The NC GOP, champions of making the wealthy wealthier and the poor poorer, seem to have a different viewpoint when it comes to the collective wealth of cities and counties.
A redistribution of local sales tax revenue to benefit poor counties is on the agenda for legislative leaders preparing for the session that begins in January.
Republicans from both chambers are talking about changing the distribution formula to funnel more to rural areas. No one offered specifics, but such a shift has the potential to pit urban counties against rural.
Now, this just might be a good idea. Reasonable arguments exist on both sides of this debate -- some believe that basic economic fairness requires rural areas to get a bigger slice of the pie; others note that it's fair to distribute most of the revenue back to the places responsible for generating it.
What's odd, though, is the Republicans' outright hypocrisy. While arguing that we ought to help out disadvantaged counties, they're bragging about how they slashed benefits and increased taxes on the poor and middle class of our state so that Art Pope and his friends could get a tax cut. And while ridiculing Obama and them other liberals for "wealth redistribution", they're eager to redistribute wealth here in North Carolina according to their own criteria.
It's pretty rare for any idea to be able to overcome the GOP's staunch belief in government as a tool of the wealthy. But apparently, the NC GOP's war on cities is one of the things that can.