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Steve French Rolls Out Economic Proposals

SPENDING CUTS, TAX CUTS, END OF ANTIQUATED PROHIBITIONS ON LIBERTARIAN’S AGENDA South Carolina Libertarian gubernatorial nominee Steve French is rolling out a three-pronged plan that he says will “double the size” of the Palmetto State’s economy within a decade. French – a Lowcountry, S.C. small businessman – says a package…

SPENDING CUTS, TAX CUTS, END OF ANTIQUATED PROHIBITIONS ON LIBERTARIAN’S AGENDA

South Carolina Libertarian gubernatorial nominee Steve French is rolling out a three-pronged plan that he says will “double the size” of the Palmetto State’s economy within a decade.

French – a Lowcountry, S.C. small businessman – says a package of spending cuts, tax cuts and the elimination of antiquated prohibitions is needed to “turn South Carolina’s economy around and allow our citizens to prosper.”

And unlike “Republican” leaders who have done nothing but pay lip service to less government and lower taxes since taking power over a decade ago, French is outlining specific policies in support of his objectives.

First, French would scale state government spending back to 2010-11 levels – or “pre-Nikki Haley” levels.

“Government spending in South Carolina continued to grow during the recession even as hardworking people across the country had to tighten their belts,” French said in unveiling his plan.

So … is French’s spending “scale-back” an across-the-boards reduction?  No.  He says he would achieve the long-overdue government shrinkage via targeted cuts – including cuts to new and nonessential programs.

“We should start cutting spending by eliminating all the new programs that have been proposed over the past four years,” French says. “We could adjust for population growth in certain areas by cutting nonessential programs.”

On taxes, French is embracing proposals put forward by Republican S.C. Senators Katrina Shealy and Tom Davis – both of whom have called for the elimination of the state’s income tax (read about Shealy’s draft legislation HERE).

“The nine states with no income tax have created over 63 percent of the jobs in this country over the past decade,” French said. “South Carolina needs to be the tenth (state).”

We agree wholeheartedly …

“Several other candidates have paid lip service to removing the income tax,” French said. “But they either want to either raise taxes to make up for lost revenue or have never even bothered to come up with a realistic road map to achieve this end.”

As with Shealy’s proposal, French would “pay for” his tax relief with cuts to unnecessary government (and take advantage of the resulting economic growth).

Finally, French wants to legalize gambling and decriminalize marijuana in the Palmetto State – which according to him “would help broaden the tax base” and “lighten the load on South Carolina citizens.”

“South Carolina is well positioned to become an even larger tourist destination by allowing private gambling,” French said. “South Carolina also spends over $150 million simply arresting and convicting people for simple possession. This savings along with the increased tax revenue from the sale of marijuana would be applied directly to the taxpayers, not to increasing the size of government.”

We concur … in both respects (HERE and HERE).

French is the only candidate running for governor to propose specific tax and spending cuts – and his campaign spokesman tells FITS that more substantive fiscal policy is on the way.  By contrast, “Republican” Nikki Haley has staked out on fiscally liberal positions taxesspendingeducation and (most notably) government-subsidized health care – i.e. the exact opposite of what she said she would do when campaigning as the “Tea Party” favorite in 2010.

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51 comments

theblooms July 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

That’s why I’m voting for him. Victor Kocher for US Senate as well.

No, they AREN’T “wasted” votes, they’re votes of my conscious. And that is never wasted.

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Cheers July 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

Well said!

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Will Folks aka Sic July 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

Kocher is a wasted vote.

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CNSYD July 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

wasted just like T-Rav who boasts several meanings of “wasted”.

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The Colonel July 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

+10 and a “touché”

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Mike at the Beach July 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm

The “wasted” vote is like beauty…it’s all in the eye of the beholder. In the practical (read- “real”) world where most of us live, a candidate who will receive only a tiny sliver of the vote is not really in the game. Citizens who want to actually impact the outcome vote elsewhere.

Dan Salter July 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Voting for one big party candidate who will increase spending or the other big party candidate who will increase spending is actually impacting the outcome of the vote even less.

The Colonel July 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

Where do you dig find these tools fools erudite political rock stars up?

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Will Folks aka Sic July 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

They are legion. And we are coming … for YOU.

