Sunday, February 17, 2013
North Carolina and "The Red State Model"
The outlines of a Republican economy? Few taxes, especially on the rich. The tax burden repositioned (via sales taxes) onto the poor and middle class. Indigents off welfare! Strangle Medicaid! "Root, hog, or die." Regulations scuttled, especially the environmental variety, because they impede businesses. No more money for colleges and universities. They don't teach Republican values. Make sure no two workers anywhere will ever get together and demand better pay, or better working conditions. Roll the clock back a dozen decades for women. Abortion is murder, and "equal rights" was just a Communist plot to divide Americans.
Recently, at a local meeting of Alzheimer's care-givers about to be cut out of state support by the new Republican austerity, the representative of Senator Burr suggested that Alzheimer's patients thrown out of the safety net can go to homeless shelters.
That's their vision. That's their plan. That's their level of understanding.
Lynn Parramore, a North Carolina native, explains it all, and fingers the people behind it, in her essay, "The GOP Plan to Flush Your State's Economy Down the Toilet." If you don't know what's transpiring around you in North Carolina, you might want to find out.