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Steve French For Governor

FIX SOUTH CAROLINA’S “99 PROBLEMS …” By FITSNEWS || To paraphrase Jay-Z, South Carolina’s got 99 problems … but in our case a bitch is one. Errrr … sorry.  We garbled our words there.  “You people” must have misheard that. Actually South Carolina’s got way more than 99 problems … but its biggest problem is that…

FIX SOUTH CAROLINA’S “99 PROBLEMS …”

By FITSNEWS || To paraphrase Jay-Z, South Carolina’s got 99 problems … but in our case a bitch is one.

Errrr … sorry.  We garbled our words there.  “You people” must have misheard that.

Actually South Carolina’s got way more than 99 problems … but its biggest problem is that none of its leaders (least of all the “bitch”) are fixing the problems, they’re just trying to make themselves richer or more powerful by perpetuating them.

And we wonder why the end result in this state is always more of the same failure?  Just with a higher price tag?

“Republican” Nikki Haley was supposed to change all of this … but she’s failed miserably. And beyond all the headline grabbing scandals, bureaucratic incompetence and habitual dishonesty she’s demonstrated over the last four years, there’s been a bigger problem.

Her policies don’t work.

Despite clear and compelling evidence attesting to the failure of South Carolina’s big government status quo, Haley – a former Tea Party leader – has embraced the establishment by steadfastly advancing a fiscally liberal agenda on taxesspendingeducation and (most notably) government-subsidized health care.

NIKKI HALEY
NIKKI HALEY

As a result the Palmetto State’s income levels haven’t budged, its workforce as a percentage of the population has shrunk to record lows, and it’s government-run education monopoly is still … well …

Oh … and a third of Haley’s cabinet appointees have been forced from their posts due to scandals in her, um, “transparent” administration.

Everything is worse than it was before, in other words. Yet Haley is cruising thanks to mainstream media accolades for her so-called “economic development” efforts … whether those developments ever materialize or not.

As bad as Haley has been, though, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen would do nothing to fundamentally change the direction of our hopelessly misguided ship of state.  If anything, he’d move us even faster in the wrong directions.  Hell, his main line of attack against Haley has been that her “big government” embrace hasn’t been “big government” enough.

Seriously?

What numbers is this clown looking at?  Because it’s clearly not real ones.

In contrast to the two utterly worthless establishment campaigns, a pair of eminently worthy non-conventional gubernatorial candidates have emerged during the current election cycle – “independent Republican” Tom Ervin (who is on the ballot as petition candidate) and Libertarian Steve French (the first candidate to run for governor on his party’s ticket in nearly two decades).

As for Ervin, we don’t agree with him on everything but the truth is he’s probably run the most substantive race of any of the four candidates … in fact he’s run the campaign Sheheen probably should have run, but didn’t.

Ervin has adopted aggressive pro-free market positions on taxes (eliminating the individual levy on income) and education (broadly expanding parental choice), while also embracing populist issues like term limits as well as progressive standards like a call to hike the minimum wage.

He’s been a mixed bag, in other words … but with more “treat” than “trick” if you ask us.  Ervin also scored props from us on the individual liberty front by speaking out against South Carolina’s gay marriage ban at a time when Sheheen remained painfully silent on the issue.

Accordingly, if you’re looking for an alternative to Haley or Sheheen that doesn’t involve “throwing your vote away” – Ervin is your guy.

As has been demonstrated in prior endorsements, though, we don’t mind “throwing our vote away.”  In fact we think the real surrender of one’s right to vote is knowingly casting a ballot for more of the same “heads they win, tails you lose” bipartisanshit that’s been holding our state – and country – back.

It’s for that reason we endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential primary – and Gary Johnson in the 2012 presidential election.

To us, it’s never “throwing your vote away” when you choose someone who is actually advancing the ideas you believe in.  In fact last time we checked, that was the whole point.

STEVE FRENCH
STEVE FRENCH

For us, that candidate in the governor’s race is Steve French.

A childhood cancer survivor who runs his own small business in the South Carolina Lowcountry, the dapper French and his gorgeous wife have a handsome young son – making them the perfect political postcard family.  French is also earnest, articulate, thoughtful, likable, telegenic … and he dramatically exceeded expectations during the two gubernatorial debates with his ability to turn a political phrase.

Of course when it’s all said and done we don’t care about French’s rugged good looks, his attractive family, his political acumen or even his compelling personal narrative (although no Libertarian candidate has ever brought such a package of attributes to the table).

At the end of the day all that matters to us is the issues.

Like Ervin, French is a supporter of eliminating the individual income tax.  But unlike Ervin he’s an advocate for a much more aggressive form of parental choice – namely letting state funding (every penny of it) follow the individual child.

That’s market-based reform on steroids, people.

In an effort to put an end to public corruption, French has embraced the S.C. Policy Council’s ethics reform agenda and has vowed to end corporate welfare in the Palmetto State.  He’s also offered a sensible two-step solution for fixing our crumbling infrastructure – without raising taxes.

