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Gullible and guilty

Posted: April 10, 2014 3:06 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Those of us who jump for joy when we hear that Governor Haley is deeply concerned about education and is planning to dedicate $160 million in new spending for education might consider, as we bow heads in hope and tenuous gratitude, that such concern on her part is coming awfully late but just in time for her possible re-election. Better late than never? Perhaps! But better earlier, for sure. The S.C. education budget has been reduced for the last three years by more than the proposed budget raises -- $110 million in her first year and $140 million stimulus money for teachers. Despite our awareness of the “Shame” of the I-95 corridor and the frightening ignorance and poverty rate of our state and the fact that South Carolina leads the nation in the number of women killed by their significant others (for at least three of the last 10 years assuming second place most of the other years), we remain silent. We still allow so many of our leaders to defund public schools, dismantle workers’ rights, scoff at a higher minimum wage, gerrymander districts, create stringent requirements for voting “privileges,” give more tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, try to eliminate the EPA, debate the need for food stamps and social security, send Medicaid dollars that we have already paid for ... to other states leaving many of our poorest uninsured and traumatized by disastrous health and financial issues; we remain silent. We tend to accept, as one contender for the presidency suggested, that the poor are simply lazy.

Guilty and gullible. But not all of us! Granny D., elderly activist and great-grandmother walked from California to Washington, D.C., in 2009 with a sign on her chest saying “Campaign Finance Reform.” Her words challenge us:

“We have a duty to look after each other. If we lose control of our government, then we lose our ability to disperse justice and human kindness. Our first priority today, then, is to defeat utterly those forces of greed and corruption that have come between us and our self-governance.”

-- Doris “Granny D.” Haddock

Google her.

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