I am confused on what people mean by "Regressive".. when you say regressive.. do you mean against social norms? Or regressive as in more taxes, more rules, laws etc? I wouldn't label NC as regressive.. certain things are liberal and certain things are conservative. SC for example is very lax on property taxes for Veterans,vehicle inspections, window tint, car insurance is cheaper etc.. Is this regressive? NC is very high on taxes, not many tax breaks, strict on inspections, car insurance, etc... is this regressive? When I hear the word Regressive.. I don't necessarily see it as a bad thing or a good thing. If the public wants lower taxes, less public assistance, pro-life, pro-gun etc.. let them have it... same as if the public wants gun bans, pro-choice, higher taxes, etc... is either one bad? no..it all depends on what YOU think is a social norm.. each person is different.