This is the rust castle show of power and charge my batteries specialist -- good morning welcome -- ready to do a little converse. I know I am keeping it real keep it local I am -- -- because somebody's gotta be here and say this car. Thought if you got something to say you can pick any topic whatever you want. Know what you believe and why you believe it and be ready to go on the -- when you call one of our -- advantage talk lines. The number -- is 2329734232. WORD. Number in Spartanburg. It's 5749673574. WORD. And of course if you'd rather -- a lot of people do these days. Then RW ORD text line number is 71307. I remember herb. Gosh it's been now 34 years ago. On this program I said you got to watch this. Because as it was becoming more more evidence that the economy was slowing down that we were we were in for a rough ride instill -- That. Local government state governments. There we're going to be scrambling around panic in trying to figure. How to get more money out of our pocket. And we've seen that come true not just going on here in the upstate of south Carroll is going on everywhere. They they always have I heard this morning. The guy in I think it's I can't remember whether it was new Yorker or San Francisco. Actually has proposed an idea get this. To have. 82. Cent tax. On every ounce. That's Minnesota can't. Or drink that's not at least 50% Jews even as -- and 45 calories. So -- about that what it would have McCain twelve ounces. So twelve an additional twelve cent tax just on a can of Pepsi. So think about it perhaps two cents per -- So think about it. And there's there's other ways there was news out yesterday. That the federal government wants to make sure that everybody. Has a black box in your car. LA times some C a source of tax revenue these devices. Which I think I remember reading are already in like nineteen. 6% a bold new cars. Now they wanna put him in old cars -- but the devices would trek every mile would you drive. And even even let people know where you are driving. And the government. Wants to use that data. To draw a pay what do you -- -- bill. Evan hope -- rise as some America's road platters struggled to find the cash. To amend a crumbling highway system many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box. That fits neatly by the dashboard of your car. That would -- -- brief -- a motorist drives and trends meant that information to bureaucrats. Controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices. To try to come up with money from the roads. So how upper writes the usually dole arena of highway planning has suddenly spawned intense debate. And colorful alliances. What does Amy Barnett libertarians have joined environmental groups and lobbying to allow the government to use those boxes to keep track of the models you drop. And possibly -- -- your drive. I don't know why -- libertarians would be in favor of bad. And it was a conservative. I'm not been explained why. Here's -- way NC. I don't. Think government needs any more of our money. Do you. We spent a lot of hours on this program. Go into all the waste all the ridiculous things the government spends money he'll. It's federal level at the state level is two steps are. You know it doesn't make any sense to me we talked about this. For awhile now including last week which let up to one happening Greenville county council last night. I I does that make any sense to you. That we should be considering building new roads. When we can't even. Maintain the ones we have. That's investors crazy. It's just a simple as this when you look at the total amount of funding. -- for example comes into the state of South Carolina and not just you know not just in the general fund but if you look at the total amount of money. The taxes we pay. All the money they get from Washington what about all those fees and fines sport or is all that Monica if you look at it. It's between what is it 2122. Billion dollars. In a state they're small -- comes in every year. -- -- that's not money. And what you have to do. Unless you completely gone insane what you have to do. Is your prioritize everything cannot be a priority liberals think that everything. The government touches is a priority so therefore you yet you can't do without any of that's approach stupid. Nancy Pelosi there's nothing left to cut. The Fed barely so Muslim -- no Republicans think the same thing. Especially on greens are coming council. Whether it's on the local level the state level you look at the total. You know things that we spend total list of things we spend money on and you say okay this is what we have this what family -- here's how much money we have. And in this case of the roads need something we're gonna have to take money from somewhere else that's for people start -- all we can't possibly take it away from let's say. Education or or or whatever. It's just a matter of making the hard decisions and prioritizing as opposed to always going back. To the taxpayer. Taxpayers are tapped out. People are having difficulty but their jobs keeping a job working multiple drops. Trying to pay the bills. Price and everything's going up you