Southern Discomfort

Buchanan's populism resonates with South Carolina's workers

There's the Chamber of Commerce version of South Carolina, and then there's the version that Brent Little sees as he tours the state repairing the air-conditioning at textile plants. The Chamber spouts glossy statistics about record economic growth and foreign investment. But just last summer, Little saw four textile mills on his route close down--and more shutdowns loom. "Everywhere you go, everybody's either running slow or scared they're going to shut down," says Little. "We pay politicians loads of money, and they just get us deeper in trouble."

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