WRAL.com has renewed its credentials as a member in good standing of the Puppetshow after trotting out Dr. Mike Walden to endorse Pat McCrory's economic agenda. For those unfamiliar with Walden, he's part of the Art Pope School of Agricultural Economics at NCSU, a reliable echo chamber for free-market fantasies, trickle down theories, and privatization schemes of every shape and size.
Even better, Walden has also jumped into the branding business, advising the Deputy Assistant Governor on how to position the state to compete. According to Waldon, North Carolina should brand itself as "the innovative state."
Sounds good, except for one minor detail. To be effective, branding has to have at least an element of truth. Then again, maybe Walden is right. Just look at all the innovations North Carolina is adopting:
- We're testing the most extreme voter suppression policies in the nation to see if we can legally rig state elections.
- With bottom-of-the-barrel teacher pay, we're looking to see just how far we can go in crushing public education.
- In an innovative partnership with Duke Energy, we're exploring the joys of arsenic poisoning in our rivers.
- We've cut taxes on the top 10% and raised them on everyone else, an innovative breakthrough in income redistribution.
Got more innovations? Bring 'em on. We're the Innovative State, ya'll. Yeeee-hah!