From my new favorite newspaper, the Charleston, South Carolina, Post and Courier:
The pecans Felisa Rice collected off the side of a country road lined with tall trees and open fields will buy her what her college degree hasn’t: food, soap, electricity.
She quickly inspected the shells for cracks, tossed the damaged ones aside and slipped the others into a white plastic bag. Back in downtown Denmark, the pecans will sell for 85 or 95 cents a pound.
“We’ll pick till we get tired,” Rice said. “Sometimes you just got to do what you got to do, as long as it’s legal. We can make 20-something dollars just lollygagging around.”
Governor Haley’s administration says jobs are on the way, but you can see from the Post and Courier’s list that jobs in recent hiring announcements will make up for about half of what has been lost to major layoffs in the last couple of years.
In other news from South Carolina, AP reports that Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital firm created jobs in that state and New Hampshire, before offshoring operations, laying people off, and taking profits in the millions. That was back in the 1980s, which is ancient history in a way. But ancient history sometimes counts – the New York Times reports today that Mr. Romney continues making millions from the firm he left 13 years ago. Governor Haley endorsed Mr. Romney last week.