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In this week’s Prosperity Watch, we analyze State Center for Health Statistics data that shows how North Carolina is still experiencing a persistent racial disparity between the life expectancy rates of white populations and those of black populations. Life expectancy serves as an important indicator of overall quality of life.

You have to hand it to modern conservatives — their cynical plan to “drown government in the bathtub” is succeeding. It works like this:

Yell and scream that government spending is “out of control” and then use the manufactured confusion and anger that results to justify big tax and spending cuts. Then, when the quality of government services plummet as a result of the cuts, yell and scream that government is inherently inefficient, wasteful and incompetent and restart the whole vicious cycle.

The saddest thing about all of this is that the underlying premise (a premise frequently parroted by well-meaning, if inattentive progressives) is all wet. Government spending in North Carolina is quite demonstrably not out of control now and has not been out of control anytime recently.

As Ed McLenghan’s post just below explains, it’s all there in the numbers.

Thirteen years after the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement, North Carolina ranks just 21st in the nation in supporting programs to prevent young people from smoking and helping adult smokers quit.

The report released Wednesday by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Heart Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and several other public health organizations notes that North Carolina took a big step backward this year by abolishing the Health and Wellness Trust Fund.

The HWTF previously received 25 percent of the state’s tobacco settlement funds and provided dedicated funding for the state’s tobacco prevention and cessation program.

The report’s other key findings for North Carolina include: Read More