To the Editor:
As we learn more every day about the rampant corruption in Congress, departments and agencies of government in Washington, we - the taxpayers who pay for it all - are totally disgusted and fed up. But, what can we do about it?
Congressmen, government bureaucrats and lobbyists, who are enjoying lavish, prosperous lifestyles (courtesy of our taxes) are not going to fix it. The basic structure of the federal government is weakened and near collapse from the sickening collusion among the very branches of government that were meant to serve the people of all the states.
This is not a partisan issue. No matter who is elected, Congress will never relinquish the power it accumulated over the years. Unless some powerful political force outside of Washington intervenes, the federal government will bankrupt the nation and destroy the liberty of the people.
The problem is big, but the Constitution, in Article V, gives us a big solution, a Convention of States (COS). If two-thirds of the states call a convention to impose term limits and spending limits on Congress, it will start the process of reform for the federal government.
The South Carolina General Assembly will soon vote on a joint resolution to join the COS. But, powerful forces from D.C. are trying to prevent S.C. from joining.
Many representatives in Beaufort County's delegation already support COS, but Sen. Tom Davis has not yet decided if he will support. Please call Sen. Davis at 843-252-8583 and ask him to vote "yes" for Convention of States.
To the Editor:
At the invitation of the Trump administration, Philip Alston, the U.N.'s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, spent 10 days touring the United States. The purpose was "to look at whether the persistence of extreme poverty in America undermines the enjoyment of human rights by its citizens."
He recently submitted his final report to the administration, and I have reviewed it with its shocking findings and conclusions.
To quote from Mr. Alston's report, "The youth poverty rate in the United States is the highest across the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) with one quarter of youth living in poverty compared to less than 14 percent across the OECD."
And he also finds that "US inequality levels are far higher than those in most European countries."
As a comment, Mr. Alston also indicates "The proposed tax reform package stakes out America's bid to become the most unequal society in the world, and will greatly increase the already high levels of wealth and income inequality between the richest 1 percent and the poorest 50 percent of Americans. The dramatic cuts in welfare, foreshadowed by the President and Speaker Ryan, and already beginning to be implemented by the administration, will essentially shred crucial dimensions of a safety net that is already full of holes."
I urge all to read the report and see if this is what we ought to be proud of as citizens of this country.
Michael F. Vezeau