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Tom Davis: Stagnant SC Employment Is “Bad News”

S.C. Sen. Tom Davis issued the following statement on South Carolina’s latest employment situation report: “Our stagnant 8.1 percent unemployment rate is bad news, but even worse news is the fact our income levels are down and our workforce has shrunk to an all-time low. We can do so much…

S.C. Sen. Tom Davis issued the following statement on South Carolina’s latest employment situation report:

“Our stagnant 8.1 percent unemployment rate is bad news, but even worse news is the fact our income levels are down and our workforce has shrunk to an all-time low. We can do so much better as a state, but we’re never going to reach our full potential unless we truly embrace the free market, lower taxes for everyone – not just for the favored few – and rebate surplus tax collections back to the taxpayers, as opposed to spending it on even more government.

“Neither the increased intervention by government in our economy favored by South Carolina’s Democratic leadership, nor the crony capitalism championed by the governor and other prominent state GOP leaders – that is, providing subsidies, grants, loopholes, and other taxpayer-funded favors to specific companies – leads to prosperity. The leadership in both political parties mistakenly believes more government is necessary to develop our economy.

“Instead of trying to devise new and improved economic plans, our elected officials should restore power to the people and work to make South Carolina the freest state in America – a state where taxes are low for everyone, where the rule of law prevails, where liberty is protected, where the free market flourishes, and where government is limited to specific core functions. If South Carolina becomes the freest state, it will be the place where entrepreneurs bring their ideas, start their businesses, and invest their capital – and as a result provide better economic opportunities for our citizens.”

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Cut Them Taxes Bo! September 20, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Gee this is original!Wonder why no one else thought of it?Tax cuts will solve everything!

Philip Branton September 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Ya know……..we highly wager that if someone were to actually print this out and go to the “South of the Border” exit and read this while passing copies of it out for concerned taxpayers and fuel station customers to read.. that someone would get the “doo” kicked out of them.

Is this what Tom Davis went to LAW School for..?

Is this what Tom Davis really wants his voters to consider..?

How is this article going to benefit any voters PENSION in this state..? …or benefit their monthly budget..?

Your mama September 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm

How does anything you say affect anything?

Philip Branton September 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Well…….we highly wager that if … ” I ” stopped using this website and offering questioning comments that it would make an impact upon Wil Folk’s advertising bottom line.

Just think if “You” had not left your comment………would an advertising “analyst” get different results from this article..?

My Momma has seen a South of the Border billboard….. has YOUR MAMA laughed at Pedro..??

We highly wager that Pedro could write a better presser than the one written here by Padre Davis….!!

vicupstate September 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm

So is this Davis’ way of saying he is running for Governor, without saying it in those words?

CNSYD September 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Carpetbaggers and scalawags have been the bane of SC’s existence for over 100 years. Davis is just another one.

Where ya from? September 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Yeah, because SC is doing such a great job with one of her own in the state house. Not saying I like what Davis proposes, but calling someone a “carpetbagger” is tired as hell.

sweepin September 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm

OK, so he’s a floating turd. Is that better?

Where ya from? September 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Yeah, it is, because it has to do with his proposals and not where he’s from.

CNSYD September 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

Obviously you are not familiar with scalawags.

TyroneButterballs September 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Please add: …and where everyone is dirt poor and staying that way because of decades of “conservative leadership” in Columbia.
I’d like to see all these South Carolinians living in trailers with an 8th grade education on crack and getting unemployment benefits starting their own businesses and getting wealthy with low taxes and lesser government. HA !
You just gotta love the GOP’s tenacity for endless cheerleading and pipe dreams.

Gillon September 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm

in the inimitable words of Miss South Carolina, “That’s how we roll!”

Curious September 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

So… Davis or Nikki? Because it’s gonna be one of ’em.

Beachtiger0412 September 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Gee I didn’t know any better – Looks to me like Davis is getting ready to primary Nikki Haley

Lowcorider September 20, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Tom believes 1/2 of South Carolinians pay no taxes. So exactly how does a tax cut help these folks. Nothin from nothin leaves nothin. He also has a plan for offering education tax credits for welfare recipients and minimum wage workers. He loves to bully 8th graders.

