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SC 2014: Are you better off?
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As the calendar turns to an election year here in South Carolina, all the usual political suspects are starting to offer up all the usual political rhetoric to try to win your vote, with one side telling you that our state’s current economic forecast is cloudy with a chance of Armageddon, and the other insisting that prosperity, or at least whatever passes for it these days, is right around the corner. All of which reminds me of the 1980 presidential debate, when Ronald Reagan famously asked the simple question, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” A majority of American voters answered with a resounding no, and Jimmy Carter was defeated for reelection.

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