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Out of touch with what’s really important: Tillis’ “poll” is a sad commentary

Se. Thom Tillis [1]

Sen. Thom Tillis

There are obviously a lot of serious problems confronting North Carolina and the nation right now: existential environmental crises, a dishonest and incompetent president who has made unholy alliances with a hostile foreign dictator and domestic white supremacists, growing roadblocks to opportunity for people trying to enter (or stay in) the middle class, crumbling public infrastructure, rampant criminality on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms, rigged electoral maps that disenfranchise millions of people and the ongoing assault on our public education system — the list is a long one.

Tragically, none of these terrifically important issues appears to be on the radar of North Carolina’s junior senator, Thom Tillis. Check out the issues Tillis recently asked North Carolinians to vote on in a recent “poll” he distributed entitled “What are the top issues facing our nation?” [2]

  • Terrorism/National Security
  • Government Spending
  • Border Security/Immigration Reform
  • Healthcare
  • Tax Reform
  • Second Amendment

Now, in fairness, several of these issues are important — if not in the way that Tillis probably envisions. We desperately need genuine immigration reform that provides undocumented people with a path to citizenship. Republicans need to stop attacking the Affordable Care Act and start to make it work better. And, of course, the U.S. and North Carolina tax systems (and our inadequate public investments) continue to abet the rampant inequality that plagues the nation.

That said, any important American politician who even hints that spreading more guns into every nook and cranny of the country is more important than any the issues spelled out in the first paragraph of this post is either seriously delusional, guilty of ridiculous pandering or both. The least Tillis could do is give respondents the chance to list other issues of their choice.