got all this uncertainty over obamacare. The Arab Democrats at the national level talking about increasing. Federal taxes. So it's -- county council is that they don't care. The ones who voted for this last night. And they're gonna around you know to spend as saying no all we did was vote to begin the process -- committee. To come up with a list of priorities -- like you said. No I think it's more that. Because as a techsters said that to me mergers sent this then Ross why don't these people former committee. To lower taxes. And if they did a wonder how often they would meet. And that's that that that's it exactly. If the taxpayers. The ones paying the bills. Are suffering in a poor economy -- businesses many of them are barely hanging on in this economy. The right thing to do is try to give some relief. Not try to take even more from them. That's why I don't think I don't think they need they need more of her money if any thing they need to put more money back in the hands. Of the people -- economy go. It's Orange County council thing is just crazy. Rudolph bell. Greenville news wrote up this way. And notice the phrasing here strong anti tax sentiment. Is one reason Greenville county is never exercised its option. To impose a 1% sales tax as most South Carolina counties have done notices -- in that I would rewarded. Strong fiscal responsibility. Sediment. Is a great reason why Greenville county has stood alone. Then most count it in and done what most counties in South Carolina. Have done. He continues though now have ever however with no solution insight from Columbia or Washington. For crumbling and overburdened roads. Some county officials are wondering whether green boasts famously conservative voters. Are willing to tax themselves. As a last resort. Well. I'm just one taxpayer that lives in Greenville county. And the answer is no no no no. County council took a step in that direction Monday night now Belle says they voted eight to four we have reports from. And by the way it's not Keebler Terry Keebler is not a Nelson tree. Perry Keebler rhino hunt and the host of conservative voice Saturday -- today here on WORD. He says the vote was actually seven to five and -- Gibson. Liberal Democrat voted against it but anyway bill says. They voted to create a special citizens committee. To draw up a list of projects. That might be funded with a possible sales tax hike. He says voting against -- were councilman -- rolls Joseph -- said -- and Willis meadows. You said the tax hike would be the biggest ever for Greenville county Fred pain however says he's gotten calls from a lot of constituents. Who said quote we need to fix our roads. Which is an -- quote. Fred. Yeah we do need to fix our roads but that's not the real question here the question is do we wanna increase taxes to fix our roads. So as a -- sidestep from pain. Joining him according to bell Bob Taylor what is up with Bob Taylor. You Bob Jones folks. Explained that -- -- Bob Taylor. I think windy and -- -- Danny is dollar dollar and mall. She's that state represented a what are what are where she's gonna come down on this. -- But anyway Joseph ball when Jim burns no surprise there are. Exempt these Norris -- curve and who's really behind all this and list Siemens. Bill the tax I couldn't take effect Douglas County council votes to have a referendum. And a majority of county voters approves it during a general election. Since Jerry would expire automatically after eight years unless renewed by county council and voters yeah like that's ever happened. It but it. Under the wording of the resolution. The estimated in this is the staggering number 65 dot -- 65 million dollars a year. Six it it would be the largest. Tax increase in history the counting. But under the wording of the resolution it can only be used for highways roads streets bridges and here's the instinct kicker related facilities whatever that is. So bill says that excludes funding for the green link bus systems sought by the Greenville transit authority. Or the full program of sidewalks paths and trails favored. By the Greenville based conservation group of state for ever said county attorney mark Collison. So old they go ahead. -- writes. Setting aside the objections of Tea Party activists. Who stage a protest outside of council chambers before the vote and vowed to keep fighting. Now here's the jury other county residents on hand for the -- said they favor the sales tax. And want to use some of the money for sidewalks and bicycle paths among them was frank Mendes -- Executive director of bike walk Greenville. A nonprofit that seeks to improve the county's infrastructure. By walking and bicycling. And here's the full quote bonds bought her man's back at him I'm sure you said. Quote there's less than twenty miles of bike lanes in Greenville county. And there's over 4000 miles of roads. So we have a long way to be bicycle friendly in this community what does he want does he want the miles of bike lanes to equal. Though the miles of roads. That it. Agree though is one of six. South Carolina counties. Then I've never used their option. To impose a local sales tax to