The state of
Carolina has been behind a bunch of other states that
have turned government control over to Republicans. But the Democratic party is pretty much
ideologically and intellectually bankrupt in the state, like it is in many
places and so in the 2012 elections the citizens of what was formerly a
progressive state gave Republicans complete control.
The results, catalogued in Businessweek, have been predictable.
Since January, Republicans in the General Assembly have introduced a series of bills that would curtail the ability of Democratic-led cities and urban counties to govern themselves. GOP legislators say Charlotte’s City Council can no longer be trusted to manage Charlotte Douglas International Airport, a major hub. They want an appointed regional authority to run it. “The
has become a multibillion-dollar effort,” says State Senator Bob Rucho, the
bill’s main sponsor. “We’re concerned and want to be sure you have the best
minds and most experienced individuals in place to move that forward to get the
most economic value derived from it.” Charlotte Airport
Republicans say of course that they believe in local government, that
should not be telling states what to do and states should not be telling
localities what to do. But in the cities
of Charlotte, Raleigh
cities have been doing things that Republicans don’t like, such as voting for
someone else. So as soon as they gained
power in the Tar Heel state Republicans abandoned any pretense of their
State lawmakers also nullified a lease that let
use state property for a park and enacted changes limiting cities’ ability to
annex land. Another bill would take away control of school buildings and
construction from the Wake County Board of Education, which oversees schools in
surrounding areas, and give it to county commissioners. “No one has come out to
say specifically ‘this is political revenge against Democratic strongholds,’ ” says David Swindell, who teaches
public policy at the Raleigh University
of North Carolina at . “But these changes amount to an
unprecedented attack on the state’s cities, which happen to be home to many of
the state’s Democrats.” Charlotte
So what’s next on the agenda? Why regressive tax reform of course.
Senate leader Phil Berger, an Eden Republican, said the forthcoming legislation would trim the personal income tax from the highest 7.75 percent rate to 4.5 percent over three years and cut the corporate income tax from the current 6.9 percent to 6 percent.
The combined local and state sales tax would fall from 6.75 percent to 6.5 percent, but it would apply to hundreds of services currently exempted, including prescription drugs. The food tax would increase from the current 2 percent to the full sales tax rate, more than a three-fold increase.
The impact of course, higher taxes for working families, lower taxes for wealthy families.
But a calculator sponsored by the N.C. Republican Party to promote the plan found that a family of four making $30,000 a year with standard deductions would pay $2,405 more in taxes each year. By contrast, a single taxpayer making $100,000 would get a $1,886 tax cut.
The Democratic party is partly to blame here, they have generally mediocre candidates and no real organization. So the only way to bring sanity back to
is to allow the Republicans to go ahead and implement their programs. Only full exposure like that has a chance of
teaching voters a lesson about what Republicans really stand for, and who they