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I have now received two mailers in the S.C. Senate District 16 race accusing Mick Mulvaney of wanting to raise our gasoline taxes. They both “quote” (to use the term loosely) the same Lancaster News article from January 2007.
I know Mr. Mulvaney, and know how conservative he is. I also know he was recently awarded a Taxpayer Champion Award and was recognized as the second most fiscally conservative person in the entire House of Representatives. He’s got a long record of voting against tax increases, including the gas tax.
So, I smelled something fishy about those mailers. I did what I am sure the people who sent the mailers never wanted me to do: I found the newspaper article. Its title? “Freshman Rep Talks Priorities: Mulvaney Skeptical of Tax Increases.”
The article went on to talk about how Mr. Mulvaney was willing to consider raising the tax (back when gas was under $2 a gallon) as one possible way to get counties more money for roads and bridges. He went to great length, however, to say that reform of the inefficient S.C. Department of Transportation had to happen before any tax could even be considered.
My favorite line was how Mr. Mulvaney was “skeptical of any tax increase.”
Sometimes a half-truth is more dangerous than a lie (although I’ve read and heard plenty of those too during this campaign as well). One of the things most seriously wrong with politics today is that some people are more than willing to sacrifice truth just to attack an opponent. If his opponent, and groups supporting her, told the whole truth, they would be advocating the election of Mick Mulvaney.
The fact is Mick Mulvaney is the one politician I know who actually is tight with public money, favors lower taxes and wants less government spending.
Mick, himself a small businessman who attended Harvard Business School, understands business and how jobs are created. He wants to eliminate taxes and reduce regulation on businesses in an effort to create a better business environment to attract and retain good companies, and grow good jobs, which our area so desperate needs. Mick knows that cutting taxes and regulations results in growth, not the other way around.
Mick Mulvaney is a rare politician who actually tells you his positions on the issues, who describes his ideas and who actually keeps his campaign promises after being elected. Think of that. A politician who does what he says. That should not be unusual, but we all know it is. But then Mick is not your usual politician.
I see that one mailer was sent out by the S.C. Senate Democrat Caucus. One thing is for sure, we don’t want to increase the size of its membership. Just another reason I’m supporting and will be voting for Mick Mulvaney on Nov. 4.