Walter-White September 21, 2013 at 7:49 am

Perhaps Tom will offer all citizens those tax credits afforded his developer pals. Give every South Carolinian an annual $25,000 tax credit and allow them to sell it to the highest bidder. Of course the sale itself would be taxed but nonetheless you would be giving folks a tax credit that wasn’t bullshit for a change.

The Colonel September 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

Thanks for noticing Tom, where have you been for oh, all of your life? SC has traditionally lagged behind the national numbers, that’s nothing new.

The question I have for you is what are you and your boys over at the State House willing to do about it?

Will you:
– cut some corporate tax rates,
– reduce some of the red tape required to move a business here,
– support Tech Ed since that education is driving much of what little revival we have in the economy,
– oppose any unnecessary spending from this day forward and repeal anything that we’re currently wasting money on?

Or are you, as Bill O’Reilly likes to say, just bloviating?

Jan September 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Describe the red tape involved in moving a business here. How much lower than about 1% in taxes can you go?

The Colonel September 23, 2013 at 6:31 am

No S Corp or private LLC is paying anything close to 1%. They pay a tax on products they purchase to conduct their business at 7+%, they pay any number of taxes on/for their employees (and/or themselves). They are taxed on profits at an average of 5% according to the 2012 statistics. The vast majority of jobs being created are being created by the S Cop and private LLCs.

As for the difficulty in starting a business I owned a company that refurbished apartments and rental properties between renters. Basically what we did was clean and paint. I had to have multiple licenses and certifications for things that you as a homeowner or renter could do with no oversight. We didn’t handle hazmat or even dispose of trash beyond the normal cleaning but I still had to have the “appropriate certifications”. We had a different “contractor’s license in every little “burg” that I did business in. We haven’t even gotten to the wage and income reporting piece but I’ll cut to the chase and let you look at it:

Simplify the process to encourage new start up, new start ups expand the tax base and encourage other to start up businesses and move to the state – as long as we keep most of the Yankees out, it’s a win-win.

Frank Pytel September 24, 2013 at 5:13 am

You’ll come to truly appreciate Jan’s Vast Business Experience. You see, she owns a business. Mmm Hmmm. She knows. Yes. She Knows.

Frank Pytel September 24, 2013 at 5:11 am

About 1% lower than 1%. I thought you ran a business Jan?

Ricky Naley September 21, 2013 at 9:39 am

Yeah more corporate welfare from the head teabagger is what we need in this state…old teabaggers voting for politicions that want to end their social security makes me laugh everytime.

Soft Sigh from Hell September 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm

It’s just the standard, albeit totally empty, theme.
“JOE MEANS JOBS” Yeah, right.

bogart September 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Can’t stand Tom Davis but that’s a damn fine picture of Billy Currington.

Jean Anne Lewis September 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Vote Smart. Vote Blue In 2014.

Carolina Girl September 22, 2013 at 12:35 am

Thanks for nothing Nikki No-Good Haley!!!

SparkleCity September 22, 2013 at 1:27 am

Does this mean that recreational drugs and prostitution will become legal and abortion upon demand will be unfettered under the Tom Davis’ vision of the “freest state in the nation”??

Something tells me that the good senator won’t go for real no bullshit freedoms but only the “Freedoms” he thinks should be allowed.

He is just another liar who can’t be believed!!!

South Carolina is just a small version of Japan, if you can’t pimp the populace and work like worker bees in a hive for a pittance. The state of South Carolina will cease to exist in the 21st century.

Face it: The old model of the 1950’s – 1970’s for South Carolina is dead and gone.

Get over it Davis (and the ass-kissers who think like you…)

It ain’t coming back

CNSYD September 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm

How are your kin, the wild and wonderful Whites doing in WVa?

Walter-White September 22, 2013 at 6:44 am

Over the last three years SCANA has paid corporate taxes at the whopping rate of .1%. 45% of corporations pay no corporate tax. Hmmm.

Frank Pytel September 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm

There not supposed to. Corp’s were basically set up as non profits as all of the profits go back to shareholders. Shareholders are the ones supposed to be paying the taxes on the profits.

The Colonel September 24, 2013 at 3:23 am

Stop, don’t explain the facts…

dsmith September 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Gov. Haley turned down several hundred million dollars to set up health care exchanges just so the insurance industry would be her BFF. I think she threw the rest of us under the bus. Go Davis!


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