This morning, Rusty sat down with Jeff Duncan at Moe Joe's Coffee in Clemson for an interview ... rounding out our presentation of the 3rd Congressional District Candidates vying for your vote in the June 8, 2010 Primary.
Jeff Duncan is currently the SC House Representative of District 15 - covering Laurens & Newberry Counties.
Jeff about "being saved".
Jeff professes to be a devoted Baptist and is very involved in his small church. He recalled how his grandmother always wrote bible scripture in his birthday cards.
We covered the topics of healthcare, immigration, texting while driving, welfare reform, and what is referred to as The Semblar Deal (State incentives for Bass Pro Shops)
Jeff stands beside Attorney General McMaster in promising to fight the constitutionality of imposing a "must pay" system.
He added that he hopes "...Governor Sanford will step forward and make it known that South Carolinians in particular have made it quite clear about our position and that we do not accept this huge grab of government power."
When asked that many have said that we must pay taxes - how is this different? He said that taxation is in the Constitution; healthcare isn't.
He vowed, that if elected, he would fight universal healthcare at every opportunity.
He backed up his statements about healthcare saying that he prefiled a bill (H4240) in the South Carolina House on December 15, 2009.
This Bill, drawn up by Duncan states in part:
"... PROHIBITING THE ENACTMENT OF ANY LAW THAT RESTRICTS AN INDIVIDUAL'S FREEDOM OF CHOICE OF PRIVATE HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS OR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS OR THAT INTERFERES WITH AN INDIVIDUAL'S OR ENTITY'S ABILITY TO PAY DIRECTLY FOR LAWFUL MEDICAL SERVICES OR THAT IMPOSES A FINE OR PENALTY OF ANY TYPE FOR CHOOSING TO OBTAIN OR DECLINE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE OR FOR PARTICIPATING IN ANY PARTICULAR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM OR PLAN."
He mentioned that he was one of the first to sign the REPEAL IT PLEDGE.
Jeff ended the topic with saying,
"This legislation flies in the face of my understanding of the founding philosophy of this country."
On the topic of "Texting While Driving":
Duncan said he voted against the measure because he felt the issue was already effectively taken care of under "reckless driving charges".
He said that it was mentioned in discussion that there were concerns over warrantless searches and seizures of property (cellphones) and that he agreed with this concern.
He followed by stating that he was also against warrantless searches for felons.
"Think about this, you're a criminal, and under duress, you're offered parole if you sign a warrantless search agreement or alternatively made to stay in jail."
He mentioned that he was one of only four Republicans who voted against the measure.
* Picture from JEFFDUNCAN.COM
On the topic of The Semblar Deal - which gives SC State tax money for Bass Pro Shops' parent company Semblar in Jasper County.
He said he voted against giving them $130 million in incentives.
He asked readers to think of it this way,
"Your taking tax dollars from Pickens County, and giving them to Jasper County."
He said the difference in this "incentive" is that it wasn't local incentives, it was state incentives being given - comparing Wal-mart deals to this deal on a macro basis.
He also mentioned that he loves Bass Pro Shops but he also loves White Jones and Grady's Outdoor World. He said we would have to consider the effects such business would have IF we allow Bass Pro an advantage.
Jeff said it is imperative to secure the border.
He noted that we should repeal the 14th amendment so that there can be no more "anchor babies". This means if you are in this country illegally, you don't get the freedoms of being a naturalized citizen - one of those freedoms is automatic citizenship for your offspring if they are born here.
He remarked that, "when one mentions rounding up illegals you get a strange look like it can't be done." He said it was done after World War II to give GI's a job. It can be done again.
He said we need a common sense guest worker program for skilled laborers and it should be tied to an employer sponsor program.
He mentioned that all foreign persons in the country should be able to be tracked with an ID and should be in a database at all times.
He linked immigration to welfare reform saying that the current entitlement program is flawed. He said with illegals taking up the $7-$10 an hour jobs - what is the incentive for anyone to do anything other than get a government handout that would pay roughly the same?
We encourage you to visit Jeff's website: