I believe the family is the most basic and the most vital of all human institutions. It is what strengthens us as individuals and bonds us as a society. The break-down of the family over the last several generations has caused innumerable problems resulting in astounding costs to lives, society and government coffers. Our government's role should be to enact policies that encourage and strengthen families and to provide incentives that encourage the dignity of responsibility. I have been privileged to financially support and to be a Board member of the Palmetto Family Council. The Palmetto Family Council is a non-profit, faith-based educational foundation committed to "defending and strengthening South Carolina families." As a husband and father, I cannot think of a more worthy goal.