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Sep 03 2020
President Trump has delivered on his promise to bring opportunity back to SC, America
My favorite nickname for America is “Land of Opportunity.”
A place where everyone — man or woman, black, brown or white — has a real chance to succeed.
After the financial crisis in 2008 it seemed that opportunity for many had slipped away. The Obama/Biden “progressive“ policies of higher taxes, more regulation and massive government programs smothered what should have been a dramatic recovery.
In fact, the recovery under Obama/Biden was the weakest in modern history; it took over six years to recover market losses and lost employment.
It was six years of lost jobs, lost opportunity and suffering for millions of Americans.
Aug 20 2020
Jul 20 2020
FLORENCE, S.C. — How well do you think our state and federal leaders have responded to the coronavirus?
ABC 15's Donovan Harris sat down with Congressman Tom Rice Tuesday to see how he would answer that question.
Their partial conversation is below:
DH: Right now, South Carolina, according to the New York Times, ranks number three in the world in terms of new infections? Do you have any thoughts on that?
TR: I think we did a really good job upfront of holding it down and now it's catching up. I think this virus is going to spread across the country. Upfront, when we slowed everything down, the intent wasn't to wipe the virus out. The intent was to slow it down to a point that was manageable.
DH: Do you think we'll have to go back and shut things down again?
TR: I hope not. The governor has taken the first step to pause when he closed the bars and restaurants at 11 o'clock to stop the sale of alcohol. He recognizes this is a growing problem.
DH: The finger's being point at us as a rise in the spike in cases. Is that concerning to you when you see people blaming this particular area for this rise in cases?
TR: I'm not sure that all of that is properly placed. There certainly is a rise in cases. We're experiencing what other states have experienced three months ago when we shut everything down. I think the governor has acted responsibly through it. I think he's done a pretty good job.
DH: Do you have any criticisms of the federal government now they could be doing to stop the spread of this virus?
TR: I don't think anywhere has stopped the spread of the virus. I don't think they're going to. I think everyone in the world [will respond to flare ups] until we get a vaccine.
DH: People have politicized this virus. They've called it the "Wuhan Flu." You've called it the "Wuhan Flu." People are making this racial. Do you have any thoughts on people politicizing even a mask ordinance?
TR: I think we live in a really political environment right now. I don't think the term "Wuhan Flu" or "Wuhan Virus" is political at all.
DH: Is it racial?
TR: No. Is Spanish Flu racial or Hong Kong Flu racial? Is Ebola racial or every other disease that we've named after the place they arose racial? Absolutely not. I don't hold any ill will toward Chinese people whatsoever.
DH: Do you think there needs to be a state-wide mask ordinance?
TR: I don't think so. I don't think every community is the same. Having police officers tied up trying to make people wear masks would be an impossible burden.
DH: What are your thoughts on students physically returning to classrooms in the fall?
TR: If I was a parent, I'd be concerned but what we need to do is listen to the healthcare experts...