- Solutions for fixing our decrepit road system.
- Solutions for ending our tragic epidemic of spousal abuse.
- Solutions for re-instilling trust in government.
- Solutions for helping train the workers we desperately need to fill jobs.
Where exactly are we heading?
Thursday, June 11, 2015on
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tsu We find ourselves nearing the end of another legislative session with very little to show for 20 weeks of time and the $36 million in taxpayer money we spend to fund the General Assembly for a year. Part of this is certainly chalked up to our Founding Fathers’ intent to make lawmaking difficult. Part of this can clearly be chalked up to a system that has is quickly devolving into a clique system that more resembles a fractious parliamentary system than the two-party system we have grown accustomed to over the past 200 years. I spent 10 years working in the House of Representatives before moving to the Greenville Chamber, so I’ll leave that fact on the table for full disclosure. This legislative session has played out on a script that is way too familiar to political wonks like myself: We spend the Christmas season with high expectations and new hope. We spend January watching a flurry of committee hearings and reading breathless press releases about all of the action. We spend March and April watching the frequently messy budget process. We spend May and June watching all of that momentum slowly devolve into filibuster and hurt feelings. As I write this (and I am hopeful that this will change and make me look foolish), we’re waiting for: