Now that Altria's tar-and-nicotine-stained money have all but guaranteed that there will not be an increase in South Carolina's largely symbolic 7 cents-per-pack cigarette tax, the dark side of the Force will again ascend as Darth Dem John Land aims his light sabre at payday lending reform.
While consumer advocates have been pressing for substantial restrictions on the organized crime of lending unfortunate people money they cannot repay at interest rates that would make a Corleone blush, the Dark Lord has consistently resisted. Instead, he and his consigliere, ex-Democratic-Senator-turned-payday-lending-lobbyist Tommy Moore, huddled in smoke-filled back rooms (still unbelievably cheap to fill up) to plot to undo a bi-partisan effort to but the brakes on this evil practice. And guess what? It worked.