pay for various kinds of improvements. I would think that would be a bad -- Forty other companies have done so at one time or another according to state department of revenue. But the kicker here is some of this local tax would be used for state roads. Which we've already paid taxes for ended the insult is if that's the case if this thing were to ever go through. We actually have to pay the state to collect the tax for us. It's just incredible. So. This -- forever group. You know behind the scenes they put out a newsletter called the upstate updates. In October 17. They made the case why you wouldn't date they want there's more taxes. And they were encouraging their readers to really lobby for public transit sidewalks and bicycle paths. They're calling roads loss. And they cite a recent poll of active Greenville county voters with a margin of error of less than 5%. Showed that 75%. Of the voters either strongly or somewhat agree. Then in the dressing -- company's current and future transportation problems elected leadership support and formed a wide variety of options. Including roads public bus systems bicycle trails and walking paths. 43% of the voters support the roads plus option. For twenty years. Twenty years. And they even mentioned in here it would bring it up money are you ready for this. That possibly we can have a second to swamp rabbit trail. Why anyone -- you -- bill the taxpayers for to. Put it. So some of the things going on and it elicited applies to every county in the country. I mean if you if you live in Spartanburg where you live and Anderson are taken so coney where you live Greenwood county. -- -- Union where you live. It's the same question. Why why do they need more of our money when they can't even figure out how -- Be responsible. -- all the money we already did that. So is going to be a big fight it'll be big fight this will be a prominent. Topic on this program. For the next year in you have to speak with a loud voice shared the tellem no. Our Jim -- first -- Jim. They -- night I was littlest -- Where would not be there at 5 o'clock hours later. And there were -- -- -- people weren't -- and hundred you can have helped Janet realized I know but I got a report from Harry -- earlier this particular wrong when it reports there you go into that there was seven of it was not the final vote was peak for. Well -- -- their sabres were about apple. -- all the people who were slow roll up about the attacks increased give up all their kitchen table and go. It was outrageous that we had so few people where -- paid any attention to what was door don't. Bit tweet the chamber was at -- And brittle candidate -- people -- it. The media took -- a thousand plus what we had less than 200 people there. The great majority of wearing those stickers and noting that knows. Well don't -- pitifully weak showing for people of their event II exam but you have to be -- that it deserves what they. They're yet to be fair about this they it was a special meeting they didn't announce it until late on Friday in the weekend. And even though I try to get the word out yesterday. You promoted yesterday morning brewer went up by email word was out there right listed 200 people showed up. And that's critical. I know but the key is next week because -- told us this morning. There's going to be an effort to try to get them to -- to reconsider. And it if you got if it's really close and he says he has on tape. That bloody Gibson voted no that she'd come and. First -- the second but she voted yes. Well there may be -- that took place. Well I -- its lobby voted no one thing that tells me a lot. It tells you. Know rightly so. Well and were written so that they could not be clearly understood -- anybody -- until they're buying himself. And try to interpretation. Yeah he's got no support. Right right and so when the what does that really tell you about what's behind this and and the true ideology of county council so it didn't the key is next week. And we will see how it goes because the one thing's for sure butch carbon. Tried to ramrod this through he did it in a sneaky sneaky way and they are dedicated I mean it's as simple as this Jim. If if you're aren't in favor. Of even the chance of sales taxes being increased why would you bring this up why would you bring -- up. Don't you show up that's afraid. Able Kerry's got to show up or what happens to it is exactly what they dessert yeah I think it's fair enough I think the better message about oil natural -- OK I got -- thank you -- Our Greg Greg 924. You're listening to WORD. 1063. News talk sports and. I got the bottom of the hour news coming up shortly let's quickly talk to a billion free though you were there last night Billy. I'll phrase barrels a kangaroo court -- -- never mind made up -- -- as well as well as did an incredible job you must you have. Just felt what he gave a gave every -- -- he'd be counted down to how much each individual grant award hey. Per year. This tax. And it was it was very convincing and even domain it was that it would count our votes several minutes entertainment spur maybe more. Yet but it -- and so -- they just kept