We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
South Carolina is unusual in that they have a state sales tax of 6% but it can go up from there on a town-by-town basis. Naturally Charleston benefits from high tourism so tourists help foot a lot of that 9.5% bill. It's like the old days of the tolls on the highways going through Connecticut. Residents paid but non-residents paid more.