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Citizen’s Guide to Politician Talk

The Citizen’s Guide to Politician Talk

If only we had more politicians who thought for themselves, like Mayor Pike. If you pay any attention at all to politics, you’ve probably noticed that politicians speak a very specific language, refined over decades of political tradition specifically for the purpose of getting you to elect them and allow them to spend your money […]

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The Problem with Economic Development

“Mr. Chairman, I’d like to allot $500 out of my Recreation account to the ‘Snowbirds over Anderson’ event.” “Second.” “We have a motion and a second. Is there any discussion? Hearing none, all in favor raise your right hands. Let the minutes show the motion passes unanimously.” This is a scene we see enacted regularly […]

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Our Money, Our Freedom

Originally written as an Op-Ed to submit to our local paper. “SC loses $175 million Race to the Top education grant.” So ran the headline of a South Carolina Radio Network article a few weeks ago. It seems that a very competitive and lucrative education grant has slipped through our fingers – again. Superintendent of […]

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Two Great Speeches by Daniel Hannan

I’ve been a fan of Daniel Hannan since his speech to Britain’s Prime Minister went viral months ago. Below are two recent speeches he gave, the first in the European Parliament (where he serves as M.E.P. of South East England), and the second at the International Leaders’ Summit in Brussels. I felt like shouting when […]

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