in Baldwin kept trying to jump from an in my expert. If you have questions summing this up up and -- got a brain dead or -- in fact I might be right that they he's got great. They're made up -- about what they were gonna do. And they're just gonna push it through. And it was so typical just spoke to understand. It Baldwin -- -- in the and the rest of them if if if they walk if they wanna fight this battle let's take control. Let's well they really are what. I think you're trying to -- I was fairly good but accord is just get that ranking -- just -- war this is just starting and you know ready to -- are you don't find it. But let's look at hadn't -- for you bring it up yesterday on the on the air I think that we would cheap. Probably half that many people -- they're not -- -- many people thought -- -- I showed up. I can do a better job I try to do the best I can but I didn't do a better job and I pledge I'll try 'cause this is just beginning. This is a little microcosm. Of what we say we're fighting against in Washington DC and in Colombia while now. It's right here in our backyard so Baldwin -- and let's let's let's check it out let's do it right here right now. Thank you -- 931. This is the Russ castle show Howard and charge my batteries specialists -- local keeping tabs of where everything that's gone on around here. And giving you a chance to comment via the Eagles advantage talk lines. -- 2329673. Spartanburg is 5749673. WORD. Text line a lot of those coming up. 71307. Talk to Iran in more high brought. Okay good all right. I was how do you like we -- rebuild. It's weird. We. I think during the radiation it would be the toughest part. Controls the other day the toughest part of the two to three months after you finish the radiation so. You know you still don't throw it day by day but hopefully every -- is gonna get a little bit better thank you -- And along quick comment about what -- -- -- call -- the looks -- about the reassessment here of Spartanburg and everything. I had I had the same. They -- in the I added. -- -- my house of -- these Alomar is more and I. You know -- -- social lashed exterior ignite our culture that -- because -- I call I actually called them and I told him I should give a little earlier this -- -- powerful lure of 50000 more and I'm like you were. You wanna give me you know we're usually a -- right did you write did you I -- it don't take me 50000 dollars to bring my house backup car. No kidding. There in there they are sure to be a property taxes and reassessment really came into focus. During this this bad stretch we've had in the economy. Record number of foreclosures people upside down happening all across the country. And they they put it off for awhile and then bam here comes reassessment. And really it really focused in on what an absurd notion this is. At a time when the housing market which is starting to recover a little bit now but housing market was down there's somebody. Come along and assess your property for taxing purposes added -- more than it's -- it's worse. I mean my god didn't do real estate appraisal compared the numbers it's crazy. Anyway Ron thank you some of the text messages. Oh here's a nice. Thanks Ross -- you do that caller -- got my blood pressure up. Russ tell Jim we are calling texting and faxing while he's at work as long as he shows up he's doing fine. -- some of us work past 5 o'clock I signed the petition against it. What is the point of a petition if I needed to get -- -- to attend yesterday's some blisters just don't get it. -- so another words what we're talking about here was -- -- county council. The expanding bureaucracy. Most expand to meet the needs of expert and big bureaucracy. -- -- some of us are plenty ticked off but I'm handicap. And I can't drive. -- why put lipstick on a pig that needs a bath. Given the -- bath put the lipstick on -- when the essentials are met. People what's wrong with you this is your money Ross is talking about being taken from you. After your money has already been taken from you think about this. Now I know where this techsters talking about I've driven by many times Russ I'm a native. Biggest no. Last year Greenville county. Hired a company from Louisiana to dredge the salute river slash lake. In the meantime they hold that material to some land the combined utility owns all of a red river road. The dredging company used Edinburgh road off of Thomasville road which is barely a two lane road there's never really paid. It was just a two inch asphalt cap over -- from -- Nevertheless Edberg was never fixed right from the loaded dump trucks -- on the road who will beat you to death with potholes all ball and it. And you could only travel about ten miles an armor less you wanna have an alignment every month I'm sure someone got a pocket full of money for using the land. But the homeowners slash taxpayers got shafted when the road that is just tore all the pieces. -- -- Well. That is one of the strangest. Construction projects I have ever seen the one that he's talking about over. I -- it just doesn't make any sense any which way it just doesn't. Go back and forth on that road to