(And yes, in case you were wondering “step one” is not adding totally unnecessary new projects to what is already inexplicably the nation’s fourth-largest state-maintained highway system).

On top of all that, French has proposed regulating marijuana like alcohol, ending the government’s monopoly on gambling and doing away with the state’s gay marriage ban – all common sense, long-overdue reforms.

“I want to make South Carolina the freest state economically and when it comes to (our) liberty,” French told us recently.

Exactly … that’s it exactly.

South Carolina’s problems are very real – yet every year they’re glossed over by glad-handing politicians of both parties who reside squarely in the pockets of the same self-serving special interests, with the state’s subservient bought-and-paid for mainstream media manufacturing contrived differences to keep the illusion up and running.

And again … we wonder why nothing changes?

With America sucking some serious wind economically, it is up to state governments to chart fiscally restrained, pro-free market courses that encourage expanded consumerism, investment and job creation.  And the only candidate in this race who would chart such a course is Steve French.

So if you’re serious about solving South Carolina’s “99 problems” (and beyond), don’t throw away your vote on more of the same …

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54 comments

TontoBubbaGoldstein October 27, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Of course when it’s all said and done we don’t care about French’s rugged good looks, his attractive family, his political acumen or even his compelling personal narrative…

Aww…now you’re just trying to make T-Rav jealous.

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lewerj October 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Uh, sure sounds like you do, FITS.

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Centrist View October 27, 2014 at 9:52 pm

“…letting state funding (every penny of it) follow the individual child.”

The money will not follow almost half the K-12 children. Because almost half the students ride the bus to school. From the child’s home, there is one bus route, and that is to the one in their public school district attendance zone.

The most important factor in school choice is transportation to get to the school of choice. Home schoolers and car riders have choice. With out addressing transportation, there is no choice for the half of SC K-12 students who are bus riders.

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Beartrkkr October 27, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Heathwood and Hammond like this…

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Republican Follies October 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Ok

So you’re throwing your vote away.

Besides that fact,what was the point of this post?

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guest October 27, 2014 at 10:21 pm

That Fits is embarrassed and humiliated that $5,000,000 from Ervin and the sleazy ,disgusting lies and slander that emanated from this blog about Haley and her family failed?

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Smirks October 28, 2014 at 10:20 am

So you’re throwing your vote away.

I wish people didn’t have this mentality. Even though French won’t win, if you think he’s the best candidate, you should be voting for him. The fact that most Americans feel forced to vote for either a Republican or a Democrat or “their vote doesn’t matter” is the very lifeblood of our horrid two-party system.

If more people voted for who they truly thought was the best person for the job, or if none fit that role, abstained, then this country would be far better off.

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Yep! October 28, 2014 at 11:53 am

“none of the above” would have won every major election in the last 15 years.

The last few President have been elected by around 15% of the population….

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Yep! October 28, 2014 at 11:53 am

“none of the above” would have won every major election in the last 15 years.

The last few President have been elected by around 15% of the population….

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guest October 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm

$5,000,000 and Ervin doesn’t even get the Fits endorsement. Oh my!!!

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Former Haley Suporter October 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Anybody but Haley! Preferably Ervin. He is head and shoulders above Haley and Sheheen has stumbled badly. I think a vote for French is a vote thrown away.
I will say again, I’ve known Haley for a long time, helped her defeat Larry Koon and worked on her election to Governor. Shortly after being sworn in, I realized she was a fake and liar who could NOT be trusted. I left shortly after.
Please people, I warn you now, if reelected, she will be a horrible embarrassment in a second term! Please DO NOT be fooled, or blinded by her Republican moniker! She is not! She is dishonest and my opinion and adulterer, a fake and untrustworthy of office.
Please DO NOT compound one mistake with another!
You will regret your vote, just as most regret their vote for Obama!!!!

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guest October 27, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Go to bed Tom!!!!

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Smirks October 28, 2014 at 10:15 am

Are you ever off the clock, Sandi?

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Bible Thumper October 27, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Tell us who you are so that we can judge the veracity of your claims. Otherwise there is no reason to believe you knew Haley or worked for her election.

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Honey comb October 28, 2014 at 8:28 am

The truth : you were a worker bee and she no longer had a need for you so she told you to buzz off.

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guest October 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

THat you Kathryn?

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Thomas October 27, 2014 at 10:19 pm

To paraphrase General Geo. S. Patton Jr, “Sheheen, you magnificent bastard, I read your book!” “The Right Way: Getting the Palmetto State Back on Track”, by Vincent Sheheen to be precise. He gets my vote.

Jay-Z? You are warped.

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guest October 28, 2014 at 8:27 am

The calculated “whore” comment by Sheheen went viral on cable news last night. Fits couldn’t endorse him.

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Toss off or toss away? October 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Every time I see a Dem or Rep crow about “throwing away your vote”, I laugh.

Is Bush/Obama/Haley/Sheheen/Lindsey/Clyburn/Finch/Ford/Sanford/Vick not “throwing away” your vote?

lol…what a bunch of asswipes.

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guest October 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Cum to bed Tom!!!

