Morgan Bruce Reeves
Vote Governor of South Carolina
Promises to South Carolinians
The Libertarian Party Principles
“The Party of Principle”
We can be for the people or we can ignore the people. It is the right time for elected officials to be for the people who elect them to public office. To do this, there is need to be plain, purposeful and loyal. How do you as citizens require this? You start with electing individuals who have principles that are tied to basic character traits such as; trustworthiness; honesty; resourcefulness, and responsiveness. My character traits are consistent with family values and the Libertarian Party. Our future will always be measured by what we have done and by what we are doing. Please join me as I seek to represent the values that will bring honor and respect to South Carolina Office of the Governor. I have addressed Ten High Priority Issues that are the most pressing on a list of issues that I have come to understand from South Carolinians. Please read them below, and I am available to respond to your inquiries.
Voting Rights and Elections
Voting in America is a US Constitutional Right. There should be accountability built into all election processes from registration to voting. The notion of inaccuracy, duplication of registration and voting or threats to valid elections should be addressed immediately by election boards and/or commissions. Those who are entrusted to conduct all elections at all levels of government must ensure that the people have faith in the election process that one-person, one-vote will always be the standard. Election errors can be understood, but fraudulent elections must be avoided. Confidence in the election process that the results will be accurate is fundamental to our Democratic government. If we lose faith in the integrity of our election process, we create cracks at the foundation of our election system.
Early and Pre-Kindergarten Education, Broadband Internet and School Choice
Education is what has contributed to the development of our nation. Our nation’s past regarding equal opportunity to education for all has been devastating to some, especially to African Americans. The tragedy of racial segregation is being addressed, but much, much more needs to be done. Our children with disabilities must also be afforded meaningful opportunities to be competitive with programs and projects at an early stage in their development so that life trajectories for them will be more fulfilling. Specific programs and projects should be available for them and their families at the front end of their life. We cannot cripple a person in their youth and criticize them for walking with a limp in their later life.
Early educational opportunities is a tremendous asset for all children. The research is clear and convincing that early and pre-kindergarten education are the equalizer in moving all children forward to a life where educational opportunities will produce careers and employment that will be very rewarding. Education is the wealth wallet in America, and it should not be denied to any. Our investments in early childhood education are one of the primary factors that will keep America strong and competitive internationally.
Vocational, technical, STEM, STEAM and trade schools are also options for students who learn in ways different from other students. We are mandated to reach children where they are and promote them to capacity building.
Broadband Internet access is critical to all families in rural, suburban and urban areas. Access to this powerful tool can benefit all no matter where they live. The Internet, although problematic in some nefarious uses, it is undeniably a key source in our society that will enable all to be part of a world where education, financial, health, employment and communication are shared. To be separated from Broadband Internet access is to be denied from a significant point of interaction in our society.
Our educational system has to be open to families to make decisions that best address their needs. Families should be allowed to send their children to their school of choice. School choice comes in many forms such as: Magnet Schools, Charter Schools; Intra-Inter-District Schools (Open Enrollment); Homeschooling; Hybrid Homeschooling; Online Leaning; Micro Schooling; and other options. Some families move to communities so that they can send their children to schools in their neighborhood. In doing this the school district assigns their children to a particular school. Often that assignment is done automatically without the parents and/or child’s involvement or needs. A better approach would be to allow parents to make that decision about the best choice of school assignment for their children. If we want parental involvement in their children’s education, the school district should be open to full involvement and not selected involvement.
Adequate and Comprehensive Healthcare
Healthcare is fundamental to participate in any society, much more America. Education can create opportunities for better health. Poor health can put education at risk. Social factors such as housing, family, work, trauma, employment, community environment, public health can determine life expectancy. There must be an approach to healthcare that involves health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis/treatment and rehabilitation. We may also find that we should promote wellness – individual, family and community. In doing so, we can develop wellness indexes. We can then develop physical, emotional, social, intellectual, environmental, spiritual and financial wellness. Addressing the whole person from a holistic perspective will enable us to address the root causes of illness. The Affordable Care Act can also be further designed to address issues that still prevent all people from gaining access to comprehensive healthcare. We are smarter that what has been offered. The community is exhausted, and we know where the problems exist. It is time now to make whole those who have not been served. Our most vulnerable citizens are the ones who should receive individualized healthcare attention so they can be moved from marginality to prosperity.