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The Colonel July 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

“Also rans” of the world unite!

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John July 16, 2014 at 10:21 am

I don’t give a damn about his economic ideas. When is he going to roll out his wife? She could earn him a few bucks for the campaign fund.

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Colin Ross July 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

She is raising a 7 month old who doesn’t sleep.

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GrandTango July 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

Democrat: the party that respects women for what’s in their blouse, and considers them ignorant, and worthless for anything else.

Nice going Dumb@$$….I bet you attended the Bill Clinton/John Edwards School of Women’s Rights.

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Smirks July 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

Better than the Sarah Palin sKul uv eDumaKashUn.

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Rush Limbaugh July 16, 2014 at 11:50 am

Shut up, you whore…before I trade yo ass in like the Newt fellow!!

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Will Folks aka Sic July 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

So hot …

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Buz Martin July 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Yep. BIG win on the hot spouse front.

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YallCalmDown July 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm

So irrelevant.

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Mike at the Beach July 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Hey now! Hot chics are *never* irrelevant…

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TontoBubbaGoldstein July 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Some “old school” FITSNEWS titty pics would get TBG’s vote.

(Steve French already has TBG’s vote…but there’s no need to tell him yet.)

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GrandTango July 16, 2014 at 10:30 am

Economic Idea First and Only: Win the Governor’s Mansion for the democrats.

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Smirks July 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

“Yes, French is just one of our undercover comrades running to help Sheheen win so we can confiscate your guns and tax all your money away! Muahahaha! Praise be to Mao!”

GrandTango has uncovered the dreaded Liberal-Tarian plot to destroy America! Will he be able to stop this nefarious scheme? Will his blog ever prevail over FITSNews? Will polar bears freeze to death in Hell? Find out next time!

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Colin Ross July 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

At risk of engaging grand tango, read our dang website. We are the only ones talking about gay marriage, gambling and pot. Not exactly Republican issues

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GrandTango July 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Do you also admit that only about 2 or 3% of the people are kooky enough to vote for you? If you have NO chance, why run?
Also: considering what you stand for, I hope you take Sheheen’s votes, not Haley’s. Which will make you hate our state even more, and maybe you’ll move.

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Colin Ross July 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm

French isn’t taking a vote from either Sheheen or Haley. They belong to the voters. But hey if you’re the only argument you have left to vote Republican is that they arn’t democrats then run with it. Unlike you Grand Tango I cannot spend my entire day commenting on a website while I collect social security so post whatever you want after this.

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Squishy123 July 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

When will candidates learn that if they don’t run in a primary in either the Republican or Democratic party that they don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting more than 10% of the vote and their efforts are nothing more than a waste of time and money? Independent, Libertarian, Communist, Green, etc… they all get about the same number of votes and combined don’t come close to 50%.

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southmauldin July 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

Her artificially augmented chest in this picture, used to elicit the usual responses, is counterbalanced by that pelt on his chest. That’s why they make t-shirts, Steve. Get a couple.

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willblogformoney July 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

That’s funny!

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nitrat July 16, 2014 at 11:32 am

The New Trashy.
And, he needs to grow a beard or shave.

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Same ol' Same ol' July 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

You sayin’ those are aftermarket accessories?

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Mike at the Beach July 16, 2014 at 3:05 pm

The standard 35 year old woman with a 5 year old rack- nothin’ wrong with that…

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Beartrkkr July 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Thanks for the mammories!

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Norma Scok July 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

Nah..those are real “B”‘s. Real loooong B’s…and held into place with some help from Victoria and her secrets.

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nitrat July 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

If it weren’t so pathetic, it would be funny that someone aspiring to be the governor of a state is so ignorant of how the economies of nations and states work and what is needed to make them thrive.
Only the deluded would continue to see tax cuts for the sake of ideology as the solution to anything, particularly given the economic failure that Sam Brownback has brought to Kansas and Chris Christie has brought to New Jersey. Trickle down doesn’t work, fellas.
Smart people learn from experience.
Ideologues don’t and can’t learn from experience.
Ideologues are not smart.

