Art Pope: ConnectNC is “fiscally conservative”

omgwtfIs he speaking in a relative sense?  “Fiscally conservative” in comparison to what?  The federal government?  The act of simply flushing cash down the toilet?

 (*How much did he have to drink before granting this interview?*) 

This is mind-blowing stuff coming from one of the founding fathers of The North Carolina Libertarian Party and the so-called “George Soros of The Right.”

But HERE is what he told WUNC: 

[…] Supporters say money raised through the sale of bonds will pay for long-nartpopeeeded projects the state will benefit from over decades. “It is the fiscally conservative thing to do,” says Art Pope, an influential Republican Raleigh businessman and former state budget director. “You would not spend all your money in one check buying your home. You take out a mortgage.” […]

Um, NOOOOOOOOOOO.  The last time I checked, you end up shelling out MORE for a mortgage or a car loan than you do by simply paying upfront. (That interest thing, you know.) If you’ve got the money, you pay up front.  

That’s what any sensible person — a fiscal conservative, for instance — would advise.  Fiscal conservatism involves wise choices with money.  Not spending more than what is reasonable or necessary to get what you want or need.

 keynesian-fireFiscal conservatism involves paying-as-you-go.  Spending money you actually have, ConnectNC ain’t it. 

ConnectNC wants us to take on $2 billion in debt and pay it back, with interest, over 20 years.   We’ve got a roughly $400 billion surplus in the budget right now.  If we’re careful about our state spending, we can manage that surplus to pay off the $2 billion price-tag over FIVE YEARS.  

We’ve also got a billion-dollar “rainy-day” fund sitting in the budget.  If these ConnectNC projects are really all that necessary, it sounds like a perfect time to tap into that cash.

ConnectNC is a scam.  The marketing campaign has been filled with lies, subterfuge, and skullduggery at every turn.  it’s a payoff to politically-connected insiders. scam WITH OUR MONEY. 

ConnectNC is playing us for fools.  It’s against everything conservatism has ever stood for.  It’s against what The Tea Party has fought for.  It’s contradictory to the reasons we turned state government over to the GOP in 2010 and 2012.

Kill this thing at the polls.  Just say NO.

Here’s some great information on the ConnectNC bond issue to educate you before you go to the polls.

Shooting this thing down sends a message to the governing class in Raleigh that (1) WE are still in charge, and (2) THEY can go down in flames too on future ballots (if they are not careful).