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A pair of South Carolina State Senators will participate in a panel discussion that seeks to determine whether the antiquated structure of South Carolina state government is serving the needs of its people.

Why we need a panel to produce the self-evident answer (“hell no”) is beyond us, but nonetheless Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort), a rising fiscal conservative star, and Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Camden), an unapologetic fiscal liberal, will participate in a forum entitled “South Carolina‚Äôs Constitution: Serving 21st Century Needs; or a 19th Century Relic?”

The discussion will be held on Friday at Magnolia Hall in Sun City, S.C. from 12:30 to 1:30 pm EDT.

“I am looking forward to participating in this panel discussion with Vincent,” Davis posted on his Facebook page. “He and I share the view that the 1895 state constitution is the root cause of government dysfunction in the Palmetto State and in 2009 we co-authored a law review article on the need for reform. This is not a partisan issue; it’s a question of good government.”

Wait … if they both agree, why were they picked to “debate” this issue?

To her credit, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has consistently advanced many of the structural reforms necessary to modernize our antiquated government structure … as has Sheheen, to a lesser degree.

Our concern?

Haley is settling for half-measures that won’t produce any real savings at a time when our taxpayers need a radical restructuring – and an equally radical reduction – of state government. Also, through her first 100 days Haley has proven susceptible to the same excess and favor-trading that she campaigned against.

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