Thornton: DC Dysfunction Means SC Must Compete
The outcome of the so-called “shutdown” and debt debate in D.C. comes as no surprise to liberty-minded Americans. We know Democrats and Republicans are different sides of the same coin, so it was predictable the GOP would eventually give in to the wishes of this over-the-top fiscally liberal administration. Career politicians of both major parties have shown time and again that taxpayers are their last priority – taking over our economy and mutilating our free market beyond recognition.
They are more concerned with making sure they have clean towels at their government-funded gym than making sure our small businesses are thriving and our families are making ends meet.
I can’t help but wonder what our country would be like if the federal government answered to the state governments who, in turn, answered to their citizens. Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve read the Constitution and we’ve got the chain of command backwards today.
Fortunately there is one step our state’s leaders could take today that would show we are concerned for our citizens: Ending the state’s income tax.
Given the lack of taxpayer protection in Washington it is immensely important that our state do whatever it can to become more competitive. I’ve heard many stories about people from other states (especially from my home state of Tennessee) turning down jobs in South Carolina because our taxes would negate the pay raises they were slated to receive. We are no longer competitive in the battle for jobs – even among our Southern neighbors. Allowing the average worker to keep that seven percent of their income would be a seismic change. It would amount to, on average, $2000 more every year for each working citizen. That money would stay in the private sector where it would be used much more wisely, instead of sending it to Columbia, where corruption and cronyism are as common as horseflies on a farm.
Our state leaders need to do more than pay lip service to income tax relief. They need to follow the lead of North Carolina and actually pass it. Otherwise, we will continue to fall further behind the rest of the country – which in these trying times is a very dangerous thing.
Alex Thornton is a Libertarian who resides in Charleston, S.C. She’s a wife who takes pictures for a living, runs to relax and loves God, her husband and fighting to make the Palmetto State more competitive.