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1402, 2018

Tax Reform and “Fake News”

By |February 14th, 2018|Editorial, Featured|0 Comments

The GOP tax reform plan, effective this year, already has a very negative reputation among the American public. The culprit? In the words of the president: “The Tax Cuts are so large and so meaningful, and yet the Fake News is working overtime to follow the lead of their friends, the defeated Dems, and only demean (sic).” Is “fake news” painting an unfair portrait of the tax reform bill?

Tax reform has been long overdue. What does Trump’s tax plan bring to the table? It makes a vast number of changes to current tax law. Here are the broad strokes: It cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent while lowering the individual tax rate to 37 percent. It also reduces income tax rates, nearly doubles the standard deduction, and eliminates personal exemptions.

Overall, the plan will help businesses more than individuals — especially since the changes to the tax rate are permanent, while the drop in the individual tax rate will expire in 7 years. It will also benefit high-income families more than those in lower income brackets; they will see a 2.2 percent increase in take-home pay, while lower-income households will see a 1.7 percent increase.

These facts have not been lost on mainstream media news organizations. Inflammatory headlines take issue with the plan, proclaiming:

“Trump’s Tax Cuts Are the Biggest Wealth Grab in Modern History” – Fortune
“GOP tax scam: How corporations and the rich are fueling inequality” – USA Today
“How The GOP Tax Plan Scrooges Middle Class, Retired And Poor” – Forbes

Recent years have left the American public more skeptical of the media than ever before. This media crisis leaves us wondering: Are these fair assertions?
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1501, 2018

Herlong to Hold Corrupt Politicians Accountable

By |January 15th, 2018|Featured, Politics, South Carolina, State, Statewide|Comments Off on Herlong to Hold Corrupt Politicians Accountable

From William Herlong:

Yesterday morning I officially announced my candidacy for SC Attorney General. In my announcement, I outlined the core principles for reforming the office of Attorney General and cleaning up the widespread level of ethical corruption in the State House.

Current State Attorney General Alan Wilson recused himself from the ethics probe that has already led to three top state elected officials pleading guilty and many other indictments. If our state government is to function properly, honestly, and fairly, we must have an Attorney General who is honest and independent, someone with experience and good judgment, and most importantly someone who recognizes that the good ol’ boy network is not really any good at all. Unfortunately, our current Attorney General does not meet any of these tests.

The Attorney General is a critical position in our form of government. The AG is the State’s chief legal counsel, chief securities officer, and chief prosecutor. The AG is responsible for protecting the public interest and holding everyone else accountable. The AG’s office has over 200 employees, including nearly 75 attorneys, and a budget of almost $60 million.

I have prosecuted and defended cases of every size, length, and degree of complexity on both the plaintiff and defense sides as part of law firms big and small (Covington & Burling in D.C. and the Wyche Firm and later Nelson Mullins in Greenville) and for the last 13 years on my own. I have also worked pro-bono in the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s office as part of a docket reduction project.  Outside of law, I served two terms on the Greenville County School Board where I promoted operating schools more like a business.

I am convinced the first antidote to corruption is to elect a new […]

1501, 2018

Dreams Of Nashville: How To Become A Country Singer

By |January 15th, 2018|Entertainment, Featured, XPC|Comments Off on Dreams Of Nashville: How To Become A Country Singer

It’s a new year and time to focus on what makes you happy and what you can offer the world in regards to your skills and talents. If country singing has long been your passion, and you’re constantly given requests from friends and family; it might be time to start pushing your potential career in entertainment forward. If you’re aiming for Nashville; the hard work and dedication must begin now, and you’ll need to expect plenty of highs and lows along your journey. People reach success in country music in a variety of ways; however, there are always similarities between the different stars. There are plenty of ways to be proactive about your potential career, so make sure that you do all you can from here on in to reach your country dreams.

Firstly; you need to ensure that you have the talent to move forward with your singing; try to perform to someone with professional expertise so that you can get some honest feedback from someone other than those who love you. The entertainment world is full of the already rich and famous and extremely competitive, so if you don’t impress who you need to and you haven’t the natural skills; you won’t get very far. The following are some ideas and inspiration for those who feel that they have what it takes to get themselves on the road to Nashville and give their country singing career the best chance possible.

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Perfect Your Sound

All country stars have that recognizable twang in their voices; however, if you’ve listened to Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton, or any of the other well-known singers, you’ll understand how unique each of their voices is. Once you’ve honed your specific […]