ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

We could spend all day talking about tax cuts and empty Republican economic promises, but at the end of the day, a well-educated workforce and an economic system that strives to provide increased opportunities for all is THE key to Economic Prosperity.
In South Carolina District 2, we need to decide what an Economic Win looks like. One thing is for sure: when Profit trumps People, the working families of Aiken County, Barnwell Country, Lexington Country, Orangeburg County and Richland County don’t win. Due to the failed policies and voting record of Joe Wilson, more than 70,000 children and 40,000 seniors reside in low-income families. That’s enough impoverished children and seniors to overflow Williams-Brice Stadium one and a half times!
Why do we keep sending Joe Wilson to Congress, if the result is Poverty for All instead of Prosperity for All? Let’s create a BIG WIN for the citizens of District 2—an economic reality where all workers and businesses succeed! Where We the People, instead of ridiculing Government, use Government as a means to create winning situations for our working families and our businesses.
The average income in South Carolina District 2 is 20% below the national average. This is flatly unacceptable and evidence that Joe Wilson has failed our community. As a voting community, we must first recognize that 20 years of Joe Wilson’s hollow economic policies have never benefitted anyone other than the wealthiest One Percent. Second, we must work together as a community to find solutions that will increase wages and provide increased economic opportunities for all. I am convinced that economies thrive when we create the conditions for “Demand Side Economics!” which is the opposite of “Trickle Down.” When working families have higher earnings, their dollars stimulate the economy and benefit business with an increased demand for their goods and services. This also increases government revenue and allows us to invest more in infrastructure, education, and other components of society that strengthen our economic system. We have two choices. We can keep ignoring the problem and play the blame game, which Joe Wilson has excelled at for 16 years. Frankly, we know where this leads us economically. OR we can decide to make meaningful strides to solve our economic problems that improve everyone’s lives. I say it’s time to follow other successful economic models and propel SC District 2 and the Palmetto State into the prosperous 21st-century knowledge economy. That’s why I support:
– an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, which would generate an estimated $5 Billion into our districts economy
– an investment in infrastructure which will create thousands of good paying jobs
partnering with trade schools to provide skills to help our average family achieve a better quality of life