Under the Dome

Norquist champions North Carolina-Wisconsin comparisons

In a new op-ed, Grover Norquist and Patrick Gleason at Americans for Tax Reform suggest comparisons between the uprising in North Carolina and those two years ago in Wisconsin is a good thing for Republicans.

"North Carolina Republicans should only hope their situation plays out similarly to what transpired in the Badger State. Since Walker signed these reforms, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped from 7.6 percent to 7 percent — below the national average. Walker has taken the $3.6 billion deficit that his Democratic predecessor left him and turned it into a $419 million surplus — thanks in no small part to the reforms that labor unions, MSNBC and liberal college students decried.

"Two years later, it is clear that not only were Walker’s reforms good policy, they were good politics. Walker’s approval rating was at 43 percent by the time he signed the bill. But by May of this year, Walker’s approvals had risen to 51 percent, according to a Marquette University Poll. ...Liberal pundits will try to portray what is happening in North Carolina as dysfunction. But it is the opposite."

Read the entire piece published by Reuters here.

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