With the end of the year in sight, the opportunities for patriotic capitalists to commercialize democracy have never been more alluring, especially here in North Carolina where the austerity agenda promises to enrich the few at the expense of the many. Think "transfer of wealth" on steroids, with hard-earned middle-class tax dollars flowing straight to the pockets of the Tarheel rich and infamous.
Leading the rapacious rush, of course, is governor-elect Art Pope, a man whose fortune was made selling cheap crap to poor people all across the state. From Dollar Stores to Maxways to Roses, the Pope family has perfected the art of class exploitation with a Machiavellian business model. He profits from the labor of our growing underclass, then redistributes those dollars to undermine public education, workers rights, environmental stewardship, and women's health. Having tried and failed to win public office the old-fashioned way, Mr. Pope recently purchased the entire infrastructure of North Carolina's state government. It must be said that the Pope Plan has established a new paradigm for success.
Which brings us to the point of this post: three exciting new business opportunities for North Carolina's investor class in the year ahead!
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