune of $6.00 for a Iceberg Lettuce.

IT IS THE LARGEST PONZI SCHEME AS I HAVE
REPEATEDLY SAID, PLAYED ON THE US TAXPAYER. AS I HAVE REITERATED FOR YEARS,
THIS MONEY TAX GRAB TAKEN OUT OF OUR POCKETS, TO FINANCE ILLEGAL ALIENS THAT
HAVE ACCESS TO BETTER BENEFITS THAN AMERICANS. YOU AS AMERICAN WITH LEGAL ID
ARE CHASED DOWN THE ROAD BY DEBT COLLECTORS FOR ANY HOSPITAL SERVICES. THEY
STEAL US TAXPAYERS ID AND THE IRS STATES THEY CAN DO NOTHING?

In memorandum Liberal
judges were encouraged to set precedence on laws to pay for health care for any
uninsured person, which includes the majority of illegal foreign born
immigrants. In addition, we are also scalped for billions in taxpayer’s money,
to educate illegal children through k-12. May not their fault, but their
parents crime should not go unpunished.
If the 1986 Immigration laws were purportedly
to be enforced after that mass amnesty, with businesses facing harsh sanctions
for hiring these people, we would not be in such a financial downfall. The
welfare and public entitlement programs are dying, because of overzealous
legislators, Governors and Mayors either manipulated or have brown bags of
$50.000 dollars hidden in a refrigerator or concealed elsewhere?

TEA PARTY PEOPLE are America's disowned by the Republican old party or the democrats infiltrated by this Leftist progressive movement. Both parties have been carefully groomed by the innocuous open border lobbyists and the mega-corporation. Either party wants to outlaw the US Constitution, our certain liberties and true freedom that Americans have shed blood for since the Revolutionary war. If all Americans don't stand together the ultra-Liberals will get more of a foothold, that's why Minnesota Representative and TEA PARTY caucus leader Michele Bachmann has a strong alternative to the policies of Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell. Our country is in a very series downfall, from unfair Trade with China who has engineers its currency and cheap labor neighbors, such as Mexico. In addition we have been the political pressure valve for lowering the impoverished population of many countries, south of the border. With our politicians in Washington abusing their power by allowing the invasion, allowing millions from tourist and other visa overstays to take outrageous advantage of the middle class and our own low income.

We need all Presidential candidates who stand with the TEA PARTY, to sign a pledge of commitment condemning the policies of both parties and not climbing above the $14.4 trillion treasury deficit ceiling. It's almost unbelievable that the world’s consumer nation must beg for loans from foreign nations. We need to stop Prez Obama's access and all his minions that are spending money on unfriendly nations as Pakistan and halt the wire transfers of money from illegal aliens leaving the country at 45 Billion dollars a year. Those people who are interested just follow the money, drained from federal and state treasuries. An example is Western Union that is a big wire transfer of money out of the country. Just type what you really want to know, from illegal Immigration, the countries deficit, the Liberal progressive’s agenda or even the stealth merger being considered of the Mexico, Canada and this nation becoming as one in commercial and national policies.

Fortunately, there
is an air optimism of high spirits among the new recruits and the evolving US
Tea PARTY initiative. It is our only savior from the open border lobbyists
whose only purpose is monetary gain or a massive power rush. The last Amnesty
to supposedly for the processing aliens was a small amount of just 76 billion dollars;
the new Amnesty would buy a small country. Already the Obama
administration is forwarding stealth directives, not to fully enforce the arresting
illegal aliens.
It’s probable under our very noses the US enforcement laws that
are being fractured by the Presidents executive orders to the Department of
In-Justice. Illegal immigration isn't about a person’s DNA, the color of his
skin or his religious conviction if anything. It’s all about the draconian cost
to the US taxpayer, who must carry the tax burden for as long as the border
stays unsecured.

Tina Griego,
journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News wrote a column titled, ‘Mexican
Visitor’s Lament’ — 10/25/07.

She interviewed
Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week.
Hernandez said, ‘They (illegal aliens) pay rent, buy groceries, buy
clothes…What Happens to your country’s economy if 20 million people go away?’
That’s a good question – it deserves an answer. Over 80 percent of Americans
demand secured borders and illegal migration stopped. But what would happen if
all 20 million or more vacated America?

