GOVERNOR’S RECORD OF “OPPORTUNITY AND PROSPERITY” CHALLENGED
National “Republican” leaders are praising S.C. governor Nikki Haley as having brought “opportunity and prosperity to the people of her state.” In fact along with her gender and ethnicity, that’s one reason they selected Haley to give the “Republican” response to U.S. president Barack Obama‘s 2016 State of the Union address.
Is it true, though?
Palmetto State Democrats sent out a news release this week challenging Haley’s economic record – arguing her rhetoric hasn’t been matched with real progress.
“Next Tuesday, America will see a poised and confident speaker in South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley,” S.C. Democratic Party (SCDP) chairman Jamie Harrison said. “But, what they won’t see, and what they certainly won’t hear about, is the despair that has plagued our state as a result of her leadership.”
“What Gov. Haley doesn’t want you to know is that South Carolina is hurting,” Harrison added. “While she’s smiling in front of the cameras, normal people in our state are struggling just to get by.”
That’s true …
South Carolina’s income levels continue to lag well behind the national average. So does our state’s labor participation rate – which consistently hovers at around five percentage points behind the national rate (itself hovering at four-decade lows).
Oddly, though, Harrison and Haley don’t differ all that much regarding their proposed “solution” to this chronic lack of prosperity: More government.
Since Haley took office in 2011, South Carolina’s “Republican-controlled” legislature has passed massive spending increases drafted by liberal lawmakers – with Haley approving virtually every cent.
In fact they are poised to do so again this year …
Will any of that make South Carolina more competitive? Don’t be silly. This is the same nonsensical path pursued by “Republicans” during the previous decade – a.k.a. the “Lost Decade.”