The former Speaker of the House, the Honorable Tip O'Neill, is credited with coining the phrase "All politics are local". What that means to us is that South Carolina's success....your success.... is directly tied to your representative's ability to understand and influence issues to reflect your interests. Your Congressman represents your interests and the state's interests at the national level. Don't let the word "national" fool you. The issues of the day such as the growing debt and lower standard of living we are leaving our children, the unprecedented money printing that is devaluing the dollar and encouraging inflation, new or increased taxes that will stifle business, declining education in many places, and many other issues deeply affect us all. It is unfortunate that some in Washington have forgotten who they work for. Below are my views on some of those issues that affect us all in District 7.