I have been arguing for some time now that Republicans’ economic development strategies consist of little more than cutting taxes and then cutting taxes some more. That goes double for GOP gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley.

Apparently, I am not alone in my feelings. Phil Noble of S.C. New Democrats had a letter published in The State newspaper in which he said it better than I could. See for yourself at http://www.thestate.com/opinion/

Nikki Haley’s ’10 Dirty Words’

Rep. Nikki Haley just released her jobs plan. These 10 words do not appear in it:

1. Agriculture – our largest industry.
2. Tourism – our second largest industry.
3. Technology – the largest driver of economic growth in the past 20 years.
4. Computer (or Internet) – nifty little thing that is used for most every phase of economic activity.
5. Capital – as in venture capital that’s needed for start-ups, the creator of small business jobs.
6. Global – everything and everyone else in the world.
7. Exports – the stuff we sell in the global marketplace to make money.
8. International – as in international business, the way we make the money from the world.
9. Green – as in green jobs, 21st century jobs that save money and can’t be shipped overseas.
10. Rural – as in rural development, what 1 million of us (23.4 percent of South Carolinians) desperately need.

It’s a great 19th century jobs plan.

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