The answers may surprise you!

A whopping $338.3 BILLION DOLLARS
A YEAR WOULD BE SAVED FOR THE LEGAL US TAXPAYER!!! California, if its 3.5 million
(Most activists and the TEA PARTY believe it far more) illegal aliens moved
back to Mexico or other countries, it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to
spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It
would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could
understand one another as English became the dominant language again.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/28/11 - 06:40 am
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I miss the character limit.

I miss the character limit.

john.q.publius
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john.q.publius 06/28/11 - 08:53 am
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What on earth does that

What on earth does that screed have to do with the editorial to which it is "responding"?

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Chillen 06/28/11 - 09:25 am
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We have a phenomenal field of

We have a phenomenal field of candidates for President this year.

South Carolina Residents. As of right now, you have 4 choices for freedom and integrity. Listed in no particular order.

Rick Santorum
Herman Cain
Ron Paul
Michele Bachmann

If Rick Perry from TX or Chris Christie from NJ runs then you'll have some more.

Watch the mainstream media. The candidates that they relentlessly attack are the ones you need to vote for. They will be the ones who stand for freedom - which for some reason most liberals and the mainstream media are willing to give up.

The rest of the candidates (the ones I did not mention) are certainly light years better than the community organizer who has proven himself to be an utter disaster due to inexperience, poor policies and a bad agenda.

Choose wisely. For our freedom. For our kids.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/28/11 - 09:49 am
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Hoot-Smalley

Hoot-Smalley

avidreader
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avidreader 06/28/11 - 10:19 am
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I am a happy member of the

I am a happy member of the Blue Ribbon committee of PABST (People Against Barack Squandering the Treasury). However, I disagree with the Op. Editor today. The public funds of which you speak are only used to bolster the position of the GOP with no regard to squandering the treasury of SC. We could argue all day about core functions of government. Also, I vote with Techfan about limits on typed characters.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/28/11 - 11:37 am
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The guvmint has NO business
Unpublished

The guvmint has NO business involving itself in anything other than roadwork!

burninater
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burninater 06/28/11 - 11:40 am
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Chillen -- Watch the

Chillen -- Watch the mainstream media. The candidates that they relentlessly attack are the ones you need to vote for.

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If I may add, however, please pay attention to whether or not these are attacks, or legitimate reports of incompetency. We are electing an individual, not a home team -- try to resist the temptation to turn off the critical thinking ...

Chillen
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Chillen 06/28/11 - 12:19 pm
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When the mainstream media

When the mainstream media decrees that they feel like an "alien" while watching a conservative politicians speech, you know the fix is in. When someone who is considered media by the sheeple mocks the speech pattern of a conservative black man, you know the fix is in.

They are attacking character most of the time. THAT is a fact.

We are smart enough to know what is relevant & what is not burninator (well maybe we aren't, the mass sheeple did elect obama).

ECDanes
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ECDanes 06/28/11 - 12:42 pm
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First of all, why should the

First of all, why should the same 3 states pick the presidential nominees every time? Is that fair? I don't think so. Where was it decreed by God that Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina have the exclusive right to be first in every Presidential nominating cycle? I would favor rotating primaries and caucuses so that each time a new slate of states get to go first. First of all you would get a more diverse field of candidates. And with Iowa always going first, there's no wonder you never have a leading candidate from either party who is willing to stand up against corporate farm subsidies and ethanol subsidies. And one last thing, it should not be the responsibility of the taxpayers to pay for a political party's primary. Do third parties get this gift? Would the state pay for a primry for, say Ther Libertarian Party? I seriously doubt it, and the Libertarians would reject such a gifty on principle anyway.

DanK
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DanK 06/28/11 - 06:12 pm
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Why bother with a primary in

Why bother with a primary in SC? It doesn't matter. Whichever candidate the Republican party selects, the SC populace will vote for. So it's a waste of time, money and effort to even bother with these pre-election polls, caucuses and primaries.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 06/29/11 - 09:49 am
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Libertarians pick at

Libertarians pick at convention.

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