The price of homes has reached prices unprecedented. Living in a safe and stable environment are so essential to family and community that without the same, major problems will result. Federal, state and local government agencies should work more cooperatively in placing families in affordable homes. Making affordable homes available has many positive benefits from education to family stability, healthcare and employment. There are several problems associated with governments providing affordable housing. What is affordable housing in the US? In the United States, “affordable housing” means that the cost of housing–rent or a mortgage–plus utility payments, total 30% or less of a household’s gross income.
- The government’s definition of affordable housing is problematic.
- How can we make housing more affordable? There are two basic types of policies that could make a large difference in housing affordability:
- First, the government could directly give money in the form of subsidies, or discounted housing to low-income families. Obviously, a family that receives a free house can now afford housing. By the same token, families that receive more money can afford a wider range of houses.
- Second, policymakers could increase the number of dwellings in a given metropolitan area. This could be done either by relaxing restrictions on the size of buildings that can be built, or by relaxing restrictions that mandate minimum sizes of individual dwelling units. Cities tend to have a number of zoning rules that artificially restrict the supply of housing.
“There is no “magic bullet” that will suddenly solve affordable housing problems. The solution lies in a comprehensive approach that includes the “Three P’s”: producing new market-rate and affordable homes; preserving existing housing that’s currently affordable; and protecting tenants from unaffordable rent increases and unfair evictions.” https://ebho.org/study-room/what-is-affordable-housing.
When we coordinate the services offered by the federal government and leverage those with state and local funds, we place our state in a unique position to make reality the dreams of many who still even today live and wrestle in deep-seated poverty.
I do not drink or smoke. I am always concerned about the health of all people and especially our youth. I do not wish to promote any issues that will endanger the health and welfare of any person. However, the laws of the nation prevail with respect to rights and privileges pursuant to laws. U.S. federal law prohibits the use of whole plant Cannabis sativa or its derivatives for any purpose. In contrast, CBD derived from the hemp plant (less than 0.3% THC) is legal under federal law. Some cities and states allow THC to be used for medical reasons. Federal law regulating marijuana supersedes state laws. Because of this, people may be arrested and charged with possession even in states where marijuana use is legal.
When is medical marijuana appropriate?
Studies report that medical cannabis has possible benefit for several conditions. State laws vary in which conditions qualify people for treatment with medical marijuana. If you’re considering marijuana for medical use, check your state’s regulations.
Depending on the state, you may qualify for treatment with medical marijuana if you meet certain requirements and have a qualifying condition, such as:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Multiple sclerosis and muscle spasms
- Severe and chronic pain
- Severe nausea or vomiting caused by cancer treatment
Is medical marijuana safe?
Further study is needed to answer this question, but possible side effects of medical marijuana may include:
- Increased heart rate
- Impaired concentration and memory
- Slower reaction times
- Negative drug-to-drug interactions
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
- Increased appetite
- Potential for addiction
- Hallucinations or mental illness
- Withdrawal symptoms
Some medical marijuana is formulated to provide symptom relief without the intoxicating, mood–altering effects associated with recreational use of marijuana. Reference: mayorclinic.org
A Committee in the South Carolina Legislature is now debating this issue. I have supported the use of marijuana for medical purposes only. This is an issue that the medical community has voiced its opinion. I am inclined to follow the science.
