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the proposed solution will require the expenditure of millions of dollars which neither the counties or the states have.

Heaven forbid parents will be held accountable for the attendance, behavior, and performance of their children. Heaven forbid the rowdy elements will be expelled so those who are there for an education have a reasonable opportunity without distractions. Heaven forbid teachers and administrators will be able to work in an environment in which they won't feel the need for flack jackets or kevelar vests.

Well, look at the budgetary process recently completed. The legislature had to deal with a deficit of $800,000,000. Every county throughout the state saw cuts in funding from the State.

Grab hold of your shorts. Next year is predicted to be even more lean. Try a $3,000,000,000 deficit. That's billion and now all of the give away programs from the Easley & Purdue administrations are coming due and payable. The state owes over $2,000,000,000 to the Feds, alone, for all the borrowing to make ends meet without thought to the day when program cuts would have to be made. That day is upon us.

Don't forget, beginning this fiscal year, the state has to make minimum interest payments of $143,000,000 to the Federal Government for all that money Easley & Perdue authorized to be borrowed.

So before you think more money, which does not exist, will cure the problems, you better look again. And do so without those rose colored glasses.

Think about this in November when you vote. And ask the candidates those tough questions when they appear at candidate forums or soliciting campaign funding.

Oh, and when her Highness appears with some half baked plan to cure all with palm pilots, ask her where the money will come from.

And while you're at it, ask her why a significant number of folks did not get their 2009 tax refunds until July 9. And that was after a public statement made by the Secretary of Revenue who promised all checks would be issued by May 15.

You get what you vote for. If you're going to vote for those who will promise anything to get your vote, at least ask for a specific means by which they will pay for their promises without further taxing the declining number of taxpayers.

November 2 is not that far off.


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