Posted in Economy Media NC legislature

#ncga: NC’s coastal policy being pushed further left by drive-bys, their state gov’t allies

We’ve provided extensive coverage of the political drama around the state Sea Level Rise (SLR) panel and its revision — mandated by the GOP majority in the legislature — of the projected sea level rise on the North Carolina coast.  Why is this revision so…

Posted in Congress Economy Obama

Obama. On EVERY FRICKIN’ CHANNEL …

I am sure many of you rushed home last night, cleared your schedule, and camped out in front of the TV awaiting breathlessly the latest pronouncements of our Dear Leader.  I am also sure that quite a few Americans turned on the TV and asked…

Posted in Congress Economy Media Richard Burr Thom Tillis Walter Jones

DC Republicans keep the bailout gravy train rolling

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  We had something pass Congress late last week called “The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act”.     How do you oppose something with a title like that? It’s kind of like the “God Bless America Law” or…

Posted in Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Monkey Business Report: Getting filthy rich on the public’s dime

I am usually not one to play the class warfare game.  If you work hard and make it big — GOOD for you. If you can negotiate yourself a contract with a killer payoff — GOOD for you.  However, I do have a problem with…

Posted in David Rouzer DENR Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

Loving those falling gas prices? Thank FRACKING.

It’s created a huge economic boom in the Dakotas.  Environmentalists want you to believe it will poison your children and kill your ability to have children. In any case, fracking is revolutionizing the energy industry.  It’s giving our economy a much needed boost. Many are…

Posted in Economy ObamaCare Politics

Expanding Medicaid a Job Creator? (Yeah, just like setting house fires and robbing ABC stores.)

We’ve got one of the most generous Medicaid programs in the country.  Some health care professional acquaintances of mine tell me that providers in surrounding states are sending medicaid patients there into our state because the benefits are so much better.  North Carolina covers significantly…

Posted in Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Repeat after me: Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money … (C’mon! Everybody!)

The drumbeat continues.  Local governments and their lobbyists are gung-ho on the idea of digging deeper into our already ravaged wallets.  They’ve been spinning us for days now about how the mean ol’ GOP in Raleigh has hurt them financially.  I’m not hearing a peep…

Posted in Economy Media NC legislature Politics

Why cut spending when you can just holler for Mo’ Money?

We thought we saw the shape of things to come in that Revenue Laws Committee meeting on Jones Street earlier this week. The meeting featured a presentation from the UNC School of Government bemoaning how tough things are financially for local governments.  It clearly looked…

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The $1T lame-duck sellout

[Methinks this graphic will be getting a lot of work during the upcoming congressional session.] Voters just gave Republicans one hell of a mandate: Stop Obama. Stop ObamaCare. Stop Amnesty. Stop it All.  What did Republican leaders do?  They struck a deal that pretty much…

Posted in Congress Economy Media Politics Walter Jones

Walter Jones: Boehner & co. “screwing over the American people” with spending bill

He’s added his name to a letter seeking a short-term government funding bill that defunds any agency that would facilitate amnesty. Now, congressman Walter Jones is criticizing his caucus’s leadership for their tactics in pushing the continuing resolution / omnibus spending bill meant to head…