see what my daughters who lives in -- Ross. To county council. Why wouldn't they recommend and support a bicycle tax. Well I I I think there's silence on that. Speaks volumes. -- us -- oldest son -- agenda 21 is a brand YH a an agenda 21 supporter. Yes and I think so. Russ why. Would -- don't need solutions from Colombia or worse Washington for anything. To councilman Fred -- Fred I'm one of your constituents that ask you to fix what we have with what we already have no more. Taxes. I mean seriously. Sooner or later you gotta make that clear. -- so on property taxes. If I can't pay taxes I lose everything I have. Yeah that's the immorality. Of a property taxes. -- I would encourage people to shore -- the county councilman whose bones down. -- a lot of us drive all day give us some phone numbers to call or text and complain. About these taxes I would highly recommend what we recommended yesterday. No tax hike SE dot com. From a buddy Harry Kim. Russ I broke down amassed 60%. Of the Republicans on Greenville county council. Voted for this tax increase. 15%. Of the Democrats voted against it. The -- is something. Well again this is this stretches across ideology because a sales tax affects everybody. And you know if these Democrats who are always talking about how. You know and they won't help the poor. What you don't help the poor when there's an increase in the sales tax. -- are out local and federal politicians. Need to look at raising taxes as a last resort. And be more efficient with the ample amount of revenue they already get from us. That's from JC and Campobello. Rusty widening of highway nine and -- springs is a thirty million dollar plus waste from Spartanburg to Boiling Springs on highway nine. The roads are crumbling. -- most new cars already have this blacks -- you were talking about many times. Are there used to get the data after a wreck to see speed breaking angle of the -- is that true. But. This new push. And the LA times spelled it out is to get more tax revenue. That that's what the officials are saying. Russell funny thing about taxing soda over Jews is that ounce for -- Jews usually has a higher or as high sugar content and as a Coke or Pepsi read the label people well that's true. So there you go some of the text messages that I do want to send one. It's 71307. If you like to talk about this a -- -- advantage talk like numbers Greenville 2329673. Spartanburg 5749673. One other thing woke. We talked about this before but the Union County sheriff David Taylor. Just spoken plainly yesterday this is merely Spartanburg herald journal -- Arnold is the reporter. Union County sheriff David Taylor. Describe general sessions. Court judges as they quote joke. After he says a man found guilty of drug possession. And sentenced to probation. Was arrested less than a week later. -- Taylor said. Dick Morris. Davis pleading guilty to possession. With intent to distribute drugs. October 18. On Thursday Union County drug task force officers arrested Davis 22. Of one -- or street union again. According to a written statement from the sheriff's office. 11 AM last Thursday officers stopped a black mustang for a suspect window -- violation. When officers approached they smelled marijuana coming from the car and they saw what appeared to be pieces of marijuana all underpants. Of the driver. Is that marijuana on your printed is happy to see him. Davis admitted to officers then he's at five ounces of marijuana. In a black duffel bag. Which also contain digital scales and plastic bag -- Yep that's a pretty good indicator when he was planned to do when they went. Sure Taylor expressed frustration frustration with what he called the State's revolving door judicial system. Reached by phone on Mondays and it's a shame that people get more time going before a magistrate judge then they general sessions judge. Sheriff said his deputies do their job. And the solicitor does his by getting the cases before a circuit court judge. Quote this guy Davis. Adventurer has been charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs three times. Since 2009. That's ridiculous people are getting probation for burglaries. -- debate when you broke into somebody's house install something you went to prison but not anymore. Taylor said other upstate shares including sheriff chuck Wright Cherokee county sheriff Steve -- And even Greenville county sheriff Steve -- have also expressed frustration. About offenders receiving no time. Or brief prison sentences. He said Circuit Court judges are handing down quote lackadaisical. Sentences. Are magistrate court judges do an outstanding job and are counting. But general sessions court judges are eight joke. It's frustrating to law enforcement and the victims of crimes to see people who commit these crimes right back out on the street. The sheriff -- I'm held accountable to do my job in of people don't like it they can elect somebody else Circuit Court judges are set for life. They don't have to answer. To winning one. Now. This is an upstate insurer. Do speak in the troops. I've talked about this before. Maybe we can talk about this again. Folks judges. Need to be