Voters must do their homework

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Donna McClennen

Mary Bernsdorff is running for the S.C. House District 45 seat. I can not question Mrs. Bernsdorff’s intentions or her motives in running for the State House.
I disagree with her campaign agenda that education must be our No. 1 priority. Her recent flyer states that “our schools are failing” and that as a lifelong educator she wants to fix the problem. But haven’t lifetime educators created the problem of our failing public school system? How then can we expect them to remedy the situation? We need people who can think outside the box of those entrenched in public education whose mantra has been and will always be that more money is needed for our schools. More money for schools has always translated to higher taxes for you and me. I maintain that you can’t continue to pour more money into a broken system.
We all agree that we want better schools and the best education for our children but clearly more money has not been and never will be the remedy to fixing the public school system and sending lifelong educators to fix the problem is not the solution. They can’t see the forest for the trees.
Given the current unemployment numbers for Lancaster County and the nation, jobs must demand our utmost priority.
We can not continue to spend money at the record setting rate of the Obama administration and the Democratic controlled Congress. It is simply unsustainable. The last thing District 45 needs is to send another tax and spend Democrat to the Statehouse. I encourage you to vote for Deborah Long for the House District 45 seat. She has a proven record of running a successful small business for more than 25 years and she stands for the core conservative values of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and the free market system.
About the only thing that I do agree with Mrs. Bernsdorff on is that “we can’t keep sending the same people and expect different results.” I hope those in U.S. House District 5 will take that wisdom to the voting booth and vote for Mick Mulvaney. It’s time to bring John Spratt home – 28 years is long enough.
I have supported John Spratt in the past but he is no longer the moderate Democrat that South Carolina sent to Washington. He has been reduced to nothing more than a Pelosi puppet voting with the Obama/Pelosi agenda 98 percent of the time including his vote for the failed stimulus, Obamacare (thanks for my higher 2011 premiums and more out of pocket expenses), for Cap and Trade, etc.
This election and the presidential election of 2012 may be the most important in our history. Please vote to restore sanity and conservative principles to our nation and our state.
Please vote for Deborah Long and Mick Mulvaney on Nov. 2.

Donna McClennen
Indian Land