Community policing is a collaboration between the police and the community that identifies and solves community problems. This concept relies on community members and police to develop and increase trust that is essential to safe communities. Community members are active in identifying and solving problems. The community voices are at the core of decisions and they eventually, along with police, solve crime and other problems. The development of partnerships and alliances have proven to be very effective in reducing and eliminating crime. A foundation of trust will allow police to form close relationships with the community that will produce solid achievements. Without trust between police and citizens, effective policing is impossible. I believe that early intervention crime prevention strategies have demonstrated that safe and healthy communities can be achieved. Law enforcement can be most effective when trust between the police and the community is established and maintained. This relationship is proven to effective. Tis approach is consistent with 21st Century policing.
Employment and Livable Wages
A living wage is a socially acceptable level of income that provides adequate coverage for basic necessities such as food, shelter, child services, and healthcare. The living wage standard allows for no more than 30% to be spent on rent or a mortgage and is sufficiently higher than the poverty level. Because minimum wage rates fail workers at the lowest end of the pay scale and even where established are often not met. Without a living wage workers may be compelled to: work excessive overtime hours or multiple jobs; become bonded laborer’s; put their children into work instead of school; be denied their basic human rights to food, shelter, nutrition, health, housing and education and suffer social deprivations such as being unable to take part in cultural events; and be unable to withstand crises such as ill health.
On the other hand, workers on living wages are likely to be: more productive – because they are better motivated; less likely to leave – reduced attrition means lower recruitment and training costs; and healthier – reducing loss of working hours due to sickness. Because it can reduce government spending, workers on low wages have to rely on benefit payments to survive. If they receive a living wage, governments could cut benefit spending. In summary, a living wage is what workers need to provide their families with decent standards of living.
Some work has already been undertaken to establish a living wage figure in specific industries and locations. However, it is probably more useful and sustainable to ensure robust mechanisms and frameworks are in place that allow for these informed negotiations to happen on a regular basis between employers and workers. In South Carolina, there is an urgent need to continue to work with private industry and our state government to be conscience of paying livable wages that will enhance the overall living standards of South Carolinians. Near full employment paying livable wages raises the level of living standards for all. Companies will continue to come when we are able to keep a highly skilled and qualified workforce to do the work that firms will need if they elect to come to South Carolina.
Homeowner Tax Relief
We must not look to homeowners for revenue to operate state government. Homeownership is to be encouraged. Tax policies can create barriers to buying a home and more importantly could contribute to loss of homes. We should continue to look for ways to reduce the burden of homeownership. Homelessness is to be avoided as well as those factors that may contribute to the same.
The US Constitution provides for individual gun ownership. I believe that prudent background search/checks must be conducted as a condition precedent to gun ownership. There are persons in our communities who should not have the privilege of being approved to carry a gun in South Carolina. They have proven that issuing a permit for them to carry a gun presents a clear and present danger to the community. Violence committed through the use of a gun has ravaged many communities in America and the protection that we are required to provide to our communities and particularly our colleges and schools are paramount. Those who are responsible should be allowed to carry guns consistent with our laws and regulations. However, we must be vigilant in ensuring that this constitutional privilege is not abused.
Pollution, Environment and Transportation
Our environment is a gift to us and as trustees of the same, we are obligated to take care of it as custodians. Pollution whether air, water, or any other forms must be deterred. Pollution is also a health hazard and it should be addressed as well. The environment can dissolve biodegradable used materials. It is difficult to do the same with non-biodegradable materials. Plastic production and use continues to be problematic. Some cities in our state have passed ordinances to reduce the use of single-purpose plastics. We need to continue to search for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Our transportation systems in South Carolina continue to need improvements. We must continue to make meaningful investments in constructing pathways that will enable South Carolinians to move from one part of our state to other areas with ease. Logical use of federal highway funds must be rationally applied with long-term implications. Our overall transportation infrastructures must be designed with the future in mind. Growth in our state has continued, and it will continue based on existing research. We can be prepared for the growth with current smart planning.
If we are to change our communities and our state, we must be united in electing not politicians, but rather selecting people who will stand for us and the values that guide us and our families. This is the justification for you to:
Vote for a Concerned Neighbor, Vote for Meaningful Change, Vote for Integrity