I am happy for Gov. Nikki Haley and for our state. She will get to take the next step up the party ladder, and we will get new leadership.
Her term as governor has resolved little, fixed nothing and failed to make any significant progress for our state. We were at or near the bottom of the list of nearly every positive metric and near the top of every negative list, and so we now remain, due in large part to poor decisions made by her and her predecessors. She did, however, make great decisions for the promotion of her personal ambitions.
Our state is reeling from natural disasters, widespread poverty, pervasive corruption and crumbling infrastructure. We can hope that our new governor will be more effective or, at least, will have more interest in actually addressing real problems. Perhaps he will even subordinate his political ambitions to the good of our state. That would be a refreshing change.
Haley lacks empathy, the diplomatic credentials and the foreign policy experience that one would expect, but that seems to be the hallmark of our president-elect’s appointments. We are entering treacherous and dangerous times. Perhaps in the future our voters will make better choices, but I have little hope of that.