• Beware of study committees

    Among our least favorite terms in state government and politics are “economic development” and “workforce development.” The first is almost always code for tax favors, loans and grants – that is, government money – handed over to private companies. The second usually signifies government programs designed to train workers for private companies – designed, that is, to do for private companies what they should be doing for themselves.

  • You choose

    Effective government isn't just about the who, it's about the how.

  • Every dollar matters
  • Showing your work

    Occasionally, students taking a test aren't just asked to provide the correct answers to questions, they have to show their work. That proves that they fully understand the process and procedure for reaching the correct conclusion and didn't just make a blind guess.

  • Shop around

    When you go grocery shopping, do you grab the first things you see and toss them in your cart? Most people have to be at least somewhat cost-conscious, so they compare prices and sizes. Most people don't buy a car based on what their family members drive. If you have kids, you might need van or maybe you don't have the financial means to drive a Mercedes like your brother does. Shopping for anything entails weighing costs and need.

  • Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity



    Over the past seven years, the Obama administration has continuously ignored the real world consequences that come along with the endless red tape created by big government regulations.

    Last week I introduced the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act to stop one of the administration's newest proposed rules from potentially raising the cost of higher education, making it harder for charter schools to get off the ground, start a small business and dozens of other unintended effects.

  • 10 ideas to improve higher education in S.C.



    We all know that the success of our higher education system is vital to the success of our state – both today and in the future.

    This column is not about all the good things or all the failings of our individual institutions of higher education. Let's just say we have some great institutions and some not so great institutions. At the great institutions we do some things well and some things not so well. At the not so great institutions, we do some things well and some things not so well.

  • Traditions and habits

    There's a difference between a tradition and a bad habit. One is worthy of honoring and carrying forward in perpetuity and the other is not.

  • Compromise

    Most people hail compromise as a good thing. When two entities with very different ideas on things are able to find some common ground and move an issue forward in a positive way, everyone benefits to a degree. We think that good compromise is a good thing. Sometimes going halfway on an issue, or making concessions out of obligation or to placate someone, doesn't make a situation better, though.

  • Rumors

    Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once famously noted that he could not necessarily define was constitutes hard-core pornography, but he knew it when he saw it. Likewise, there is a line between a rumor and a newsworthy fact that can be difficult to quantify.