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Better Late Than Never to The ObamaCare Fight

Gov. Pat apparently has seen the light (or, more likely, the statewide polling or the whip counts in the state House)  and come  over from the dark side.  Until today, our chief executive had been surprisingly mute — and sometimes speaking rather halting or apprehensive  — on the idea of whether to implement key portions of the ObamaCare monstrosity.  Today, Gov. Pat put all doubts to rest and issued a…

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Anti-GOP march or Krispy Kreme PR stunt? You make the call.

  Well, The McClatchy Gang hit us with THIS headline about an event that took place in Raleigh on Saturday: Thousands march in Raleigh against GOP policies in NC legislature We also got this gem from McClatchy about a Saturday event in Raleigh: Thousands descend on downtown Raleigh for Krispy Kreme Challenge Hmmm. Quite a busy place on a Saturday. I see from the McClatchy propaganda that William “The Round…

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Ugly Power Grabs vs. PRETTY ONES

    Our local paper — the first and only lesbian-owned and -operated thrice weekly Nobel Prize-nominated community paper in The Carolinas — is beside itself about those dastardly Republicans in Raleigh. Specifically, the newsroom’s ire is aimed at legislation —  currently moving on Jones Street — to clear out several appointed state boards: The leadership of the N.C. General Assembly, newly reinforced by a Republican governor, appeared to show…

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The N&O’s John Frank: ObamaCare’s Gunga Din

Gunga Din was immortalized by Rudyard Kipling in literature — and later in movies.  He was a poor, hapless, shuffling, kowtowing, water-carrying man-servant to some British soldiers in India.   The character has become synonymous with people and institutions that dutifully ask how high when someone else screams “JUMP.” John Frank started off with such promise with The McClatchy Gang.  He recorded Boss Bev’s “suspend the elections” remarks that ignited a…

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SURPRISE !!!!! Tax increases hurt the economy and damage personal finances.

  We’ve said our peace in opposition to the NC General Assembly’s campaign to increase unemployment taxes for employers across the state.  We’ve received SOME criticism over that position — even from alleged conservatives — sniffing that the increase is a mere “pittance” that will not be a big deal for folks to deal with. Well, folks seem to forget that employers have to deal with rules, regulations and tax…

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Gov. Pat seeking to “slow down” / derail NCGA’s anti-ObamaCare efforts

          Gov. Pat and his troops are headed to battle stations over  the bill passed by the state Senate which blocks ObamaCare-related Medicaid expansion: Gov. Pat McCrory says he is worried that a bill the Senate approved Tuesday afternoon could hurt the state’s efforts to get a handle on Medicaid spending. […] Huh? Expanding Medicaid eligibility — spending MORE government dollars — will help get “a…

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N&O learns elections have consequences

This headline screams at us from today’s web site: Bill would give McCrory, legislature control of some state boards Wow.  If you’re just reading the headline, you might be thinking there is some sort of nefarious power grab going on. But if you actually read into the story, you get THIS: A bill began moving through the General Assembly on Tuesday that would sweep out the members of several important state boards…

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NC Senate to Gov. Pat: We have final word on ObamaCare. (And that word is NO.)

      The North Carolina Senate voted Monday to block expansion of Medicaid — a key component to the implementation of ObamaCare in NC. The move put the Republican majority in the General Assembly’s upper chamber at odds with the state’s new Republican governor.   Of course, The N&O “reported” on the matter with its usual bed-wetting lefty hysteria: […] Despite last-minute objections from Gov. Pat McCrory, the Republican-led state…

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Virginia is for (gas)Tax-Cutters

          Well, the NC General Assembly is seriously considering jacking up unemployment taxes across The Tar Heel State.  Meanwhile, The Commonwealth of Virginia is seriously contemplating eliminating its gasoline tax: […] As the debate over tax reform stalls in Washington, the action has moved to the states, where several Republican governors are looking for ways to not only cut taxes but eliminate some entirely. Kansas, Nebraska,…

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Memo to NCGA: More CUTS before MORE confiscation …

  Legislation to address the state’s debt to the federal government is moving its way along Jones Street.  Basically, the plan calls for: (1) cutting back the amount of payments to the unemployed, and (2) increasing the amount of unemployment tax that employers and workers have to pay.   So, once again, hardworking taxpayers are being asked to sacrifice, while state government is not sacrificing a thing.   Taking more…