Columbia, SC — State Rep. Bill Chumley, R-Spartanburg, is so against citizens having affordable health care that he was willing to spend $6,400 of taxpayer money to fly a professor from Washington to Columbia to argue his point. This is the same fellow who thinks we would all be safer if we all openly carry side arms. I disagree with him on both issues.
Denying our fellow citizens an opportunity to have decent health care to help us live and work longer is a moral travesty. I am fortunate to be covered by my veterans’ benefits. Funny how politicians do not want the citizens of South Carolina to have the same type of health insurance they enjoy at our expense.
I believe in the right to bear arms. I do not, however, think I have to carry an exposed pistol at my side. Those days are gone, and well they should be. Apparently Mr. Chumley longs for the days of the Confederacy and the “good-old days,” but we need to move forward, not backwards. He has wasted too much of the Legislature’s time and money and squandered the people’s money on a flight he had no business booking in the first place. We will see if the ethics reforms Gov. Nikki Haley has been saying she wanted to bring about actually come to pass. I won’t hold my breath.