#ncga: Look who’s back in town!

crowd-business-peopleThey’re already making a mess in DC.  And just as we’re coming down from the trauma of THEIR return, the Raleigh crowd is deciding to put in an appearance at our expense.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the honorables — and, in some cases, we are using that term veeeeeeeerrrrrry loosely — are back in town ready to run your life and spend your money. 

Things will be a little different this time.  Yes, Mr. Apodaca is still prowling the Senate chamber in search of fresh meat.  On the House side, Thom Tillis has moved on to bigger shakedown and influence peddling opportunities in our nation’s capital.  But Tim Moore — last session’s Rules chairman — is ready to fill the seat that the gentleman from Cornelius Huntersville Florida Tennessee Virginia kept warm over the last few years.  Moore is talking a good game about making the lower chamber a little more democratic.  But folks with their long-term political memories intact remember all too well that Moore enjoyed far too much those intimate closed-door, smoke-filled room get-togethers with Tillis and his cronies “fixing” legislation. 

The drive-bys and — surprise, surprise — the Democrats are all preaching the importance of moderation for the GOP majority on Jones Street.  *And we all know how those folks have the best interests of the GOP at heart.*  Obviously, we want the opposite of what the drive-bys want.  If you’re not scaring the living hell out of Mark Binker and Chris Fitzsimon, you are NOT doing your job. 1n2PFS.AuSt.156

Medicaid.  Gov. Pat and newly-minted GOP caucus member Paul Tine favor expanding Medicaid.  That means spending more money that we don’t have.  Medicaid is already a money-bleeding mess.  In North Carolina, we have some of the nation’s most generous Medicaid offerings.  It’s well-known in health care provider circles that providers outside North Carolina are shipping their Medicaid patients to North Carolina facilities — because we PAY FOR MORE STUFF.

Scale Medicaid back to solely what the feds require you to cover.  Couple that with a serious search for ways to cut the cost of health care delivery in our state.  (I have a friend in private practice who says he employs TWO ladies whose sole job is to spend all day complying with government regulations.  No patient care.  No customer service.  Just bureaucratic nonsense.) 

“Expanding Medlegisicaid” is a sneaky way of saying “Implementing ObamaCare.”  The statists desire to have us all fat and dependent on the state.  THAT is what expanded medicaid will make us.  Our health care system — if the statists have their way — will soon have all the efficiency and compassion of the British National Health System and the DMV.  Don’t even think about putting more money toward this. 

Transportation. We’re getting hit with this spin about how we have all of these transportation needs and no money to pay for it.  Yet, we have a gas tax in place supposedly to pay for road projects.  That tax is currently the highest in the southeastern US.  And they say we have no money. 

Cut the gas tax rate.  The gas price is dropping like a rock.  People will be buying more gas than they have in nearly a decade.  A lower rate will lower the price and lead to higher demand.  More gas will be sold and, in the end, more revenue will be collected.  Svcuzeddietop with the privacy-invading, wallet-gouging new ideas like toll roads and HOT lanes.  Why should we be punished because you’ve done a poor job managing OUR MONEY?

Economic Development. It appears Gov. Pat and Speaker Moore are on the same page about handing out corporate welfare.  We’ve had way too many cases lately of businesses coming into the state, taking a lot of our money, and then leaving.  Charlotte recently got passed over by Mercedes, which was looking for a new location for their headquarters.  Some have blamed that snub on not enough goodies.  I’m hearing that this case — and other similar snubs — has more to do with the complicated nature of the state’s business tax structure.  It’s much more of a complex hassle than what many of our neighbors employ.  Let’s have some across the board tax reform.  Lower tax rates will encourage more people to take a gamble on the Tar Heel State.  

In the end, we want you folks on Jones Street to remember why we gave you a majority.  We want government as far removed from our lives as possible. Fix our roads and keep the bad guys away from our property and our families.  Give us more opportunities to make choices with our own money that make the most sense for US and OUR FAMILIES. 

6 thoughts on “#ncga: Look who’s back in town!

  1. Paul Tine is an Obama Democrat who was a major contributor to Obama’s campaign. No wonder he supports the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

    But a governor elected as a Republican is another matter entirely. That would not go down well with GOP voters. It looks like his liberal DHHS Secretary Alona Wos is a very bad influence there.

  2. We sent you politicians to Raleigh to ~

    1) Do ONLY what the Constitution specifically permits.

    2) Kill corporate welfare.

    3) Cut spending to the bone.

    4) Refuse to expand Medicaid or implement Obamacare.

    5) Cut taxes.

    Tattoo this on your palms, people, so you can remember why you’re there.

  3. Increasing Medicaid is a big big mistake. The few people that I know due to disability have such low I.Q.’s that they don’t understand they are bleeding the system. Our Medicare benefits for those that paid into the system will suffer. The more control we give our elected officials the less there will be to go around. More people are traveling because of lower gas prices and since this tax is based on per gallon they should have enough funds. I have come to the conclusion that the majority of our elected officials are clueless when it comes to following a budget whether it be for their home or the state. God help us.

    1. What’s especially frustrating about the Expand Medicaid debate is that there should be no debate. It’s just not affordable.

      1. One Medicaid reform I would like to see is to give counties options on anything above the basic federal requirement. Counties have to shoulder part of the cost, and it is a heavy burden to them. They ought to be able to junk the Cadillac Medicaid plans and go with a stripped down Ford version.

        1. Whole states should outright refuse to implement any part of Obama’s unconstitutional, radical leftist agenda.

          Fine idea for our Counties, Raphael. The GOP is accepting recommendations for its Platform, right now. If you’re interested, you can submit it on the required form (get it from your County GOP Chairman). The Chairman then submits your recommendation for consideration.

          Would like to see your idea (in detail) included in that Platform.

          To read the 2014 NCGOP Platform, go here:
          http://ncgop11.org/index.php/our-party/2014-ncgop-platform?tmpl=component&print=1&page=

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