It's no surprise that Tim Scott would want to show off the bustling economic powerhouse that is Charleston.
After all, we've got it going on.
This week our congressman brought his D.C. buddies here to take a gander at some of the state's most important economic drivers. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and a couple of South Carolina's other GOP representatives tagged along with Scott on a photo-op tour of four major job creators in the area.
They used the media attention to trash President Barack Obama's latest economic plan, which includes tax increases for, well, their campaign donors. And of course they hit on some well-worn talking points.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, who represents some other part of this state, said the key to economic prosperity, like we have here, is to get the gubmint out of the way.
Which was kind of funny, seeing as how the congressmen toured the State Ports Authority, MUSC and SPAWAR -- all of which are varying degrees of, um, the government.
Lots of jobs
According to a recent University of South Carolina study, SPAWAR pumps about $2.6 billion a year into the state economy. It also supports, directly or indirectly, one of every 14 jobs in the metro area.
The medical university is a first-class research facility, a superb hospital and educational facility with about 13,000 employees and students. The last time its impact was studied, in 2007, MUSC had about a $2.3 billion impact on the local economy. It's more now.
And the State Ports Authority has a $45 billion economic impact annually and is responsible in one way or another for 260,800 jobs -- more than 10 percent of all positions in the state. Which is why it was stupid for certain politicians to oppose an earmark for dredging the harbor, by the way.
The one private company that Scott showed off was Boeing, which wouldn't be here if not for generous government incentives provided by the Legislature and Sanford administration.
But we don't need no gubmint around here.
The real job creators?
There is something insulting about the games politicians play these days.
Scott's buddies use their anti-government rhetoric (which was unpatriotic during the previous administration) as a key talking point, but the companies that provide many of the best and most jobs around here are connected to one government or another.
Either these politicians are naive to shovel those talking points, or they think low-information voters are. Sadly, they're right.
Duncan says the government should get out of the way and let the private sector create jobs. Really? Unemployment right now is at 11 percent in South Carolina. Where would it be without those gubmint jobs?
Gentlemen, you'd better hope the government doesn't get out of the way in Charleston, or some of you will be among those hunting for new jobs.
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