The "1-Percent Percent Doctrine" was Vice President Dick Cheney's notion that the United States must respond to a 1 percent chance of catastrophe as a certainty. Gov. Nikki Haley's own variation is that 1 percent is as good as 50 percent.
The governor repeatedly claimed that 50 percent of job applicants at the Savannah River Site tested for drugs failed to pass. In fact, less than 1 percent (0.6 percent) of new hires failed. Haley's exaggeration was more than 83 times greater than the truth.
"I've never felt like (sic) I had to back up what people tell me," explained the executive head of our state. "You assume that you're given good information. And now I'm learning through you guys that I have to be careful before I say something."
Too bad the unchecked misinformation drove her decision to connect drug tests to unemployment benefits. Like U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's recent "misstatement" on HPV vaccine, Haley's ignorance was profound and harmful.