That's what the Dems and the elite media want you to believe.
But a look at the actual developments in South Carolina shows the tourism industry in that state is showing signs of boom, not bust.
One example: Carnival Cruise Lines just announced a series of new cruises originating from Charleston in 2010.
Carnival Cruise Lines will begin offering regular cruises from Charleston next spring, setting the first-ever year-round cruise schedule for the port.
Carnival will operate five-, six- and seven-day trips from the passenger terminal in downtown Charleston to the Bahamas and Key West, Fla., beginning May 18.
Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the S.C. State Ports Authority, joined representatives of the Charleston maritime community, the city of Charleston and the tourism industry in making the announcement.
You haven't heard about this because it doesn't fit the Dem/fringe media narrative.
By the way, the cruises from the Port of Charleston will be aboard the massive 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy, pictured below.
McClatchy readers haven't gotten the real story because McClatchy reporters have relied on DNC-inspired press releases (like this one) instead of reporting actual news.