Be­ware ca­reer politi­cians

The Beaufort Gazette - - Opinion -

Ac­cord­ing to the Dec. 2 pa­per, the state of South Carolina is fi­nally look­ing to cor­rect the state po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion that has been around for years.

You can only imag­ine how much SCANA paid state leg­is­la­tors to al­low the nuclear build­ing fi­asco that has been at ratepay­ers’ ex­pense. Yet, like fools, we kept re­elect­ing these same peo­ple year af­ter year.

You might say “we de­serve what we got.” I do not think all the cul­prits in­volved in this ac­tion have been ex­posed. Will they be ex­posed? I think this runs too deep. Time will tell, though, and we as vot­ers can have a say.

What I do think should hap­pen is tak­ing a closer look at the lo­cal politi­cians and the stran­gle­hold they have had over the lo­cal con­stituents. Like the state, many seem to be ca­reer politi­cians.

If you look at the in­crease in your lo­cal taxes, you will get some un­der­stand­ing. In­fra­struc­ture costs and the monies don’t seem to show up right up front. Hm­mmm.

Look at the White­hall settlement. At best, an acre of land there is worth $100,000, maybe $1 mil­lion to­tal, yet the county will be pay­ing close to $5 mil­lion? Ouch! Even $5 mil­lion would be too much for 10 acres. Hats off to the cre­ative thinkers who came up with a very profitable idea. They had a great strat­egy but tax­pay­ers are still foot­ing the bill.

Peo­ple had bet­ter start think­ing about fu­ture elec­tions and con­sider get­ting rid of more of their elected “pro­fes­sional politi­cians.” That in­cludes na­tional, state and lo­cal. – Robert Kiessling Lady’s Is­land

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