A diverse group of South Carolina small business owners, veterans, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals converged on Washington, DC, to call on lawmakers to address the rapidly approaching fiscal cliff and the country’s long-term federal debt problems. Members of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, including the co-chairs of South Carolina’s state chapter, applauded the fly-in participants and called on Congress to address the country’s debt challenges.
Highlights from the launch in the Palmetto State …
The State News, the largest newspaper in South Carolina, ran a story about the launch and the involvement of our bipartisan co-chairs, former South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster (in photo at left) and State Representative Leon Stavrinakis (in photo at right).
Photo credit: Erick Ferris
The West Ashley Patch quoted McMaster who during the launch conveyed that the campaign would “provide everyone with the facts and figures so that they can make the case to their elected representatives that this is something that needs to be done.”
Fits News, the most widely read blog in South Carolina, published a blog post about our launch event, and the post received over 500 Facebook ‘Likes’ (in screenshot above)!
What are South Carolina leaders saying?
“Serving in the State House of South Carolina as a Democrat has taught me the importance of compromising with the Republican Party,” said Fix the Debt—South Carolina Co-Chair and State Representative Leon Stavrinakis (D-SC). “Real progress can only be achieved through understanding and working together. If we apply these principles to the looming debt crisis, we can make a breakthrough that will alleviate the burden of the federal debt.”
“Serving the people of South Carolina as Attorney General taught me to consider the citizens of my state over my political party. I hope members of Congress realizes as much so that they can put aside their squabbling and fix the national debt,” said Fix the Debt—South Carolina Co-Chair and former Attorney General of South Carolina Henry McMaster (R-SC). “Our $16 trillion debt has enormous implications for South Carolinians and I trust that Congress will make the right decisions by averting the fiscal cliff.”
Today, the national debt exceeds $16 trillion and continues to grow. On January 1, the country faces a hazardous combination of spending cuts and tax expirations – known as the “fiscal cliff” – that the Congressional Budget Office predicts would cause the economy to shrink in 2013. According to figures released by the American Action Forum, South Carolina could lose 137,508 jobs if the fiscal cliff is not averted.