Apparently, my soon-to-be-former congressman, Tim Scott, heard that I was going to miss him. He has been spamming my email since the election. I can only assume that he is revving up for 2014, and I am willing to bet that he is looking to replace Senator Jim DeMint when DeMint resigns from the Senate to become King of the Tea Party.
Tim always did want to grow up to be Jim DeMint.
Now, when I say Tim Scott is "my" congressman, it is in the sense that I might "have" a bad case of poison ivy. It is only mine in the sense that I have to deal with it.
In his latest email, South Carolina's reigning African-American Tea Partier leads off with telling me how he is fighting to keep us from getting pushed off that fiscal cliff. He is of course going to do it without raising taxes on job creators, because that would be "punishing success."
I would think that punishing success has more to do with the low pay we in South Carolina get for our hard work, or the high rate of unemployment for our high school and college graduates. Or how about trying to make seniors work longer before they can collect social security benefits, and wait longer for Medicare benefits, after a life of contributing to both? I'm thinking that voting against affordable student loans is pretty much punishing success right there.
Tim Scott is not afraid to brag that he has just received another one of those awards, this time the National Association of Manufacturer's Award for -- hold your hats -- Manufacturing Legislative Excellence! Now I know the kind of awards our Tim gets, so I looked this bunch up. Sure enough, they are an industry lobbying group. You know, the guys who have a lot more money to throw around in D.C. than you or I do. They want to help convince our legislators that, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency is an evil enterprise. I guess Tim got the award because he didn't take that much convincing.
Apparently, he also sent holiday greetings to our troops overseas, which means a lot more to him than voting for bills that would improve the way of life of returning veterans.
Our Tim is never one to forget to send a card.
I wish the hypocrisy was funny, but it's not. We really should be outraged that this fortunate young man pretends to care about the working class people in neighborhoods like the one where he was raised, and then votes repeatedly against those people. He has thrown his lot in with the moneyed interests, who then give him phony-baloney awards for doing their bidding.
So, once again, shame on you Tim Scott.