Off the reservation

hugThat’s right.  You read it correctly.  Leftist strategist Thomas Mills is praising the work of new Republican speaker Tim Moore:

Speaker Tim Moore is off to an impressive start. In less than two months, he’s passed bipartisan legislation and struck a tone remarkably different than his predecessor. He may prove to be the balance that keeps the Senate’s most extreme impulses in check while providing a bridge between the Senate and Gov. Pat McCrory.

When Moore took the Speaker’s gavel, he said that Republicans need to show that they can govern. He’s right. After almost four years of tearing down and remaking state government, it’s time to make it work. […] 

Again, those words come from a guy paid to elect Democrats.   I don’t remember all of this camaraderie when Jim Black, Liston Ramsey, et al. were in charge. moore1

Senate Finance chairman Bob Rucho has an interesting outlook on the role of government that sounds like something you’d expect from David Price, Harry Reid, or Barry Obama:

Still, some taxpayers might have higher tax bills because they made more money in 2014, Rucho said. Others might have benefited from tax deductions and credits that have been eliminated.rucho

“If you have a special tax preference, that means everybody else has to pay a higher tax rate to pay for your special tax preference,” he said. “We’re trying to get out of that by having government not pick winners and losers, but to treat everyone the same.”[…] 

“Paying” for your special tax preference? Republicans USED to talk in terms of cutting spending AND taxes.  Now, we’ve got people like Rucho suggesting that tax cuts and tax credits are somehow wrongfully short-changing the bureaucracy.  (Things change when your hands are the ones managing the cash box. )

We also have had House Appropriations chairman Nelson Dollar TRYING to sound like he actually understands business, capitalism, economics and stuff like that:

[…] This is a very interesting and compelling debate that every state legislature wrestles with.  For the purpose of this e-mail I will not debate the points made by Rick and Becki, but I do believe it is important for us to realize the debate on all sides seems to be missing a key element – “a Market.”  As a state we can impact tadollarx rates, regulations and infrastructure, but no business big or small and especially small businesses can be created or survive for long if there is no substantial market for their products/services.  For some reason this gets lost in the debate.  You have to have customers in need of the product or service in order to grow.   As you know, the theory behind recruiting a major auto manufacturer is all the myriad of ancillary products & services required – the closest example is the BMW plant in upstate South Carolina with all of its spin offs, suppliers, etc.  

Whether for or against incentives or somewhere in between, we do need to be able to explore and explain how doing business in North Carolina puts an enterprise in the best position to market their products and services. […] 

Is the GOP seriously NOW in the business of using government power to “create” markets for goods and services?  The party USED to talk about cutting back the regulatory overgrowth and thereby freeing up the ingenuity and creativity of private individuals to create and sell new services and products. What does handing out taxpayer money to large industries — that will fold up and leave you for someone else who offers ONE MORE DOLLAR — offer toward accomplishing that end? 


13 thoughts on “Off the reservation

  1. When Moore selected a Chapel Hill liberal who has a history of voting in Democrat primaries as his Chief of Staff, I knew we were in trouble. Now he is being praised by a major liberal Democrat political operative.

    We need Republican leaders who know how to actually be Republicans, you know, by following the principles laid out in the GOP platforms.

    1. “We need Republican leaders . . . following the principles laid out in the GOP platforms.”

      There are some real conservative Republican politicians like Representative Louis Gohmert (R) TX, who are standing up for us. But, the Establishment is coming after twelve of them, hard and fast, with $400,000 in attack ads.

      So, Rep. Gohmert has started a new PAC called

      “It’s a PAC that helps Conservatives who are willing to stand up for what we promise we would do when we got elected,” Gohmert said, “But we need people’s help. We’ve got the establishment after us. . . There are Republicans across the country, they’re the good guys. And they’re just so frustrated that they keep sending people to Washington and they can’t believe that they get there and are not doing what they promised.”

      In this article, Gohmert also gives some details of the DHS funding battle and talks about the importance of INTERNET freedom.


    2. Rather than Right Wing fighters OR Left Wing fighters we just need Americans who want the best for the country and this state. Maybe we should try that for a change.

      1. Everybody is going to disagree on what is ”the best for the country”. The ultimate decision on what policies meet that standard is the voters who chose to elect candidates whose principles they feel will be best for the country and state. It is a matter of basic integrity for a politician to be up front with the voters by sticking to the principles that the voters approved by electing them. Unfortunately, some politicians are not very good at that.

        1. And it appears to me that the extreme Left AND the extreme Right are the ones who have that tendency.

          1. Well, if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything, as the old sayings goes, and what most of those in the mushy middle fall for is being go-fers for the special interests.

          2. Those is the mushy middle are there because they have no philosophical compass. They are opportunists, and they are the ones most in the pockets of the special interests. When it comes to intergrity, I find that liberals tend to have a lot more of it, normally, than the mushy middle.

          3. Actually, the first time I heard someone express that concept was a past vice chairman of the state Democrat Party who lived in the same county I did at the time and who I talked politics with from time to time. He had nothing but distain for what he called the ”go along / get along” politicians who seemed to have no firm political convictions and tended to slither all over the political spectrum for what advanced their interests at any given point in time.. He said that in his experience, the politicians who held a firm set of political principals, whether on the left or right tended to be more honest and principled.

            That was over three decades ago, and he had a whole lot more political experience then than I did, but I have since found him to be right on the money on that observation. The politicians you have to watch closest are those opportunists in the mushy middle. They tend to be the least trustworthy out there.

  2. I did not interpret Sen. Rucho’s quote the same way when I read the original source story earlier. I could be wrong, but I read Sen. Rucho’s comments as arguing against reinstating the medical payment tax credit (and other preferential credits) favored by older constituents because that special “tax preference” then has to be “paid” for by others due to less revenue – not in the sense you’re referring to when proponents of big government bemoan the fact that the state receives less revenue due to these credits and other tax breaks.

  3. The Gas Tax, and how it was rolled out, tells me everything I need to know about the Beltline Gang. Don’t relieve yourself on my shoes, an tell me it’s much needed rain.

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