Conventions and Polls

Conventions and Polls

Every week appears to be notable for one reason or another, and this past week was no exception. There were at least two reasons to consider the last week in April notable in South Carolina: the state Democratic Party Convention and the release of a new Winthrop Poll.

In addition to the predictably rousing keynote speaker (Labor Secretary Thomas Perez) and the selection of delegates to the Democratic National Convention, this year’s South Carolina Democratic Convention passed a number of Resolutions covering a wide range of topics. As initial food for thought, here are the topics. The Winthrop Poll addressed many of them as well, noting which divide us along ethnic and/or political party lines and which unite us. All of them are likely candidates for discussion among readers of The Edgefield Advertiser over the coming weeks.

  • Sensible Gun Laws. What should we as a state and as a nation consider to be “sensible”?
  • Criminal Justice Reform. Are our detention and incarceration policies working? Are they ethical?
  • Black Lives Matter. What is this movement all about, and should it single out blacks alone?
  • Immigration Reform. Should across-the-board reforms continue to receive bipartisan support?
  • Political advertisements and political contributions. Do we need a Constitutional Amendment or other action to overturn the recent “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision permitting unlimited corporate and individual political campaign contributions, notwithstanding bipartisan legislation limiting them?
  • Economic Security. Both national party platforms will agree that our nation’s economy should be stronger than it is in recovering from the 2005-2008 Great Recession. What specific steps should the next administration carry out to solidify the recovery begun in 2009?
  • Minimum Wage. Should the South Carolina and/or the federal government raise the minimum wage from its present $7.25, set in 2009 as the recovery was barely beginning?
  • Particularly within our state, what should be done to prioritize and fund repair and expansion of our infrastructure without stripping funding from education and other programs?
  • Election Law Review. Are Voter ID laws part of the solution or part of the problem?
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work. Is there a pay equity problem that discriminates against women whose qualifications match their male counterparts? If so, what is the solution?
  • Equal Opportunity and Treatment. Should LGBTQ Americans as a class be added to existing anti-discrimination laws, within our state and within our nation?
  • The public school system in South Carolina reportedly ranks 47th out of the 50 states. What needs to be done?
  • Environmental Issues. Should we be expanding or reducing our fossil fuel production and use in South Carolina (including offshore exploration and drilling) and across the nation?
  • International Trade. Should Congress and the next administration support or oppose new “free trade” agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Robert Scott

One Response to "Conventions and Polls"

  1. Richard   May 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Interesting that all the topics issued were framed in a way that promotes the Democrat/Liberal/Progressive/Leftist agenda, highlighting the ways that do not work to improve life in our state. For example, the “Great Recession” was not from 2005-2009, but began in 2007 when the fruits of Democrat/Liberal/Progressive/Leftist policies (notably the “everybody, even those who can”t afford it, deserves to own a home” act) finally collapsed as the house of cards they were and the ideas of a Democrat/Liberal/Progressive/Leftist Treasury Secretary (nominated by a Republican President who felt he had to “reach across the aisle”) made matters infinitely worse with bail-outs, then compounded by a Democrat/Liberal/Progressive/Leftist President who pushed through a “stimulus” which also prolonged the problem, turning it into the Great Recession of 2009 (Mr. Obama first coined the term “Great Recession,” as you remember) through at least 2016. Although the stock market (made up of numbers not necessarily related to factual robustness of the economy) has technically recovered much of its value, across the country wages are flat or lower, prices are higher, wealth is less, and taxes (particularly the additional tax penalties from the “Affordable” Care Act) are higher than ever. Doesn’t sound like a recovery to me. However, Democrats/Liberals/Progressives/Leftists are well-practiced in espousing falsehoods and disguising them as good news when the facts on the ground never support such. More of the same……but what else should I expect?