Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Time for Anderson County Council to move on

Anderson County is suffering from serious job losses in this current economy. Plants are closing; others have workers on part time schedules. Yet, our county government seems obsessed with the past. Instead of working to make sure outside business investors know how great a place Anderson can be for their investment dollars and job creation, our County Council is embroiled in a legal saga with the past County Council and Administrators.

The saga has gone on for years, and, frankly, both sides are to blame. Hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars have been spent on lawsuits and investigations that result chiefly in Anderson County being a place where businesses from the outside fear to invest.

Let’s be frank. Getting even with Joey Preston and the past council will not put food on the table for laid off workers in Anderson County. Vindicating Joey Preston and the past council will not pay the electric bill for a family whose main bread winner is laid off. Those who continue the saga have no idea of the impact that they have upon real people’s lives. Lost jobs and business investment over Anderson County being seen as in turmoil means real lives are impacted. Real people struggle. Real opportunities are missed for so many. I wonder at times if the hardcore partisans on either side of the great saga of Anderson County have any idea how they impact people’s lives. I wonder if they have any compassion for their fellow man whatsoever.

It is far past time for the great saga to be concluded. If there has been criminal wrongdoing, let SLED and the Attorney General deal with it. But, please Anderson County Council; think for a moment about all those people losing jobs in the county and stop the taxpayer funded investigation and work to create an atmosphere in which business does not run away.

Think on it. How does one look in the eye a man laid off from Mt. Vernon in Williamston or Timken in Honea Path and tell him that spending taxpayer money to get Joey Preston and the previous council is worth more than trying to find that man a job in Anderson County? What do you say? “Sorry about you not having a job, but I will get Joey Preston?” Chances are the laid off guy does not give a damn about Joey Preston. He just knows he cannot find a job around home in Anderson County.

Joey Preston and the past council are gone. The current Anderson County Council members have the responsibility now. They can use their power to put an end to the saga and create a united front for investment, or they can ignore the plight of real Anderson County people and keep on their quest to make sure they get even with their past foes and the county is a place in which no one wants to invest.


  1. Working MomJune 10, 2009

    You and your buddy Mr. Capps helped to create this council. I know how you worked to defeat Bill McAbee. Don't play above it all now. This is your fault.

    My God will raise up warriors against you and Mr. Capps and Tom Allen. Wait and see.

  2. AnonymousJune 10, 2009

    One thing is sure in life, McCarty, standing up for the right thing will be punished.

  3. Cindy FanJune 10, 2009

    How dare you stand against Cindy Wilson.

  4. Working MomJune 10, 2009

    Please tell me you are running for office. My God has warriors ready to defeat you/

  5. AnonymousJune 10, 2009

    What is this, the Brian McCarty for County Council agenda?

  6. AnonymousJune 10, 2009

    Cindy Wilson will beat you 70-30.

  7. AnonymousJune 10, 2009

    Good riddance to all those damn Mexicans at Mt. Vernon.

  8. Motorcyle ManJune 11, 2009

    I ain't no damn Mexican and am facing cutbacks at work. Cindy Wilson can kiss my ass.

  9. Brian, you're right. There's nothing to be gained by beating a dead horse. The real bottom line statement was made when the current council line up toppled them and pushed Preston out the door.

    Having made their point, they would be wise to move on and come up with an agenda that will differentiate them from the past regime.

  10. AnonymousJune 12, 2009

    Working Mom,

    your'e a nut. I don't know who you are, but you're a crazy nut.

    With that being said, I can tell you that McCarty didn't help defeat McAbee.

    I don't think God is really raising up warriors against McCarty, Capps, or Tom Allen. For you to think that God is doing that (and I really think you believe this) is really buzzare.