Something John Rust — a candidate for the Republican nomination in S.C. House Dist. 77 — said during his endorsement interview earlier this week was very familiar. It’s something we hear all the time as to why some people oppose restructuring South Carolina government to put the elected chief executive in charge of the executive branch.
Cindi Scoppe explores this common misconception in her column coming up on Sunday. An excerpt:
When I finally managed to claw my way through my over-stuffed in-box, a reprise of the Rust message was waiting for me:
“I saw, again, in your column, a push for enhanced gubernatorial power in South Carolina. You made reference to a leader with bold ideas that don’t get watered down by the timid legislature. Were you implying that this would protect education from unwise budget cuts? If our present governor’s bold ideas were unchecked, a good portion of our education dollar would be paying private school tuition, even bright kids who read at age five would be getting systematic phonics instruction until they were nine, and Barbara Nielson (sic) would likely be State Superintendent. At least 25% of the income tax burden would have been shifted from upper-incomes to middle and lower incomes.”
When you put it that way, no one in his right mind would want to “restructure” government…
You may be able to see where she’s going with that. If you can’t, you need to read the column on Sunday.
And before that, I’ll be putting video of the relevant part of the Rust interview on our new Saturday Opinion Extra…
In fact, you know what? Since y’all are like my extra-special friends and all, I’m going to go ahead and give y’all the video right now: