small businesses

The “Nikki detente” talks

The new leader of the South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus, Nikki Setzler, has a reputation as a respected problem-solver who works well across party lines.  This Wednesday he will be having breakfast with the state’s Republican Governor, Nikki Haley (no relationJ), for a bipartisan discussion on improving the funding formula…

Funding a resource for small business

It would be nice to believe that with Rick Perry dropping out of the GOP primary last week that the idea he floated earlier this month in South Carolina of killing off the Small Business Administration would itself be killed off.  But that’s not going to happen. There are still…

Real job creators getting it done

The lead story for the 7 AM East coast viewers of the Today Show (NBC) this morning was a report by Carl Quintanilla of CNBC.  Quintanilla’s gave an analysis of the good economic news that unemployment in December was down 11% from the previous year and the four week average…

Zuccotti Park

I had the opportunity to visit Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan last Thursday.  No, I didn’t see Jackson Brown play for the Occupy Wall Street protestors and on-lookers.  But I did meet Jesse La Greca who has become a media voice for the movement.  This marks my fourth visit to…

Wake up, America, or lose the trade war

Below are some excerpts from an opinion editorial by former South Carolina U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings (1966-2005) that ran in today’s Charleston Post and Courier.  Never one to mince words, Mr. Hollings lays the blame for our economic condition on the “free traders”.  In his opinion, resurrecting our country’s manufacturing is the…

When is a contradiction not a contradiction?

Earlier this week I testified at the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commission public hearing. The issue was whether the Commission should change its regulations to allow an insurance company to cancel a workers’ compensation policy after only 10 days notice of non-payment of premium or leave it at the present 30…