There is no telling what will be the cost to society from HB2. Some members of the N.C. [General] Assembly believe that the state is being negatively affected.
Flashback to the 1960s and 1970s, when civil rights legislation was debated nationally. After enactment, a countermovement in the 1970s and 1980s culminated in the election of Ronald Reagan. He campaigned against civil rights and made William Rehnquist chief justice of the Supreme Court.
The administration’s negative impact included anti-women’s rights, closure of government agencies (Office of Domestic Violence), putting polluters in charge of environmental programs and appointing James Watt as secretary of the interior. There were massive cuts to federal housing. President Reagan cut taxes to rich Americans.
Much like then, the poor are becoming poorer, and the rich getting richer. One current presidential candidate exploits demagoguery and his prior celebrity status. He never served in elected office, voted on a piece of legislation or made our country more secure.
— M. Heller