For many, this has been a busy week with the start of a new school year here in the Lowcountry. Accordingly, I just wanted to wish students, parents, and teachers alike good luck in the new school year. In some ways, it’s a chance to be sentimental about how quickly time passes, as little ones become not-so-little ones….our youngest, Blake, is already a junior in high school!
The Guantanamo Bay issue is in the news, and I suspect you will see and hear much more to come. Accordingly, I wanted to give you a touch of my reasoning on our activities on this since it popped up last week.
Last night was one of the more interesting debates I have ever seen.
Hope your Thursday is going well…at the moment it’s a very rainy one in Charleston!
I suspect I join with you and the rest of the world in looking forward to tonight in Cleveland with the first of the presidential debates. While these can often be exercises in watching paint dry, I think tonight’s debate should be most interesting.
I hope your day is going well. Mine has been busy given we kicked off our Lowcountry Listening Tour yesterday and continued early this morning in Summerville, but things continue to happen in Washington.
The Planned Parenthood issue has certainly been in the press lately, and I think it’s worth touching on regardless of where one may stand on the issue of abortion. At the foundational level, this issue is about the increasing ways in which the sanctity of our country being “a nation of laws” is under siege.
Yesterday, there were two important votes of note. The first, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability Act offered by Representative Jeff Miller passed by a vote of 256 to 170, and I voted for it.
Often, I’ll hear from business owners – of both large and small businesses – that they are drowning in the constant addition of new federal rules and regulations...averaging at 10 new regulations a day! These costs are affecting the very livelihood of Americans, hurting job growth nationally, and raising compliance costs without congressional approval.
Our Founding Fathers intended for us to be a nation of laws and not men. The idea behind this was that while kings could be capricious, the law was not. It was steady and constant and applied equally to the rich and the poor. This has been one of the cornerstones of what made America exceptional.
Over the past week, I have heard from many people at home regarding their interest in H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. It would create a voluntary uniform national labeling standard to certify a product contains no genetically engineered ingredients while preventing states from imposing their own labeling requirements.