South Carolina Woes

By Ben Cohen

A poignant letter written to ‘The State‘ on South Carolina’s inability to reform:

The times change, but S.C. doesn’t

According to Walter Edgar’s South Carolina: A History, during World War

II, when recruitment was pushed and the draft became law: “more than

one-half of eligible black males and one-third of white males were

declared unfit due to illiteracy or poor health. These rejection rates

were among the highest in the nation and an indication of the poverty

in which the majority of all Carolinians lived.”

More than 60 years later, we still cannot get a tax to discourage the

use of tobacco, which we know kills thousands every year. We should

have the 50-cent tax and use it to improve the level of health in the


Our education level is one of the lowest in the nation, and it has

received national publicity. It was federal law that made integration

possible. Had it not been for the federal government, our schools would

probably still be segregated.

With the stimulus money, the federal government stepped in to try to

shore up our financial situation, and the governor rejected it, only to

be over-ruled by the S.C. Supreme Court. And why is it that so many

other states realize that payday lenders prey on low-income citizens

because of their lack of education, which results in low-paying jobs

that result in a hand-to-mouth existence and the inability to break the

cycle of poverty and raise their standard of living, while our state

just muddles along with the status quo?

When will our politicians move into the 21st century? Why can’t we move ahead for once and be a leader for constructive change?

The governor is worried about debt in the future and rightfully so

because in the present situation, I see nothing improving, and I get

the feeling no one cares. It’s really too bad.



photo by mrwaterslide

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.