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SC Crazy Council Veers Left

Remember the S.C. Policy Council? Yeah … you’re not alone if you answered that question with a not-so-resounding “huh?” or “who?” The S.C. Policy Council is a think tank which decided several years ago to stop thinking … and to try competing against us in the new media marketplace. How’d…

Remember the S.C. Policy Council? Yeah … you’re not alone if you answered that question with a not-so-resounding “huh?” or “who?”

The S.C. Policy Council is a think tank which decided several years ago to stop thinking … and to try competing against us in the new media marketplace. How’d that work out for the group? Yeah, not so well …

Anyway, the S.C. Policy Council has been so busy getting its ass kicked all over the internet by us that it has neglected to do its actual job – policy. As a result, the organization has lost all credibility at the S.C. State House and is on the verge of being replaced by a new entity backed by former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, the Palmetto Policy Forum.

More troublingly, the entity has been aligning itself of late with some extreme left-of-center interests (including the Conservation Voters of South Carolina and the kooky, curmudgeony one-man-band known as S.C. Common Cause).

The latest left-of-center group to receive some love from this so-called “conservative” think tank? The state’s uber-liberal school administrators – who are lobbying ferociously to defeat a scaled-down parental choice bill in the S.C. Senate. Joining them in attacking parental choice? None other than S.C. Policy Council president Ashley Landess.

“We looked closely at the bill and concluded it doesn’t do much of anything,” Landess wrote – referring to the legislation’s tax deductions collectively as “a joke.”

“The last thing we want to do is give politicians a chance to take a victory lap for passing an insignificant bill,” she added.

Really? Last time we checked a $300 credit for home school parents wasn’t a “joke.” And deductions that could cover up to a tenth of tuition at a private school wasn’t “insignificant.”

Ordinarily we’d ask “what is Landess on?” However, we’re told her pharmaceutical cocktail has become too involved to address in the space we have available.

Do we favor much more aggressive parental choice reform? Absolutely … and we’ve said so. But when it comes to empowering parents with options and creating the sort of incentives necessary to grow a market, every dollar counts.

That’s something Landess ought to know … but she’s evidently more inclined to embolden opponents of parental choice the same way she’s emboldening other left wing loons.

Seriously … are we about to learn that S.C. Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian has been named the Policy Council’s next president?

Because based on Landess’ total lack of productivity and her steady accumulation of left-leaning ideological alliances, we don’t expect her to have a job much longer.

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26 comments

Sailor February 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I love the way Nikki is staring at Sandford in this picture. Wonder what she’s thinking?

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Nölff February 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

“I wonder what tanning salon he goes to”
ba dum tishhh

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Dr. Well-I'll-Be February 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm

…She’s thinking “De Plane Boss De Plane”….and….He brought me to First Class and I gave him some First Class Ass!

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RHood2 February 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Looking at him looking at HER and thinking, “What a jerk.”

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Sailor February 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I love the way Nikki is staring at Sandford in this picture. Wonder what she’s thinking?

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Nölff February 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm

“I wonder what tanning salon he goes to”
ba dum tishhh

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Dr. Well-I'll-Be February 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm

…She’s thinking “De Plane Boss De Plane”….and….He brought me to First Class and I gave him some First Class Ass!

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RHood2 February 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Looking at him looking at HER and thinking, “What a jerk.”

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BigT February 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

When your media staff (The Nerve) came from leftwing media outlets like The State and Free Times…how do you expect to fool anyone that you’re not leftwing, too???
The Nerve is just another version of establishment media…And The Nerve fails because it does what FITS does (bash Republicans)…except the Nerve has no gossip or slime like FITS….

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BigT February 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm

When your media staff (The Nerve) came from leftwing media outlets like The State and Free Times…how do you expect to fool anyone that you’re not leftwing, too???
The Nerve is just another version of establishment media…And The Nerve fails because it does what FITS does (bash Republicans)…except the Nerve has no gossip or slime like FITS….

