The Asheville Citizen-Times had an opinion piece today about the actions this year by the N.C. General Assembly and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. The author, who makes no bones about his disappointment in the two, is Martin Dyckman, a Waynesville resident and former editor at Florida’s St. Petersburg Times.
From Dyckman’s piece:
I covered politics throughout a long career in journalism without ever seeing a legislative session as overwhelmingly radical as that of the current General Assembly.
It’s an orgy of meanness, prejudice, nastiness, cruelty, shortsightedness, selfishness, spite, arrogance and conscious brutality. Three examples, among many, are the cynical forfeiture of extended unemployment insurance, expansion of Medicaid and repeal of the earned income tax credit. Now, they’re hatching a tax scheme that will increase the burdens of the poor and middle class, give a windfall to the wealthy and impose more destructive cuts on the schools and colleges.
The pretext for all that is to make North Carolina more attractive for investment. That is, to put it politely, enough fertilizer to enrich the soil of a thousand farms. Business goes where it can find a skilled workforce and good transportation; tax rates are far down the list. The real object, one suspects, is simply to make North Carolina a trophy for wealthy freeloaders and right-wing ideologues, to serve as an example to be applied wherever else the Democratic Party is disorganized or complacent. Raising money to run for the U.S. Senate has something to do with it, too.
You can read Dyckman’s entire editorial here.