Both Andre Bauer and Tom Rice are naive, complacent and inattentive when it comes to Georgetown.
In their recent debates leading up to Tuesday's runoff, Georgetown and its port were either mentioned in a whim or never at all. And this, my friends, is a shame.
A shame because these so-called anti-government candidates are looking to receive a government job, thanks to you, supported by taxpayer dollars. How quaint.
One moves here to the area for the prime opportunity and the other seeks political stardom. Then again, both seek to pad their ego rather than do anything for Georgetown County, its workers and the port.
But don't worry, friends. As long as they throw enough God at you to keep you at bay, you'll fall in line and vote yourselves out of existence.
However, one has to think why these anti-government candidates work in government. Surely, it's for something. Right?
Yes. It's to propel their agenda and theirs alone. That agenda, folks, does not include Georgetown or jobs.
Andre Bauer knows nothing about Georgetown's port. Nor does he care to. You see, he's a real estate man - as he continually boasts in debates. No need to worry about Georgetown. Myrtle Beach is the prime concern. As for Tom Rice, what exactly is his plan to get the Georgetown port dredged? There isn't any.
Be my guest and waste your votes on lies, rhetoric and empty promises. Face it, Henry Brown failed Georgetown. Tim Scott failed Georgetown. Both are Republicans. Are we not awake enough to move past glitzy ads, self indulging promises and idiotic code words meant to stir up emotions rather than focus on the facts?
Both Republican candidates for the 7th Congressional District count on you to stay numb.
The Georgetown port is the major issue in Georgetown County as is Interstate 73 in Horry County. However, what both candidates and moderators of recent debates fail to point out (and stick on) is both would work together in bringing in new jobs while sustaining the current ones we have.
Nonetheless, it seems the focus is yet again on tourism rather than manufacturing. This is one reason the Georgetown port is being ignored.
A Friday debate between Bauer and Rice failed to include any mention of the one-cent sales tax commission report, where $5.5 million in funds could be generated for the port's dredging. More, if this issue was brought up, the candidates would have been put on the spot to discuss where more funds would come from to complete the task and maintain the depth afterward.
Yes, we fail to get answers from Republican candidates seeking a government job on a federally supported port.
And leave it to a glitzy Republican governor to veto the bill meant to help create and sustain jobs in Georgetown County.
Must I keep reminding people of the Republican rule in this state? The have owned the state house, the state legislature and this district area for plenty of years. Where are the results? Our port has been dying a slow death. Roads are ruining. Georgetown's industries are cherry picked by politicians who receive the biggest donations from them.
I suppose if a murky arm raised out of the port channel and handed Bauer or Rice or Scott a huge political donation, they'd not shut up about getting funds to dredge it. Sadly, this isn't make believe.
I pose this question to the residents of Georgetown, hoping they'd forget all politics and look clearly at it: Are we as a people obligated to vote for people who haven't the slightest clue in helping Georgetown? I mean, when you vote away all government responsibility and leave Republicans collecting huge political donations on top of a government salary funded by taxpayers, does that help Georgetown grow?
I think not.
But until people wake up from their dismal sleep, I'll keep wishing for that murky arm to pop out and hand the 7th Congressional District winner a huge donation - because that will be the only thing left to motivate him/her in getting our port dredged.
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