The ignorance among many North Carolinians about corporate influence in politics is surpassed only by the ignorance about economics, with Republican policy makers among the most deluded. Blinded by fantasies of American exceptionalism, GOTP lawmakers craft policies to cure problems that don't exist, while ignorance the elephants in our collective living room.
One of their most destructive fantasies is the level playing field.
Americans are much more likely than citizens of other nations to believe that they live in a meritocracy. But this self-image is a fantasy: as a report in The Times last week pointed out, America actually stands out as the advanced country in which it matters most who your parents were, the country in which those born on one of society’s lower rungs have the least chance of climbing to the top or even to the middle.
And if you ask why America is more class-bound in practice than the rest of the Western world, a large part of the reason is that our government falls down on the job of creating equal opportunity.
Here in North Carolina, Republicans are continuing to push the playing field off balance, with policies that favor wealth and corporate interest and punish middle class workers like teachers. This strategy, masterminded by Art Pope, intentionally preys on the poor, who are nothing more than dispensable pawns in a perverted business model.
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