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Colin Ross July 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Ah you must be a real genius to have learned about trickle down economics. Did you know there is no real theory of trickle down economics? The debate between Keynes and Friedman about which system produces a better economy would be over if it wasn’t for trolls like you Only the deluded would still argue for centralized planning over a free market. Educate thyself with this article by Thomas Sowell, http://capitalismmagazine.com/2001/09/the-trickle-down-economics-straw-man/

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Brian Kelly B Bizzle July 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

Don’t be fooled by “decriminalization” because citizens are still going to be treated like common criminals for marijuana under it. This is what Kevin Sabet wants.

Citizens will STILL be forced to the dangerous black market and a shady illegal street drug dealer to purchase their marijuana. Getting caught buying it is STILL a crime they will arrest and jail you for. Then, they will also FORCE you to mandatory rehab, and if you don’t comply, guess what? JAILTIME!

No thanks!

Also, we will still be wasting our tax dollars sending police around to ticket marijuana users and wasting police manpower and resources.

Instead of allowing our police the time, manpower and resources to protect us all from real, dangerous criminals who actually commit crimes with victims and pose a real threat to society.

Why else do you think they are so EAGER to “decriminalize”, instead of LEGALIZE?

Don’t Let’em Fool You!!!

If you can’t purchase marijuana legally, then it isn’t legal.

This will not suffice! Getting caught purchasing marijuana is still considered a serious “drug deal” and you will be prosecuted for it!

DEMAND FULL MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION NATIONWIDE!

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The Colonel July 16, 2014 at 11:50 am

Is this posted somewhere on the interwebs for you guys to go copy and then paste randomly on websites?

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Brian Kelly B Bizzle July 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Nope, and f.y.i. there is no “you guys”. Just me.

I’ll apply that post to each and every “decriminalization article” I see….

The People will not deceived.

I will help make sure of that.

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The Colonel July 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The reason I ask is that you mention Kevin Sabet who of course is mentioned no where in the article and I don’t see him as being an advisor to French. Frankly I’m a lot more interested in what French has to say than what one anti-marijuna campaigner has to say. I’m frankly tired of the whole thing, they need to just legalize, tax the bejebbus out of it and apply similar rules to those for alcohol for those caught “operating under the influence”. Colorado has already experienced a spike in fatal accidents attributed to “stoners under the influence”. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/06/09/marijuana-accidents/10219119/

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Brian Kelly B Bizzle July 16, 2014 at 11:23 pm

No, Colorado has not seen a spike in accidents related to marijuana. Show proof of that please. I’ll wait.

The police in Colorado now test almost every motorist involved in an accident for residual THC in their system which remains for up to a month before they drove, and then use that residual THC as the cause of the accident and as another bogus “stoned driver” and an attempt to frighten and scare the public.

It isn’t working..

The Colonel July 16, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Uh yeah, change your bong water and click on the link I provided. Quoting the article: “..Columbia University researchers performing a toxicology examination of nearly 24,000 driving fatalities concluded that marijuana contributed to 12% of traffic deaths in 2010, tripled from a decade earlier….”

While marijuana isn’t the most dangerous substance known to man, it is not without concern.

Brian Kelly B Bizzle July 17, 2014 at 11:24 am

Link us to that exact article please so we can show who sponsored that study (NIDA perhaps?)

The Colonel July 18, 2014 at 7:38 am

Hey Bizzle, I’m on your side, I hope you get to smoke it till you’re catatonic. Just be prepared to do it responsibly.

RogueElephant July 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

Yawn ——zzzzzzzzzz.

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Crooner July 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Saying you are going to do away with income taxes and pay for that by cutting “unnecessary” government and relying on amorphous economic growth isn’t an economic proposal. It’s pie-in-the-sky bullshit.

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TSIB July 16, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Which one is Steve French?

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shifty henry July 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Calling out—– does anyone have the ability to read the titles of those books on the shelf (I don’t think they are nursery rhymes). It would be interesting to know what he is reading.

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Rakkasan July 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Because Kansas. STFU and go away

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ASS BLOW July 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm

I’d vote for him just to see his wife more often. Much better than old knocked kneed Nikki.

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CNSYD July 17, 2014 at 8:23 am

Sic Willie claims intimate knowledge of those knees. You didn’t read his book?

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Norma Scok July 17, 2014 at 9:53 am

Pie faced baby..pushed up titties, bad perm.

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