The Haley Effect

South Carolina has a lot of problems.  I’ve written about them here, but I’m not needed to chronicle the malfeasance, misfortune and mummification of a once great state. 

The whole of the Palmetto society is affected (and encumbered) by a plutocracy intent on nothing more than self-preservation and maintaining the status quo.  To their shame and the population’s detriment, the purveyors of the status quo will continue to operate in such a manner that South Carolina will continue to slide away from progress and prosperity.

But, just as South Carolinians are rising to oppose the freedom-crushing agenda of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party on national issues, so too can citizen outrage penetrate and influence the State House.

The primary reason I’ve promoted State Representative Nikki Haley’s candidacy for governor is because I can see in her the opportunity for South Carolina to emerge from under the thumb of the legislative elite and become a robust and flourishing commonwealth. 

Haley is, by far, the most conservative and fiscally adept of the four Republican contenders.  Some may consider that opinion, but not those who look at the race closely. 

Nikki Haley’s election would be good for the South Carolina economy and domino a series of positive transformational reflexes.

Here are some of the cascading effects I anticipate with Nikki Haley’s election as governor:

  • Notice to the rest of the country and, more importantly, the state, that South Carolina has joined the 21st Century
    • An image remake for the South Carolina brand
    • Makes state businesses, products, services and graduates more attractive
      • Increased tourism
      • Increased investment
      • Growth in commercial and housing construction
  • Proves South Carolina is no longer a “good ol’ boy” enclave
    • A level playing field has been established for business and industry
    • A message to the business community – both within and outside the state – that would be a clear “Y’all come” 
      • A business friendly atmosphere
      • Increased investment by both new and established businesses and industries
        • More jobs
          • REDUCED unemployment
          • REDUCED welfare and entitlement payments
          • Increased state revenues
            • Improved infrastructure 
              • Lowered public debt
              • Improved bond ratings
                • Increased investment in the state 
  • A mandate that puts the state legislature on alert to the voice of the voting population
    • Citizens of the state are in control of their own destiny
    • Diminished wasteful government spending
    • More “citizen-friendly” legislation

It will be easy to consider some of this fanciful and, to be sure, these improvements will take time.  But, this scenario is neither as magical or distant as you might think.  In fact, I’m certain that I’ve missed quite a few advantages and correlating effects.  Some are redundant, which makes them all the stronger.  An increase in tourism, for example, will create jobs and all the advantages employment brings.

My point in all this is that Nikki Haley’s election – unlike and more so than that of any other candidate from either party – will have an impact on this state unseen in recent history.

Opinion?  Yeah, but opinion born of an analysis of social, political and economic realities.  The state won’t be any worse off than it is now if Haley doesn’t win, but think about whether it will be any better off.

This election at this time is about more than whether your candidate wins or loses.  It’s about whether South Carolina wins or loses.

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13 comments

  1. my problem with Haley is her close association to Sanfraud and his ex wife’s endorsement. That alone prevents my interest to be honest.
    But honest again, none of the Republicans interest me nor does Vince Sheheen.
    I believe a good honest candidate who is fiscally conservative could win a write in this year.

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    • Nikki Haley is the Fiscally Conservative in the race and she is honest. Her Close association with the Governor was based on a reform effort that got House and Senate budget votes on the record and she is still trying to require All votes on the record. Before their Bill only 8% of House votes and 1% of Senate votes were ever recorded- how were we as voters to know if our eleceted officials were doing their jobs with so few recorded votes? Haley is a strong female with honest principles and will serve this state well with a sigularity of purpose I do not see in the others. To me they seem to be looking beyond the Governor’s office to the Oval one, not Haley, she is focused on South Carolina.

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  2. I respect your right to your opinion, but mine is that she would be an awful choice. There are a number of things that make me really sure she could not run this state, or that she should be a viable candidate. I do not trust her at all. Wait for the full story.

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  3. I’m for Nikki, but for a politico like me it’s pretty distubing that she couldn’t get the fundraising aspect together. She’s got a serious disadvantage going into the home stretch. A lot of the original blame for that goes to Sanford–I’m not even sure she would have gotten in this thing if it wasn’t for the original plan to be set-up as the natural successor to Sanford.

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    • And because whiners are a dime a dozen in politics, I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is. I just gave another donation to Haley for Governor, and everyone supporting her should do the same! If I had any rich friends, I’d try shaking them down too.

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  4. “The state won’t be any worse off than it is now if Haley doesn’t win, but think about whether it will be any better off.”

    I am not sure this stmt is true. If S.C. is not moving forward, it will be passed by states that are moving forward. Therefore, we probably will be worse off if we don’t change.

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  5. I like Nikki’s position on transparency and strongly support it against the attempts by House and Senate leadership to defeat her efforts. After reading “Rich States, Poor States” by Art Laffler and “Unleashing Capitalism” by Russ Sobel, it is apparent that enough economic studies have been completed on the various states to identify which policies most strongly promote economic growth and which ones retard growth. Sadly, SC has one of the poorest policies when it comes to taxation, high individual and corporate income taxes, shown in the referenced books to be the leading impediment to robust economic growth. Sadly, Nikki will only commit to “study taxes” in SC. They’ve been “studied” for ever, in SC, including the current TRAC committee, and across the nation. The time for study is over. It’s time for our Governor to mount a public challenge to the legislature to act to reduce our punitive tax burden to allow the citizens of SC to enjoy the fruits of their hard work. The FairTax is the most thoroughly researched tax reform proposal ever introduced in the US Congress. These same economic principals apply to SC. Lets implement the SC FairTax in 2011.

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  6. From Nikki Haley’s website:

    “The first two reforms I will push are the elimination of the small business and personal income taxes.”

    It looks as though the commitment is there to take action. There’s no statement indicating that she is going to “study” anything.

    She has also reassured me personally on several occasions that she wants to get rid of the homeowner occupied property tax as well.

    She may not put in the “Fair Tax” verbatim but there will be a shift that, if successful and combined with cutting spending, will make two of the most onerous taxes in the state completely disappear.

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