Nichol neatly sums up legislative session in scathing op-ed

Gene NicholWhen it comes to eloquently assailing North Carolina’s far right political leadership for its shortsighted and mean-spirited policies, no one does it better than Gene Nichol. The UNC law professor is on his game this morning with an op-ed in Raleigh’s News & Observer entitled “An NC tax plan that’s an exercise in villainy.”

As Nichol notes, the decision to further shift the responsibility for funding government from the rich to the poor by raising sales taxes and cutting income taxes is as blatant as it is outrageous.

This section stands out in particular:

“I’ll be the first to concede that the governor and the General Assembly mean to do a lot. They want to make it harder for black people to vote. They want to stop women from controlling their bodies. They want to shame and stigmatize lesbians and gay men. They want to disparage and marginalize immigrants. They want to dismantle the public schools. They want to eliminate environmental regulation. They want to foster purchased elections. They want to lay low their political opponents. The list is long. They’re ambitious sorts.

But their true sweet spot, their principal raison d’etre, the campaign to which they return enthusiastically in each succeeding session, is taking money and benefits from the impoverished in order to give more to, and to demand less from, the wealthy. They seemingly believe the main thing wrong with North Carolina is that those at the bottom have too much and those at the top don’t have enough. They have converted our government to an exercise in villainy….

And this part too:

The McCrory era will be adjudged a dark and shameful chapter in North Carolina history – a last gasp effort to cling to legacies of privilege and subordination, to deny the promises of democracy and dignity.”

Click here to read the entire essay.


  1. Jack van Dijk

    September 25, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Spot on Mr. Nichol.

  2. Unaffiliated Voter

    September 25, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    What an effin LIAR…he and his wife FLEECE the NC TAXPAYERS over $600K per year between them and they are absolute leftwing loons…pathetic, sickening people like so many Cheater Hill
    malcontents…they should be embarrassed to walk the streets.

  3. Harold Kincaid

    September 26, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Mr. Nichol. Have you ever started a business? Paid a payroll? Have you ever worked in the free market economy that provides you and your family with so much, at taxpayers expense?? Better yet, have you or your so called “poverty center” ever helped anyone actually escape from poverty? The policies you espouse are the very policies that keep the poor down and dependent. How can you look at yourself in the mirror with the destruction that progressive policies have caused?

  4. Greg Dail

    September 27, 2015 at 5:50 am

    That’s for posting. NOBODY reads the N&O anymore.

  5. Chip Wood

    September 28, 2015 at 9:34 am

    To all lefties, we tried your way for many years. Similar problems existed with late budgets, last minute arguments of state employee raises,…

    Yet, now-we have more money in our pockets thanks to the realization that THE MONEY IS THE TAXPAYER”S MONEY-NOT POLITICIAN”S MONEY!!!

    I am sick of the liberal think tanks that drain NC funds from real programs that may help those less fortunate. The Poverty Center is much like the Southern Environmental crowd-$1000 suits and $5.00 coffees pontificating about how bad conservatives are for NC!!

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