A recent poll of South Carolina Republicans shows disturbing results.
The vast majority of those polled (78 percent) indicated they believe President Barack Obama is a socialist, and many (41 percent) believe he was not born in the United States, and therefore, is ineligible to be president.
Since detractors of Obama and Democrats have apparently found that the word "liberal" is not a strong enough descriptor to scare South Carolina voters, they have upped the ante to "socialist." Does this mean that those polled want to cancel Social Security and Medicare?
Actually, we know part of the answer: The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Joe Wilson, voted to scrap Medicare as we know it, while giving tax breaks to millionaires.
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The Affordable Health Care Act, among other things, allows our dependents to stay on our insurance policies until age 26 and does away with pre-existing conditions for eligibility to participate. Do those polled want to return to the days of health insurance companies running amok? Will Social Security be next to go?
Fellow seniors, please take careful note. The birthers ignored facts in their attempt to label the president as illegitimately holding office. Since many of those polled believed the birthers' false claims, what does that say about these individuals? Now that Obama has released the long version of his birth certificate, can we now move on with other national issues?
Blaine Lotz, chairman
Beaufort County Democratic Party
Hilton Head Island