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Nölff February 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Kurt Cobain with a scowl.

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Nölff February 14, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Kurt Cobain with a scowl.

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south mauldin February 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm

That’s one happy looking bunch. John Wayne Gacy would fit right in the picture.

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south mauldin February 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm

That’s one happy looking bunch. John Wayne Gacy would fit right in the picture.

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Barton February 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm

75 percent of the school choice bill is tax credit funded scholarships for poor and crippled kids. The middle class “deductions” are just edge dressing. No mention of this in the Policy Council’s so-called “analysis” of the bill.

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Barton February 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm

75 percent of the school choice bill is tax credit funded scholarships for poor and crippled kids. The middle class “deductions” are just edge dressing. No mention of this in the Policy Council’s so-called “analysis” of the bill.

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Same ol' Same ol' February 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm

That is a nasty snarl on Ms. Landess’ face, for sure. A lot of contempt there for something.
Gov. Haley is obviously checking out escape routes thinking, “how the fuck can I get out of here?”.
Gov. Sanford has his pecker in Argentina’s ass.

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Same ol' Same ol' February 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

That is a nasty snarl on Ms. Landess’ face, for sure. A lot of contempt there for something.
Gov. Haley is obviously checking out escape routes thinking, “how the fuck can I get out of here?”.
Gov. Sanford has his pecker in Argentina’s ass.

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Dianthus the Moderate February 14, 2013 at 11:11 pm

SCPC “left wing”? Well, maybe the day pigs fly. The national republican party has become like an “irrelevant” drunk holding onto a lamp post, gonads removed by democrats in the last election. Burning up during re-entry. Keep it up, Jim-boy. I love it.

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Dianthus the Moderate February 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

SCPC “left wing”? Well, maybe the day pigs fly. The national republican party has become like an “irrelevant” drunk holding onto a lamp post, gonads removed by democrats in the last election. Burning up during re-entry. Keep it up, Jim-boy. I love it.

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Son of Thunder February 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

The SCPC is a good group that does great work. They are trying to expose corruption and they’re going after the RINOs that run South Carolina. I think this article is way off base.

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Son of Thunder February 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

The SCPC is a good group that does great work. They are trying to expose corruption and they’re going after the RINOs that run South Carolina. I think this article is way off base.

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katlaurenscounty February 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm

It’s unfortunate, I agree SCPC won’t be able to compete against the new dog.

But FITS assessment SCPC is ‘left leaning’ is personal opinion, NOT reasoned conclusion (look up the diff).

Reasoned conclusion for SCPC decline? Leadership failure. Facts:

1) Organizational basics. Research State Policy Network, how SCPC got started, mission, charter, who can change it. Landress can’t. Claim that SCPC changed alliance is sophomoric.

2) SCPC funding. http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/02/14/12181/donors-use-charity-push-free-market-policies-states. Aspirin for the data headache FITS!!!! Maybe FITS has an ‘inside scoop’ that SCPC is being funded elsewhere and just didn’t say??

3) Core product of think tanks? Analysis. SCPC reports? Conservative. Generally good product. (Didn’t read them FITS?) Landress isn’t SCPC product, she’s supposed to market. I don’t see any evidence Landress markets SCPC product., or, she works to broadening market demand/need, changing report focus to meet customer needs, etc.

4) Involvement in ‘political’ activities damages think tank credibility. Landress recently presented to Spartanburg Tea Party., board member is active in party. Sounds political, no evidence how these activity improves SCPC product. Marketing? Are Tea Party customers? Can’t tell, leadership ineffective. To SonofThunder point, ‘going after RINOs” is political, not credible. Publishing data that exposes waste? Credible.

5) Landress fired crippling shot at SCPC credibility. Don’t think it can recover with Landress in charge. SC gov rated one of country most corrupt. Landress asserted SC gov culture is corrupt. It is a necessary conclusion, then, that she has no rational basis to expect honest services from a gov she asserted is malfunctioning (fouled w/corrupt). Yet, she asked this corrupt gov to investigate and clean itself up (Harrell investigation).

