The Prius-driving, low-T, latte-sipping NPR-swooning lefty-snobs at The Charlotte Observer, one of McClatchy’s many failing media holdings in The Carolinas, are aghast that this state might become more like — *GASP* — Alabama.
How are we accomplishing this dastardly deed? By cutting taxes, the really really really smart people in The Observer newsroom tell us. Actually, by cutting taxes, we’re becoming less like Alabama. According to The Tax Foundation, Alabama is ranked 25th out of 50 in terms of average state and local sales tax rates. (North Carolina is #6.)
The American Legislative Exchange Council rated the states according to their projected 2014 outlook. Alabama came in at #20. North Carolina came in at 6th place. Area Development Online ranked the states in terms of being the best places to do business. Alabama came in at #4, and North Carolina was at #5. (So, there’s one case where we’d want to be more like Alabama.)
Alabama is becoming a national and world power in automobile manufacturing. South Carolina landed BMW. (And — um — I don’t think we have anybody in that line of work.)
Maybe — to please the lefty pointy heads at Charlotte’s Low-T embassy — we should be more like The Queen City. Charlotte is regularly ranked as the highest taxed locality in the state. It’s noted for its crime and its traffic congestion. They spend a lot of money on things like light rail that (1) no one uses and (2) really sock it to the taxpayers. Their last city manager described the city as being “in decline.” Charlotte has been doing everything the Observer editorial board wants, and it is in decline. Imagine that!
It appears the arrogant lefty Yankee transplants are moving on to Alabama, since their attack — or attacks — on Mississippi went soooo well. Ever notice how these high-tax, hyper-bureaucratized localities the lefties love to rave about (DC, NYC, L.A.) are actually some of the honestly least attractive places to live?
This is really all about trying to beat down McCrory and Tillis. If we’re really going to get on a soapbox about legislative performance doing economic damage, what about the U.S. Senate — where Kay Hagan lives and works?