Did you ever sit next to someone in school who copied your answers in a test? How did you feel? Trust that person again?

Santee Cooper doesn’t seem to be able to do its own homework. All the proposals on the table about the best way to handle the troubles of Santee Cooper. It has now reportedly reached a settlement on a lawsuit that has stuck in South Carolina’s craw.

But no one said anything about it, remember. Lots of details, given there were no comments per an order.

A Friday surprise.

Here’s the point. An important part of running a business, whether for profit or not, is the ability to analyze, understand, and lay out a plan for the future. A good plan. On your own. Something trustworthy and reflecting your pay and authority. Not after others have done the homework.

That is, unless you are not able to get to the right decision without help. Is that the case here?

Is it the case that the right action with Santee Cooper might happen after the answer is provided by others?

Is it the case that the right answer might happen only when there is an existential threat to motivate leadership? But not until then?

Legislators may have on their plate more than just a decision to keep, manage or sell. They may have to decide if they want decades ahead of tending the utility – making sure it behaves by watching it constantly, with suspicion – or whether their time should be used to legislate for the benefit of citizens.

Is Santee Cooper “that kid”? Could they pass the test on their own?