I would like to congratulate President-elect Barack Obama on his successful campaign for president of our great country. I wish him swift resolution to the difficult situations that arise under his watch and that he will lead our nation with the citizens’ interests in mind. Also, I hope he will continue to protect and serve our elderly by continuing to support the Older Americans Act and veteran affairs.
The McCain-Palin campaign fought their hardest for our country’s executive post. I commend Senator McCain and Governor Palin for standing up for important issues such as: renewable energy, our right to bear arms, and lowering taxes.
As a Republican I believe we need to go back to our core beliefs and traditional fiscal responsibility to gain any support we may have lost during this past election cycle. Furthermore, the party leaders in both National and State wide offices representing South Carolinians need to come together to create innovative ideas to make government work without taking any more money from the South Carolina taxpayer.
I would also like to take a moment to thank the South Carolinians who went to the polls in record breaking numbers this election and waited for hours to participate in our democratic process. We showed a watching world the miracle of America.
I Believe License Tag
As I mentioned in the previous update, I feel South Carolinians should have a CHOICE to display a license plate of their liking if enough people in the state wish to have them. I invited the people of South Carolina to join me in ordering an “I Believe” license plate and they did. The 400 threshold was reached in 2 ½ days which shows South Carolinians truly believe in Christian values and wish to express those values through this specific medium .
I am proud that the citizens of South Carolina have the right to go to the Department of Motor Vehicle’s website and order a license plate that reflects their values and beliefs.
As an honorary chairman of the program, I am pleased to tell you that we received an overwhelming response from South Carolinians who support this program. Thanks to the hard work of the executive director, Bill Dukes, we will be taking off from Columbia and heading to our nation’s capital in 8 days.
For those of you who don’t know about this program I urge you to read the following to learn more about what a great program this is.
First, we take off from Columbia Metropolitan airport and will arrive at Dulles International. Upon landing we will be welcomed by gallons of water being shot over the plane by the Dulles International Fire Department. Then we will proceed to the WWII Memorial via motorcade and remain at the breathtaking Memorial for 2 ½ hours. We will also visit the Vietnam, Korean, and Iwo Jima Memorials. Finally, we will proceed to our last stop, Arlington Cemetery, to visit The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier and view the changing of the guard.
I am very excited to get this trip underway and take our nations HEROES to THEIR memorial.
Plans are being made for addition flights in 2009. Please visit http://www.honorflight.com for more information.
Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA): Senior Scams
As I continue to travel across the State with my Office on Aging, I am proud to say that we are bringing concrete results from the listening sessions. We are now providing a new publication on senior fraud. The Senior Fraud Prevention Resource Guide is based on what we have learned during listening sessions and our research on how people can avoid scams.
Let me tell you about this one case: a man was asked by his nephew to sign paperwork so a he could get a contractor’s license, however the paper work was actually for a loan for $153,000. To make matters worse, the Bank loan office told the senior that signing the paperwork would not hurt the senior at all and the nephew would pay it off. The senior eventually finds out the nephews is not making payments so he contacted our Office on Aging for help.
We then contacted the Bank to investigate the case. After a week or so without any results, we showed more interest by contacting the bank again which caused them to look further into the case. Finally, the Bank determined that there was definitely fraud involved because the senior’s name was put on the “contractor’s documents” at the bank as the principal owner of an LLC. After pulling the original documents from the Secretary of State’s Office, we concluded there was no record of the senior having any ownership of the LLC. The bank now has a documented, provable criminal fraud case and best of all the senior citizen has been relieved of the loans.
I am delighted to say that we are making a difference and I hope you will help me in spreading the word that South Carolina’s seniors WILL NOT BE VICTIMS under my watch.
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Thank you for all you do to make South Carolina a better place to live.