#ncga: Charity calls out Tarte on his PORK

I thought it was unusual to see $200,000 tucked away in the recent budget agreement for “classroom supplies.”   Those are normally appropriations handled by local governing entities — city councils, county commissioners, and school boards. The budget agreement even cited a charity called DonorsChoose to handle the allocation of the funds. It was even more curious to see that the money was only earmarked for certain schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg system.  It turns out those schools happen to be all the public schools in Senator Jeff Tarte’s district.  Well, it turns out that DonorsChoose wasn’t willing to play along…

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#ncpol: Is it 2022 YET ???

It seems Richard Burr is not going to let Thom Tilli$$$ earn that suckweasel certification uncontested.  Burr is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but instead of showing some leadership he’s following Democrat Mark Warner around like a puppy on this Russian election meddling nonsense. The genius is even defending Warner in the wake of the revelations Warner was creeping around secretly communicating with the dossier crowd: […] An aide to Burr, the Republican chairman, told Fox News that Burr was aware of the “contact” Warner made with Steele’s representative but added, “I don’t believe he was aware of the…

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Rand is right.

It’s almost hard to believe senators from the alleged conservative party would talk about one of their more devoutly conservative colleagues like this: Rand Paul took a stand, consequences be damned. And Senate Republicans are livid about it. After driving the government into a brief shutdown over his demand for an amendment to cut government spending, the Kentucky Republican took friendly fire from a significant number of his Republican colleagues for delaying an inevitable passage vote in the Senate. They accused the senator of misusing the Senate’s time for no real reason other than to draw attention himself. […] *WHAT ????? …

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My government shut down, and I barely noticed.

If I hadn’t checked in with the drivebys this morning, I would have had no idea we were in the midst of a government shutdown. Of course, the drivebys want you to believe the country is paralyzed AND the GOP is to blame.   Never mind that the shutdown only affects federally-managed tourist attractions and a few other non-essential things. Yet the drivebys will find some families with kids crying about their vacation being ruined to put on camera. There are 535 folks up there whose main job is to put together a budget for the government to live by….

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The CONTINUING continuing resolution scam

Passing a budget is one of their top constitutionally-mandated jobs.  Yet, our Congress hasn’t been able to get it done in NINE YEARS.  Every so often, we’ll hear about these “continuing resolutions” that HAVE to be passed so the old ladies, babies and puppies don’t die (because, of course, of a “government shutdown.”) Congress KNOWS when these resolutions expire.  They KNOW there is a deadline approaching.  WHY do they keep waiting until the last minute? Getting started early on a budget allows time for debate on  things like cutting spending and down-sizing government.  Not a lot of fans of THAT…

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#ncga: Speaker Timmy likes the taste of ‘pork’, too.

Just like Axel Foley, I smell ‘pork.’   Here’s The Shelby Star, Speaker Timmy’s hometown paper:  Among the questioned earmarks included in the proposed state budget is a $5 million allotment for Cleveland Community College. Democrats and critics of the spending plan have zeroed in on the special initiatives statewide that stand to receive funding within it, blasting them as “pet projects” that were pushed through largely to gain favor for GOP legislators. But Republican House Speaker Tim Moore, whose home region in Cleveland County stands to receive some of the largest earmarks, said he stands by everything he and…

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#ncga: Being charitable with OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY

I’m a big fan of private citizens voluntarily investing their time, talents, and funds to do good for their fellow man.  (I’ve done my share via my involvement with various civic clubs and my church.)  It can feel quite good knowing that your sacrifice / contributions / sweat equity led to something good happening.   State senator Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) has apparently decided to be charitable on our behalf:  NC Sen. Jeff Tarte, the former mayor of Cornelius, has secured $200,000 in discretionary money  for Charlotte-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas. The funding was announced at a Big Day at…

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Government “savings” is NOT conservative

On June 1, John Hood — North Caroiina’s ”Mr. Conservative” — was proudly proclaiming that people know much better than government how to spend their own money.  (We agree with him on that point.) But, look at what Mr. Hood has to say on June 21: For-profit businesses aim to create profits or “rainy-day” funds for expansion down the road. The conservative mindset — the common sense take — is that government is a zero-sum game.  Establish budgets for basic needs and then appropriate funds to those needs based on past experience.  You fund your needs and end up with zero…

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#ncga: Republican ‘pork’? (Oink!)

The budget made it through the House basically on a party line vote.  (We exhibited our complete disgust and nausea about the agreement earlier.) The debate featured some of the biggest identity-swapping and role-reversal we’d seen since the HB2 kerfuffle: The N.C. House voted 77-40 Wednesday to approve the final compromise budget, despite objections from Democrats that the spending plan includes millions in “pork” projects for mostly Republican districts.[…] Remember the ‘good ol’ days’ when Democrats rammed that stuff through the chamber while Republicans howled in protest?   MORE: […] But House Democratic Leader Darren Jackson said the budget had…

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#ncga budget: See Timmy Spin. (Spin, Timmy, Spin.)

We’ve got a budget deal.  Despite the revelation earlier this year that we have a surplus of over a HALF BILLION DOLLARS, GOPe-controlled Jones Street is spending more and putting off tax cuts.   Here are the drive bys:  […]  Budget writers announced the compromise plan Monday. Votes are expected later this week in the Republican-controlled House and Senate, with the Senate voting as earlier as Tuesday. The plan would have to pass both chambers a second time if Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoes the plan; a veto override would require support from three-fifths of lawmakers present and voting. The…

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