Congressional Art Competition Winner Announced:
In our fourth year of the Congressional Art Competition, once again I am struck by the level of creativity and artistic skill of the high schoolers from right here at home. In that vein, I wanted to send a word of thanks to everyone who participated in the competition, including the many teachers, parents, and most importantly, the students. While we received a whole host of entries that showcased the talent of our students here in the Lowcountry, there can ultimately be only one winner. Accordingly, I’m pleased to announce that this year’s First District winner is My’Asia McCollum.
My’Asia is a senior at Cane Bay High School in Summerville, and her piece (seen below) is entitled “Centenary 1947.” The subject’s name is David Fladger Richardson, originally from Centenary, South Carolina, and he now calls Summerville home. The tobacco farm in the background of the picture is where he lived and worked as a boy and on into his teen years. He is part of the greatest generation, and as a Korean War Veteran and Bronze Star recipient, I can only imagine the stories behind his eyes and weathered skin.
Southwest Airlines will fly My’Asia and her mother to Washington this June for a reception recognizing her exceptional artwork. It will be displayed at the Capitol for the next year.
2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner My’Asia McCollum
Costs Exceed $1 Trillion Annually for U.S. Federal Tax Compliance:
Want to know yet another reason why we need to reform the tax code?
Americans spend an estimated 8.9 billion hours a year doing their taxes….
In terms of activity and hours spent, that’s the equivalent of the entire state of South Carolina doing nothing but working on their taxes for the next 2 ½ months.
So, how does that translate over to dollars and cents? The costs of compliance - the time, effort, and money expended to simply make sure that taxes are filed correctly - is as high as $1 trillion a year...or in other words, about $3,200 per US citizen. This amount is on top of the $3.4 trillion in federal taxes that American citizens and business will pay this year.
The article linked below details a couple of studies on this topic, and I urge you take a look as Congress develops legislation simplifying our tax code.
One more quick eye-opening fact from the article: The federal tax code has grown from 409,000 words in 1955 to a total of 2.4 million words today, and that doesn’t even include the 7.7 million words of tax regulations created by the IRS. Click here to read the Atlas Network article.
Letter to FBI on Comey Termination: Things are moving fast right now in Washington…and that is probably the time it’s most important to be most deliberate.
In this vein, I sit on the House Oversight Committee (OGR), and last night, the committee sent a letter to the FBI requesting all written and oral communications between former FBI Director Comey and President Trump. There are reports that Comey dictated a memo after each visit with the President.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the committee, has said even if it takes a subpoena, he wants the committee to see what is here. The belief is that these documents will offer some insight into whether the White House sought to influence the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. We will see, but again, I am struck that in all the swirling of innuendo and claim, it’s important we be deliberate and reason-based as we look at what is or is not here.