I’ve got to hand it to Team McCrory. Their PR shop has failed miserably in dealing with the drivebys. It appears that someone in that camp has decided that — if they can’t get anywhere with the existing media — a media outlet of their own needs to be created.
Jones + Blount is a news web site established to, purportedly, offer up the unvarnished truth on happenings in the executive and legislative branches of state government. It was established with the help of funding from McCrory administration allies and is run by the former press spokesman for McCrory’s DENR, and the former communications rep for Republican leadership in the General Assembly.
Over here, we have no problem with new entries to the blogosphere. The more the merrier. Though, we do have a true lack of respect for propagandists — drivebys or bloggers — who regurgitate what they’re told without questioning ANY OF IT.
What are we talking about? Here’s Exhibit A:
[….] According to McCrory’s office, the bonds include money for roads, education, public health, parks and the military. “Connect NC projects will benefit every community across the state while creating thousands of jobs along the way,” the governor’s office said in a release.
Whoa. Doesn’t this sound eerily like how Obama promoted his stimulus while he was trying to get Congress to pass it?
Oh, the folks at J+B get even,um, better:
[…] Support for Connect NC is gaining steam across the state and will be the focus today for the governor as he travels from Raleigh to Onslow County. The transportation bond program would make critical infrastructure investments, paying for 27 highway projects across the state in rural suburban and urban areas. The bond would require no tax increases and would preserve the state’s AAA bond rating. Seven municipalities in the Piedmont have passed resolutions calling for putting the bond on the ballot for November elections. […]
NO TAX INCREASE IS NEEDED? Seriously?
Let’s see. You borrow money because you supposedly do not have it in your budget. When you borrow money — someone out there is expecting to be paid back. If the money is not currently in your budget, and a balanced budget is required, where does the money to pay it all back come from?
Government has to figure out a way to squeeze more money out of us. They may not call it a tax increase. They may play games with property valuations. They may increase “fees,” on an assortment of services, but not taxes. Voting FOR a bond issue is basically granting government to take MORE MONEY out of your pocket. Now WHO is for THAT?
(Check out the latest action in New Hanover County, where commissioners approved higher property taxes to pay for voter-approved bonds. And in Pender County, the commissioners and the school board are at odds over whether or not to raise real estate taxes to pay for voter-approved school bonds.)
It’s interesting that the “conservative revolution” in Raleigh is not even talking about pay-as-you-go or trimming the budget and reallocating funds as options. (STOP robbing the highway fund.) Apparently, WE must sacrifice and bleed a little more before THEY DO.
And WHO is surprised that the municipalities are excited about this? They like spending other people’s money too. But with this bond issue, it passes and they get something while avoiding the nasty task of squeezing more money out of the citizenry. *In this case, that’ll be Pat’s job!*
Folks, remember that lying and taking pleasure in spending other people’s money are bipartisan sports in Raleigh and DC. We’ve already got a load of drivebys shilling for the big-government ruling class. In the long run, is it really good for North Carolina to have one more media outlet that, instead, shills for establishment Republicans with big-government tendencies?