One of the main topics of discussion among voters—if not the main topic—for the last few years has been how to get the country's sluggish economy back on track.
If there was an easy answer, of course, it would have been done.
At the heart of this discussion is the role that government should play in creating jobs. One end of the spectrum is the belief is that government should do as little as possible and stay out of the way to let capitalism work. On the other end, is the belief that governmnent should manage as much of the economy as possible. Between these two views there is a lot of room.
This debate has been particularly timely in South Carolina in the last week or so. Last week, a company in Oconee County announced they would close a plant there and send 600 jobs to Costa Rica, paying employees a fraction of what they were paying them here. Gov. Nikki Haley told Patch she intervened but it was to no avail.
Earlier this week, Patch reported that a company moving to Greenville County would pay a flat fee for the next 20 years in lieu of income taxes. Being that taxes go up based on the amount of income earned, this would appear to be a great deal for Con-Pearl, the company involved. But is it fair? Politicians talk all the time about the government not picking winners and losers, but Con-Pearl's arrangement would appear to give it a significant leg up on its competition.
On Wednesday, Gov. Haley explained her philosophy on what the government should do in terms of boosting the economy through job creation.
What's your take?