Wednesday, July 4, 2012

From the House

Bluffton Today

“Endless Summer” was a great Beach Boys record from my youth. The Senate Boys are creating a less sonorous record, which might be called “Endless Session.” Nearly a month has elapsed since the official end of session and we are finally getting around to passing a budget. Following along with my rather shaky musical metaphor, it reminds me of a line from an old Elvis Costello song which posits “I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused.”

Try as I might, this representative cannot seem to work up even a little amusement at the Senate’s version of responsible fiscal management. The House has articulated a spending plan that provides, among other things, tax relief for small business in the state. We all know small businesses are the true “job creators” in our sputtering economy. The Senate has answered with a list of pet projects and general silliness that seems to have no real connection with the needs of the folks who sent them to Columbia. The projects, for the most part, were not vetted through the House process, but turn up in the reconciliation effort in the conference committee. Not remotely amusing, try as I might.

The compromise reached last Thursday was not to my liking, but sometimes you hold your nose and hope the governor will have the sense to veto some of the extravagant and unneeded items placed in the document. Our Senator Davis does what he can, but the Senate just seems to be so out of touch with the needs of the average South Carolinian, they might as well be “wasting away in Margaritaville.”

OK, I’m done for now with my little rant. I’ll have more particulars later. It is the 4th of July and we have celebrating to do. In line with getting out on our waterways and appreciating the holiday with a beverage and a light snack, I want to throw out a few look-sees for our local businesses.

Capt. Chris Shoemaker was born and brought up on the May River and can help you either catch fish or simply see the sights around our pristine estuary. Give him a call for your next adventure.

Those who might want to look into learning how to work a stand-up paddleboard, the fellow to call is Captain Ru-Ru (aka Capt. Rufus Weaver). Rufus is a great athlete and a gifted teacher. He can have you or your eight-year-old child up and paddling before you know it. Just don’t ask him about his Rugby career or you might learn more than you bargained for. Seriously, give Capt. RuRu a call for a great day on the water.

When it’s time to cook the steaks, Adam Simoneaux at Scott’s Meats is who you need to see. Prime meats cut by a third generation grocer and entrepreneur make for a celebratory cookout worthy of the birth of our nation. Adam, along with sidekick Murray D, is in the process of creating a Bluffton version of Whole Foods in his family’s strip of shops across from the Squat and Gobble. If you don’t see what you want, just ask. The thing I ask for is one of the chocolate chip banana breads made by Adam’s lovely wife, Lindy. Consequently, your representative has momentarily added a pound or two of banana bread weight. It’s too good to pass up.

Next week, less rant and more substance. Have a safe holiday.