S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley signed an executive order this week instructing her sixteen cabinet agencies to identify government regulations which ought to be eliminated. She also suggested the rest of state government follow her lead.

“Government is never supposed to be slowing things down,” Haley told her cabinet. “If you can find a way to speed up your processes, if you can find a way to be more customer-friendly, we can get rid of these regulations that used to matter that no longer matter.”

Which regulations will be cut? Haley didn’t say. In fact according to reporter Andrew Shain of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper, the governor “did not cite any specific regulations that should be eliminated.”

Hmmmm …

We have no problem with what Haley is trying to accomplish … and it is our hope her cabinet leaders are able to come up with a long and useful list of regulations which ought to be cut.

Having said that, we agree with S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell that Haley’s latest public relations pronouncement will do very little in practice to slow the regulatory expansion of state government. And more to the point: Why is Haley just now coming up with this idea? Where was this bright idea back in February of 2011?

As with her recently initiated “conversation” on the issue of education, Haley is a couple of years late and lots of good ideas short (so far) when it comes to battling excess regulation in state government.

Perhaps her cabinet will prove us wrong, but based on its performance so far we highly doubt it …