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ICYMI: Much room for improvement by Representative Nathan Ballentine

September 16, 2009

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S.C. Rep. Nathan Ballentine & Family
S.C. Rep. Nathan Ballentine & Family

By Representative Nathan Ballentine

You’re not the only one wondering what South Carolina’s elected officials did this session to improve the quality of life for the citizens of our state. There’s a handful of us officials that feel your frustration. Like you, we’re tired of the constant bickering and finger-pointing that goes on in Columbia. We’re tired of the egos and the name-calling and we’re tired of the status-quo veterans who seem more than content on keeping things in South Carolina the way they have been for years.

There’s an African proverb that says “when elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.” Those words seem to fit state government – this year more than ever.

As I shared in December, the constant bickering between Republicans/Democrats, Legislative Branch/Executive Branch, and even intra-party feuds in the GOP are standing in the way of true progress for our state.

When I’m in the grocery store, ball fields, or churches in our community, everyone asks what was done this year to help education, jobs, and healthcare? They also ask about accountability and transparency in government? My answers: not much and too little.  >>Read More

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