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Best Politicians Money Can Buy – SC Senate Passes Tax Hike to Fund More Corruption

The YouTube account,

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has been terminated with no reason given.

The videos have now been uploaded to Facebook. 

Eighty percent of the people are against a gas tax increase, but the Legislature doesn’t care what the people think. This was done to increase tax revenue for SC, but this will now drive business away from SC. Those who can buy gas in other states will do so.
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Watch for these ads:
For sale- Several thousand gasoline stations in SC, but near the NC or GA border. Will make the needed renovations for the conversion into other types of businesses.
Billboards soon to be all around the SC border:
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Warning: You are about to enter SC. Fill you gas tank here.

We are now told that one of the stipulations of the bill is that SC gas tax can never be higher than neighboring states of North Carolina and Georgia.

This addresses the possibility that we might not lose business for being higher than neighboring states.

This response does not address the reality that we will certainly stop gaining business for being lower than neighboring states.

Getting my youtube channel deleted will not stop people from knowing this truth, or from knowing about the corruption at DOT. The alternative options are infinite.

If the roads are still bad ask SCDOT who really got this money.
Do not expect an honest answer.
For an honest answer ask Paul Townes.
Paul Townes is the former auditor of SCDOT, who was fired for finding TOO MUCH corruption.  
Step one: Let the roads go into total disrepair.
Step two: Tell the people that we need more taxes to repair the roads.
Step three: Raise taxes.
Step four: Divert the money from the increased taxes to purposes that
have nothing to do with repairing the roads. Give most of the money to friends and relatives of legislators and to DOT administrators. Spend the rest on buying votes. In this case that means providing free tuition for state indoctrination in government schools. Usually they wait until after the tax increase takes effect to start stealing the money. In this case they put it right into the bill, and then passed it anyway.
South Carolina will now have the most educated freeloaders in America.
It will always be party time on the campus now.
But do not bring any cars to South Carolina. By the time you pay the registration fee you want to get a horse instead.
When we all go back to riding horses it will not matter that they did not fix the roads.  
Have they underestimated the stupidity of the voters, or are they correct? 
If they are not correct then Gov. Henry McMaster will veto this outrage.
Contact the Governor’s Office
Phone: 803 734-2100
To understand where this tax money will really go, watch these videos:  
This hearing was before SC Legislative Oversight Committee on 8-11-15.
THERE ARE FOUR SEGMENTS:

Testimony of Paul Townes, the Chief Internal Auditor of SCDOT

Paul Townes
Testimony of Michael Wooten, Chairman of Internal Audit Subcommittee of SCDOT.
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Testimonies of Christy Hall, Acting Secretary and Paul Townes, the Chief Internal Auditor of SCDOT.
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Here is a play list, which will show all four videos:

