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  •  Wonderful diary on real & frightening facts in (9+ / 0-)

    the real world.

    Wow. I lived in NC and went into SC from time to time so already have an opinion about its being a place in which I could not live.

    But I did not realize the state of the state's government having been taken over by wealthy interests. The extent of that is horrifying. What you describe is simply 3rd world type, but refined, Corruption on a scale unheard of. It takes my breath away as you describe how the state is run at the behest entirely of corporate owners.

    Wow. I cannot quite believe it but I do. It makes me angry as well because I live in Florida where Scott is the same type of governor. He stripped state education of I think 2 billion. Then a bit later he "adds" 1 billion, solely for the purpose, this accounting trick of his, so he can claim to have been good to education by "raising" the ed budget 1B. Because he was in so much trouble, so unpopular. So tricky.

    Hopefully the Florida electorate is diverse enough to resist the SC type of change. It must be heart-breaking at times. Those poor people who are poor there must have an awful time. It's very hard to keep up with higher consumer taxes and fees when you have little to live on.

    Your description of them as having given up,  relying only on Jesus, this coincides with what my niece's husband tells me he finds here in rural areas of N. FL. where he works as an EMT. They have no hope, he says, large areas of poor people. So sad we have come to this.

    Thank you so much. May I suggest you post this again, republish, on a Sunday? People may have more inclination to look. Very worthwhile piece of writing. Maybe add corruption to title? I hope you write more on this here, especially regarding the governor and how all that is working. I apologize if you already have and I missed it!

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 01:20:19 PM PDT

    •  It's interesting... (2+ / 0-)
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      Just Bob, roadbear

      I was shocked in 2010 when the majority of, let's say, educated republicans that I know stated they were not going to vote for Haley.  I thought that her opponent, Vincent Sheheen, might just have a chance.  Unfortunately, he came up short, but it was closer than I would have thought.  The good old boy mentality down here is way too strong sad to say.   She's not all that popular, so I could perhaps see her getting primaried out, but if she wins the nomination in 2014, re-election is a slam dunk unfortunately.  

      •  As someone who has only lived in SC for 2 years (6+ / 0-)

        It still amazes me what the level of hatred toward President Obama is, and how so many people  fail to equate the out of state interests (except for their vacation home on Kiawah Island or another beach community) that have taken over the state with why they have to send their kids to private schools, or why the libraries struggle to acquire materials, computer hardware, or new facilities despite the extensive growth of population in many parts of the state over the last several years. They fail to equate that decades of one party rule has left the state a mess, yet keep voting for those same politicians with the blind hope that these issues will be addressed. It's why the roads and infrastructure are falling apart, communities are literally spreading themselves out to the hinterlands (Moncks Corner, some 40 miles from downtown Charleston is now part of the Urbanized Charleston area, according to the US Census Bureau, while mile after mile of former port areas and rundown neighborhoods exist in the inner sections of the region. It is an area that, despite the extensive coastlines, discussions of rising oceans and climate change are verboten.  As someone that looked at these issues from a planning perspective, it scares me what will happen to Charleston (and SC as a whole) once fuel prices really spike in the next decade or so, and climate change affects the state further.

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