A sometimes irreverent look inside S.C. politics
We at the Buzz have been scratching our heads about what to do with these nuggets of gold we discovered while panning along the Wateree recently.
Thank goodness, S.C. lawmakers have helped us figure it out!
Later this month, a House panel will consider a bill declaring that any type of gold and silver coin is legal tender in the Palmetto State. A similar bill has been filed in the state Senate. The bill also would establish a committee that would work out the details on this new alternate form of currency. (Just need to hammer those little nuggets into our own coins, and the Buzz will be in business!)
And people think lawmakers waste time at the State House. (Now, if we can just get them to allow stamps from our stamp collection to be used as money.)
What’s behind the fuss?
The belief that the U.S. financial system and its “soft,” paper money could collapse.
(Personally, the Buzz is more worried about the Greek financial crisis. If the Greeks get kicked out of the Euro zone for being a drag on the European economy, it sets a terrible precedent, the Buzz fears. Some more-prosperous state could look at South Carolina and say, “Come to think of it, they take far more out in federal spending than they contribute – all those unemployment, food stamp, Medicaid, Social Security and Medicaid payments. ... Just kick them out of the Union, and our economy would be better!”)
Mick Zais: Profiles in stamp collecting
Speaking of stamp collections, it turns out state Superintendent of Education Mick Zais is a fan, too.
Last week, Democrats blasted the Republican for taking 35 days of personal time – vacation – since assuming the state’s top education job in January 2010.
Zais shot back that, as a constitutional officer elected statewide, he is on the job 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is not limited in the number of days that he can take off.
But what Buzz found most interesting is how Zais spent his time off: for his son’s wedding, the birth of his grandchild, sick days, meeting with then-presidential candidate Rick Perry, cleaning out a storage shed at his home and ... attending a stamp-collection conference in Indiana!
(Wonder if Zais could help us get that stamp-collection-as-money bill through?)
To be fair, Zais’ lead critic, state Sen. Phil Leventis, D-Sumter, deserves some ribbing, too.
The same day that Leventis held the press conference to accuse Zais of truancy, Leventis himself missed a meeting of a dyslexia task force that he worked to create.
Coming soon to an Upstate near you
She didn’t run for the Republican nomination, meaning we didn’t get to see her during January’s S.C. GOP Primary, but you can see Sarah Palin soon in the Palmetto State.
Organizers say Palin will appear at the Extraordinary Women Conference set for March 16-17 at Greenville’s Bi-Lo Center. Tickets start at $61, purchased in advance, but will start at $101 at the door. For $250, you actually can meet the former Republican vice presidential candidate.
(Wonder if they take gold? Stamps?)
Our apologies – wrong photo, wince
The Buzz is humbled this week.
A recent story about Sen. Leventis not running for re-election accidentally was paired with a photo of state Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, instead of a photo of Leventis.
Several lobbyists who are no friends of Leatherman called to tell the Buzz that their hearts filled with joy when they opened the paper and thought Leatherman was retiring.
(Not true, fellas!)
Leatherman was a gentleman when the Buzz apologized for the error. “I was glad to be elevated up to the Leventis level!” he joked.