Yesterday I wrote about how I nearly choked while forcing myself to watch Tim Scott's TV ad about how he has been hanging around us "everyday people." Call it masochism, but as one of the simple folk, I subscribe to Senator Scott's email newsletter, in order to be better informed as to what headaches the royalty are experiencing on my account. Usually it has to do with battling that great beast, Obama. But at times Scott feels he owes it to us to share the good news. Which, of course, has to do with him, not us.
When Scott was running for the House of Representatives two short (or maybe too long) years ago, he was conveniently awarded the folksy sounding, "Standing Up for Seniors Award." He got that by insisting that we seniors would be far better off if we got off our butts and supported ourselves for a couple more years, and if we stopped letting the government coddle us the way it coddles Congress.
Quelle surprise! The award was given out by a group called RetireSafe, whose name really referred to the fact that you should climb into bed and pull the covers up if you really wanted to be safe from these guys. They are a group of right wingnuts that make buckets of money for Big Pharma; they are still out there doing their best to keep us away from drugs that don't maximize profit for their members.
As Arlo Guthrie once said, "Some things change; some things don't." This year's "Taxpayers' Friend Award" is brought to Tim by the National Taxpayers Union (yes, a union), one of those groups that like to throw around words like "freedom" a lot. Their goal, of course, is to cut taxes, the byproduct of which would be to cut government services. Oh, but they fail to mention the cutting services part. Tim calls it a "nonpartisan advocacy group," which is what you do when you have a bunch of rich partisans giving you an award and you want to lie about it.
Anyway, I want to end once again by saying that Tim Scott is a phony, and I wouldn't believe him if he told me what day of the week it is. What I would do is urge everyone who really does work hard and pay taxes and try to do the best they can to support someone who really will work in Congress for us.
Not afraid to speak her mind.
Joyce Dickerson has been and will continue to fight for our individual freedoms -- as opposed to Tim's battle for corporate rights. The right to earn a living wage, the right to health care equality and privacy, the right to a good education, which requires investing in good teachers and good schools in order to invest in our kids. The right of veterans and the unemployed to get back on their feet. The right of each of us to vote. The right to have our government work for us, and not against us.
Don't forget, the ETV SC Senate debate is on October 28. Listen for yourself, and spread the word.