elected to. Other states do this. Why don't we do with here in South Carolina because the good old boys like to appoint their bodies. They -- all their power. And this I think. Is what's led to this problem. So let me ask again I know I'm beating a dead horse why. Do we keep voting for the same old people to go to Columbia. Could -- to Foster the status quo. I think sheriff David Taylor is spinal. And I applaud him for saying it publicly. Win or the voters of this state. Got to speak with one loud clear voice saying. Enough of this already. By the way the circuit judges Donald Parker. He was unavailable. For com. I -- he was. 947. Let us converse went through Randall in -- high. The -- right I don't -- -- hear from you again I like Rivera. Also thought about Serb gunmen that carried out -- but look where we could do it -- to -- -- -- commit to a diplomatic got to gear right. The mistress doesn't if you do try to medical more about last week -- as a supplement to meet because you care. That library -- outlook mobile -- at present there. But -- -- -- as we gave it straight to fight break out. Remember our conversation and you were excellent last week so I'm glad you called back I just wanted to bring this up again -- when you have. Sheriff's. Expressing the very same thing that you and I were talking about last out. And I haven't had one single call to disagree. With you or me or any of these sheriff's car that tells me. That there are. There -- enough of us to to demand change we meet we meet. We really do I -- would you like it like you said. We talked about just last week that you're cop out there you're you're there but your life on the line you're going after these people because that your job. And then -- share was expressing. A few days later. -- back. There are strictly science diet same chart -- throw around about smoke -- do we need a car. -- went to skills and and and and marijuana and beg -- all over him. So earlier we know what he was doing -- better. Yeah. So riddle what do what do you think set the heart of the problem I think it's good old boy legislature. There -- duck duck duck duck boat harbor talk first about. That the number one problem but I'm not undertake to -- but I want our -- -- straighter yeah. -- a camera venerable. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Anatomy US government could be -- clinic and they don't they don't normal veterans -- -- never knew I don't they don't want about a hundred -- are the big theater not make you leave I leave the ground. But they've been held a divided -- their true -- Cuomo bridge route to show up. What this is news to make so where where where did you get this from now who try. I have -- are -- -- all I had served normally apolitical sort of -- -- my prescription right field from outside doctor right. Individual -- talking about mr. card they -- -- they would look out radio frustrated because no one has been invited. Took a burglary and dedication. Be chaos but yet. Glad to get the Internet and wanna read whatever but it the company to BAR because all the big we -- -- -- in an air fast computer they actually do. They're gonna tell them the courage to -- had been receiving and they don't want them wanted because it was going to be got flat at 11 o'clock. So I can look at our border brave netbook it could be -- better. Didn't get to VA overall -- for a bit more to be photo album art without will be there. -- don't know what are. Yeah and if you wanna if you want to express it which is your American right to do dissatisfaction. With the VA or by the way. Lindsey Graham -- for this would be a great opportunity and I'm so glad you told me that re all will be very good morning. Well we'll -- I I I know they've built that day is right there I think there was a Winn-Dixie used to be there in the -- you're burned and I don't -- restaurant Peter David -- to get there and -- -- -- that right they're going down grove road just just from the Red Cross there sore and so I've been been reading about when they were gonna to have the grand opening of this but that's the first I've heard. Your -- a for effort that they really don't want the veterans to show of. Ever devised by a veteran and -- about that -- topical it could be yup they were older you have been out of here a lot of -- they would walk -- first -- intimidated by the blob what you may never buy an approach of -- don't -- -- Ohio royal wedding got all the become a -- -- as -- noted debate. -- -- and Veteran's Day is coming up no federal in the federal negligible Randall thank you for their heads up on that. -- stay tuned folks have never stops 954 now some. All right coming up in the next hour a lot of slopes we've covered it extensively. Yesterday. The S sixty minutes report on Ben -- yesterday is creating even more bugs. Today. In the next hour even Chris Matthews. Says quote where -- the people that could have come I'm gonna ask that question until I get answers. And what about the parts. Of the sixty minutes piece on being -- that didn't air apology here's some of those that -- a whole lot more coming up. 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