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South Carolina Department of Transportation is currently seeking a massive increase in funding to be derived from an increase in tax on gasoline. This hearing starts with testimony from Paul Townes, the Chief Internal Auditor of SCDOT.
Rep. Ralph Norman questioned Chief Internal Auditor Paul Townes about the fact that SCDOT has used contractors who were convicted of fraud, and barred from receiving federal contracts. For a period of only 6 months, these contractors were also barred from receiving South Carolina contracts, but subsequently SCDOT contracted with a “new” company, which operated from a building that was leased by the “old” company. The “new” company used equipment that still bore the name of the “old” company. The “new” company had employees, who had been employees of the “old” company.
It was alleged that audits were “tabled” if they made DOT look bad. The DOT Internal Auditor found fraud, which was reported to DOT management, but no action was taken. This same fraud was later prosecuted by South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.  Chief Internal Auditor Paul Townes stated: “We used to do the fraud investigations at DOT, we’ve been restricted from doing those now.”
DOT Internal Auditor was told to stop an investigation on outsourcing.
The cover up of reports produced by The Internal Auditor has been so overt that Michael Wooten admitted to having plans to terminate employment of Chief Internal Auditor Paul Townes at the next Commission meeting. Commissioner Wooten stated:  “Well, either Mr. Townes needs to understand that we are his boss, the Commission, or he needs to find another job.” Wooten is Chairman of the Internal Audit Subcommittee of the commission of SCDOT. Wooten stated that an audit was not “final” until it had been approved by the Commissioner. Wooten admitted that there were audits that were withheld from the legislature. This admission was made directly to the very legislature from whom these audits were withheld. Rep. Phyllis Henderson asked if that report was subject to a Freedom of Information Act and she was told that it was not, because it is only published after it was a “final” audit.
Paul Townes states:  “Act 114 states that we’re to distribute all our audits to the Commission as well as four Legislators over committees.  And I recently received a new job description that says the Commission wants to review them before the Legislature sees them.  If you read Act 114, it tends to have all five groups getting them at the same time.  But now we’ve got a new step in here that’s being proposed that the Commission would have the authority to see them, and stop them actually, before they were sent over to the Legislature.
Former DOT employees have attended DOT Commission meetings negotiating on behalf of contractors, as little as one month after they left SCDOT.  Townes:  “When you come to a Commission meeting, the former people who used to work for DOT are at that meeting.  And a lot of them are not there after they’ve been separated a year, they’re there almost the next month.”
Internal Auditors of SCDOT were told directly that they are to do nothing except what management told them to do. SCDOT held meetings which the Internal Auditors were prohibited from attending. SCDOT admits to holding closed “executive session” meetings, where the discussion was about dealing with Internal Auditors. The Internal Auditor’s job description has been changed in an attempt to deal with what management calls “philosophical” differences.
Now the questions are these:
Are we getting all of the fraud for which we are paying?
If we raise the DOT budget will we get better roads or will we just get richer criminals?
Paul Townes did NOT “work for” the people that he is auditing.
He worked for the people of SC, and so do those who censored his reports.

Anyone who is not steadfastly committed to that reality should be fired without delay.

Wooten said that they were going to fire Paul Townes at the “next” Commission meeting.

Wooten said that the commission was in “lock step” agreement on this.

Well that “next” Commission meeting was on 8-20-15, and the media showed up.

The Commission did NOT fire Paul Townes, at that meeting.

Then SCDOT commission said that they are going to “work out their differences” with the auditors.
Would the people of South Carolina be better off if Paul Townes had Wooten’s job,

or maybe Christy Hall’s job?

Well now they HAVE fired their own auditor, Paul Townes, for finding TOO MUCH corruption
Why do we never hear that corruption is rampant?
Is it because, when corruption is rampant, no one dares to call it corruption?
Is it because when corruption is rampant the watch dog is eliminated instead of the criminal?
Who benefits from eliminating the watch dog against corruption,
other than those who are involved in the corruption?

Senator Tom Davis under attack

The hero, who tried to protect the taxpayers, was Senator Tom Davis.
It is rare that a politician risks his own political career for you and me. This week, Senator Tom Davis did. And Senator Hugh Leatherman wants to make him pay for it! Davis led the fight against the tax hike and exposed Senator Hugh Leatherman, Commissioner Mike Wooten, and Commissioner John Hardee for using their position to profit from SCDOT, according to reports from The Nerve. Insiders in Columbia report that Davis has been threatened with law suits simply for telling the truth! Davis stood strong and didn’t back down despite these threats and attempts at intimidation from Senate leadership, Commissioners and their henchmen. You can bet your last dollar that Leatherman will recruit a crony to run in a primary against Senator Davis. Senator Davis will need a deep war-chest to defend against Leatherman’s hand-picked and well-funded crony. We can’t stand by and let Leatherman defeat Davis. As a show of appreciation, and as a matter of preserving a Senator that defends us with unflinching determination, please donate to Senator Davis!  You can also reach him at TomDavis@scsenate.gov  and (803) 212-6350 to tell him thank you. When a politician shows he has the spine to protect us, we need to protect him.

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