In most cases, cultural and social trends in South Carolina reflect those generally found in the United States as a whole, but in some areas South Carolina appears to be outpacing the aggregate.

The family is hurting in South Carolina, in some ways to a greater degree than in other states. When families do not thrive, economic and societal problems erupt. These problems, as well as pressure from population growth, lead to larger state budgets and more public employees.

Solutions exist, and this document is a clarion call for a statewide search for those solutions.