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Toss off or toss away? October 27, 2014 at 10:42 pm

You’re paranoid as fuck, stay away.

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Smirks October 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

B-but if we don’t vote for the losers, another loser might win!

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Smirks October 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

B-but if we don’t vote for the losers, another loser might win!

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lewerj October 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Not. A. Chance.

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The Colonel October 27, 2014 at 11:26 pm

From the ridiculous to the just plain stupid. First it was the ridiculous T-Rav support and now it’s Steve French! The boy’s nickname should be French Fry since that’s how he makes his living, recycling cooking grease.

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guest October 28, 2014 at 8:12 am

This is just proof that Libratardtarians like Fits and his ilk are more interested in destroying political parties and politicians than winning elections and making a difference.

Ervin needs to ask for a refund?

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FastEddy23 October 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

So, ur 1 party system is what? Better?

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guest October 28, 2014 at 10:55 am

That will work until we eliminate ISIS and the Democrat Party.

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CNSYD October 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Sic Willie goes for the loser trifecta. First Paul, then Johnson, now French.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein October 28, 2014 at 5:57 am

Sic Willie goes for the loser trifecta.

Not that TBG is counting…

You left out T-Rav… which qualifies it for the Loser Grand Slam.

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Mike at the Beach October 28, 2014 at 1:32 am

“…the dapper French and his gorgeous wife…”

Wait a minute…I threw up in my mouth (just a little). Okay…I’m okay…

Straight from from one failed bromance to the next without missing a beat. They’re dudes, so this doesn’t make Will a womanizer. Manizer? Bromanizer? Serial Bromancer? I’ll have to think about this tomorrow; it’s late.

PS- Of *course* this represents throwing a vote away…

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You are a bore October 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

you seem to have a hard-on for Will – jackass. Troll elsewhere.

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Mike at the Beach October 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

Oh,okay…sorry. I won’t be back, tough guy! I must have been out of my mind to risk offending you by throwing up some mild mannered political discussion and dissent on a discussion board created for…political discussion and dissent. My bad… Namaste!

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Your pants are on fire October 28, 2014 at 9:51 am

“I won’t be back, tough guy!”

That’s a lie.

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Mike at the Beach October 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

It’s actually called “sarcasm,” Einstein, but it may have been a little subtle for you. I’ll slow down next time. ;-)

The Colonel October 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

I kind of like the “serial bromancer”

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Smirks October 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

Troll elsewhere.

Someone needs to learn the definition of trolling.

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The Colonel October 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

Why – he’s already living it….

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Mike at the Beach October 28, 2014 at 10:01 pm

It may just be my natural charm and wit, but I seem to have run across some comically sensitive clowns on here this past week or so. I think this election cycle is wearing them down.

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Your pants are on fire October 28, 2014 at 10:18 pm

“It may just be my natural charm and wit”

You may be thinking too highly of yourself, or is that sarcasm and I just missed it again?

Mike at the Beach October 28, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Now you’re getting it, Cupcake! Look at you go! ;-)

Beaver-teethed Haley October 28, 2014 at 2:11 am

Why does ever tea party governor look like satan in their pics??

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Larry Bishop October 28, 2014 at 4:22 am

Blah Blah Blah….we all know you support Haley……the worst Governor in the world.

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Larry Bishop October 28, 2014 at 4:22 am

Blah Blah Blah….we all know you support Haley……the worst Governor in the world.

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Matt October 28, 2014 at 7:08 am

A Steve French article without a photo of his wife…….is an article not worth opening!

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Guero October 28, 2014 at 7:41 am

Teenage boys usually outgrow their fascination with a two pack a day nasty adultress atheist who writes bad novels. Obviously, Billy Folks and his fellow adolescents in the Repugnant Party have never grown up

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idcydm October 28, 2014 at 8:11 am

One of these days there will be a very loud pop vibrating across the Midlands when Will Folks pulls his head out of his ass.

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guest October 28, 2014 at 8:22 am

What is Will’s propensity for supporting losers-it’s like Buz Martin turned over his infamous political hac playbook from Horry /Georgetown County counties to Fits, entitled ” My Endorsement Means Your Defeat”. :-)

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idcydm October 28, 2014 at 9:19 am

I get that you and Buz have a thing for each other but I ain’t playin.

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guest October 28, 2014 at 10:30 am

He doesn’t like my bi-racial grandchildren. I actually like Buz.

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RogueElephant October 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

Haley by 10 points. It isn’t that Haley is that great, it’s just that the rest of the “candidates” ( clowns) are that sorry. She was my last choice in 2010 and my first choice today. WOW.

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guest October 28, 2014 at 8:36 am

You should have heard Laura Ingraham “On The Record” with Greta last night as they played the clip of Sheheen PURPOSELY calling Haley a “whore”.
Sheheen has officially become a NATIONAL joke.

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FastEddy23 October 28, 2014 at 9:42 am

What this country needs is more loose cannons.

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west_rhino October 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Gotta wonder, IF we used the voting system that asked for a second choice for the event of a runoff erection, IF we’d have a Libertarian Guv? Just askin’

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