The sharp specifics, though, aren’t exactly what voters might expect from a Democrat. And not from a Republican, either.
Instead, Colbert-Busch’s official platform appears geared towards specific needs of the district and not the goals of any political party.
Take her economic policy, for example. Her stance on alternate energies might seem liberal, but her detailed position on defense spending in this region leans conservative.
New and reusable energies have potential to build thousands of jobs and billions in revenue to the area, which Colbert-Busch knows directly from her experience with Clemson’s Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing facility.
But the current congressional topic of sequestration puts the region’s military and defense industry at risk, too, she says. “South Carolina’s eight major military bases contributed almost $16 billion annually to the state’s economy. The 11,000 Dept. of Defense worker statewide will likely face furloughs, removing close to $60 million in gross pay,” her official economic platform reads.
Sequestration’s impact on the 1st Congressional District would impact Charleston most, Colbert-Busch says, but would also considerably harm Northern Beaufort County, where cuts to military spending could have “a total economic impact of more than $1.4 billion on the local economy(.)”
Her fiscal platform will sound familiar to Republicans, too – “I do not support new taxes” – while Democrats might better identify with her method to address high government spending. “(W)e need to drop the foolish idea of across-the-board cuts,” she declares, stating need for much more specific cost-saving applications.
And both sides of the spectrum can certainly agree with her specific examples on this fiscal subject. “If Congress let Medicare officials do their job, we could save $24 billion every year,” reads her platform, which also cites $98 billion in wasteful spending on Medicare and Medicaid in just a single fiscal year.
On immigration, Colbert-Busch supports the conservative argument on need to secure our borders, but also holds the more progressive argument that round-up and deportation of illegal immigrants “is neither economically or practically feasible.”
She also merges both sides of the spectrum in her official platform on the subject: “We should have a tough but fair path to citizenship for deserving immigrants. We need to hold undocumented immigrants accountable by passing criminal background checks and requiring payment of taxes.”
And her stance on veterans is one that all can certainly agree with, too, especially with her stance on a specific goal relevant to this topic. “I will dedicate a staff person in my office to work on behalf of veterans in the 1st District and the entire nation, and I will recruit a veteran to that position.”
More details on these and other platform positions in Colbert-Busch’s campaign are available on her website’s “issues” page.
Colbert-Busch is competing in the March 19 primary, and hopes to vie in the May 7 final contest of this special election for the 1st Congressional District seat.