Did gov corrupt culture suddenly go away? No. Is corruption somehow mysteriously blocked from tainting this investigation? No. Can Landress know if the results are tainted or not? No, unless she’s trained in data analysis and understands law ( I see no evidence of either). Her request for a service from an entity she affirms is incapable of delivering it honestly, is typical of inexperienced box thinkers. They seek different results, but they can’t break out of status quo. They do the same thing, invent an irrational justification to expect something different, and try to show how the result is something different.

If Landress asserts the investigation results are crappy or tainted, one can say she’s just being disgruntled. If she supports the results, one can say she’s trying not to look foolish for asking for it in the first place. Not credible.

SCPC meets the criteria of a conservative think tank that does respectable credible work. However, unless Landress is removed from the picture, I believe it likely that SCPC will crash and burn when DeMint’s new group is set up.

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katlaurenscounty February 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm

It’s unfortunate, I agree SCPC won’t be able to compete against the new dog.

But FITS assessment SCPC is ‘left leaning’ is personal opinion, NOT reasoned conclusion (look up the diff).

Reasoned conclusion for SCPC decline? Leadership failure. Facts:

1) Organizational basics. Research State Policy Network, how SCPC got started, mission, charter, who can change it. Landress can’t. Claim that SCPC changed alliance is sophomoric.

2) SCPC funding. http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/02/14/12181/donors-use-charity-push-free-market-policies-states. Aspirin for the data headache FITS!!!! Maybe FITS has an ‘inside scoop’ that SCPC is being funded elsewhere and just didn’t say??

3) Core product of think tanks? Analysis. SCPC reports? Conservative. Generally good product. (Didn’t read them FITS?) Landress isn’t SCPC product, she’s supposed to market. I don’t see any evidence Landress markets SCPC product., or, she works to broadening market demand/need, changing report focus to meet customer needs, etc.

4) Involvement in ‘political’ activities damages think tank credibility. Landress recently presented to Spartanburg Tea Party., board member is active in party. Sounds political, no evidence how these activity improves SCPC product. Marketing? Are Tea Party customers? Can’t tell, leadership ineffective. To SonofThunder point, ‘going after RINOs” is political, not credible. Publishing data that exposes waste? Credible.

5) Landress fired crippling shot at SCPC credibility. Don’t think it can recover with Landress in charge. SC gov rated one of country most corrupt. Landress asserted SC gov culture is corrupt. It is a necessary conclusion, then, that she has no rational basis to expect honest services from a gov she asserted is malfunctioning (fouled w/corrupt). Yet, she asked this corrupt gov to investigate and clean itself up (Harrell investigation).

Did gov corrupt culture suddenly go away? No. Is corruption somehow mysteriously blocked from tainting this investigation? No. Can Landress know if the results are tainted or not? No, unless she’s trained in data analysis and understands law ( I see no evidence of either). Her request for a service from an entity she affirms is incapable of delivering it honestly, is typical of inexperienced box thinkers. They seek different results, but they can’t break out of status quo. They do the same thing, invent an irrational justification to expect something different, and try to show how the result is something different.

If Landress asserts the investigation results are crappy or tainted, one can say she’s just being disgruntled. If she supports the results, one can say she’s trying not to look foolish for asking for it in the first place. Not credible.

SCPC meets the criteria of a conservative think tank that does respectable credible work. However, unless Landress is removed from the picture, I believe it likely that SCPC will crash and burn when DeMint’s new group is set up.

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Buz Martin February 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Nah. Not buying it. Landress and the group have not gone “left wing” at all, but have learned the value of strategic alliances.

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Boz Martin February 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Nah. Not buying it. Landress and the group have not gone “left wing” at all, but have learned the value of strategic alliances.

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