Wednesday, October 23, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott addressed a crowd of around 200 people Monday at the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce Industry Appreciation Luncheon.
Guests from a variety of local businesses, as well as local politicians and elected officials, gathered to see the former small business owner speak about local industry in the context of national and global politics.
“If you think about it, businesses do more good in the community they serve than any other organization besides the church,” Sen. Scott said. “You’re doing more than creating jobs. We should celebrate industry because you’re making our communities better. Our abilities, our opportunities, all improve because of industry.”
Before entering national politics, Sen. Scott was a local business owner for 15 years.
When introducing Sen. Scott, state Sen. Sean Bennett brought up the senator’s challenging youth.
“He learned the importance of faith, hard work and living within your means” from his mentor, Sen. Bennett said.
Sen. Scott has brought that mentality to his politics, advocating for small government and challenging big spending.
He used the Affordable Care Act and its $360 million website as an example to argue that the government is wasting resources on elements of society local industries already excel in.
“We should be very careful as we ask the government to step in and do what industry does better, what the private sector does better,” he said. “We should force the private sector to produce a better product at a more affordable rate as opposed to asking the government to spend two and a half times more money to create a website than industry used to create the iPhone.”
He said despite the challenges today’s government may present, American industry is thriving and the best is yet to come
“I believe that the best and brightest days are ahead for America, Sen. Scott said.
“One of the reasons I believe in a smaller, less intrusive government is because I believe the genius of America isn’t found in Washington. It’s found in Summerville. It’s found in Beaufort. It’s found in Greenville.”
He continued: “The greatest things we have seen in this country haven’t happened yet. We are on the dawn of a new age and it is going to be a remarkable world that we’re living in. American companies are on the cusp of the most amazing discoveries.”
Sen. Scott pointed out that many of those discoveries are taking place in South Carolina
He said the energy revolution is “bringing manufacturing back home and it is remarkable,” bringing the state to a leading role in nation-wide job creation.
In closing, the senator left the crowd with an encouraging statistic and a feeling of hope for the national economy.
“We are 5 percent of the world’s population, but half of the new scientific discoveries come from America. … The greatest discovereies that we have yet to see, stuff that you see on StarTrek, it is coming our way and it’s because of industry’s contributions.”
His conclusion was met with a standing ovation.