We’ve made the big time

Wow, as seemingly all my NC liberal friends on FB have noted, the New York Times actually had an editorial today on the embarrassment of our NC Republican government.  The shenanigans going on a few miles to the east of me truly are a national political story.  I’m sure there’s very little new here for readers of this blog, but if anybody says to you, “so, what’s the deal with North Carolina?” this editorial is a great summary.  To wit:

In January, after the election of Pat McCrory as governor, Republicans took control of both the executive and legislative branches for the first time since Reconstruction. Since then, state government has become a demolition derby, tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality in the courtroom and access to the ballot…

North Carolina was once considered a beacon of farsightedness in the South, an exception in a region of poor education, intolerance and tightfistedness. In a few short months, Republicans have begun to dismantle a reputation that took years to build.

Yep.  That’s the biggest shame of this.  As in all things in life it is so much easier to destroy than to create.  North Carolina had a great brand which has surely led to great benefit to the state over the years and all that hard work of investing in education, infrastructure, and forward-thinking industry is being rapidly undone.  I love this state and I plan on being buried in Cary, NC in another 40+ years or so, but I truly worry that our future trajectory is going to be so much worse than it otherwise would have been.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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