Yes, I know that term is a bit dated, you call them "Lesser Developed Countries" or LDCs within formal discourse.. something this blog will never be. Anyway, this is just playful ribbing towards our neighbors, the Palmetto state that displays some characteristics of LDCs.
- It is cheaper there - Items are generally cheaper below the border, most notably gas, and what self respecting North Carolinian doesn't stock up on gas while passing thru the state? Property taxes are cheaper, so many that work in the Charlotte area decide to live there. No different from when you are traveling through an LDC and you stock up on items that you found there for much cheaper like local foods and crafts.
- People go there to get things they cannot in NC - Most notably fireworks. And if you don't believe me, take a look at all the seasonal firework stores that pop up during the 4th of July season close to the border that cater specifically to North Carolinians. Similar to Americans flocking to Mexico for cheap prescription medication.
- Backwards with some social issues - The confederate flag still flies at the statehouse in Columbia. Now, I do understand that a confederate flag is not a symbol of racism and oppression - but of history and states' rights as well. However, are there other states that fly a confederate flag at the state capitol? No, and although Alabama's flag resembles the stars and bars and it is incorporated into Mississippi's.. they do not fly it at the capitol!
- Myrtle Beach
|The Confederate Flag flies at the SC state capitol since 2000.|
At least South Carolina boasts one of the most beautiful cities in America - Charleston, a charming southern city.