For years South Carolina has had one of the highest unemployment levels in the nation. Today, we stand at number three in unemployment ranking, with more than eight percent of S.C. workers out of a job. Gov. Mark Sanford, in the meantime, is fighting these depressing numbers, not by finding new jobs for S.C. workers, but by arguing with the State Employment Commission over whether they are accurate or merely somebody’s conspiracy against him.

Never mind that that independent economists say the S.C.’s unemployment rate may be headed to 14 percent. Sanford says it’s all politics, politics, politics. And why shouldn’t he? He’s running for president in 2012 and that’s all politics.

Now the Guv has more bad numbers to worry about. At the Declining Markets Seminar last Friday, sponsored by the S.C. Professional Appraisal Association, attendants were told to look for a statewide unemployment rate of 23.5 to 25 percent over the next couple of years. That’s Depression level unemployment, folks. That’s the kind of unemployment that puts people in the streets and throwing bricks at the Governor’s Mansion. How will this make Mark Sanford look when he stands in front of the Republican National Convention in 2012?

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