Is South Carolina winning? Not the football team, our state.
We know who is winning our athletic competitions. We pay attention to the scores. Six points for a touchdown. Three points for a field goal. It’s the same for everybody. But without a common core of rules and measures, the score would be meaningless.
Scores tell us if we are winning or losing, and because South Carolina is competing with other states, winning or losing against the competition determines our continuing or declining quality of life.
Scores are kept on everything that affects our lives, and employers and skilled workers base their decision to join South Carolina in part on such comparable measures as economic outlook, violent crime, education achievement, highway safety, violence against women, infant mortality and poverty, just to mention a few. South Carolina has a truly dismal ranking on these issues.
South Carolina has a lot to offer, but positives are offset by the negatives. Great cheerleaders won’t win ballgames.
We are measured by the same scoring system as our competitors, and in many areas we are losing badly. We have our work cut out for us.