North Carolina’s very own ‘Alex P. Keaton’ — and living, breathing caricature of conservatism — John Hood never ceases to amaze. He’s about my age, can snootily quote 14th century central European libertarian philosophers.. I understand he’s strutting around Raleigh like a bantam rooster shaking people down to adhere to the McCrory party line — using his sugar daddy Art Pope’s money as leverage.
Once again, John was the token conservative on this weekend’s NC Spin. He got the first question from guest moderator Doug Raymond — about a projected $200 million surplus in the state budget and how legislators might respond to it — and decided to lecture Raymond, his fellow panelists, and the viewers:
“The term surplus, Doug, needs a modifier. People often just use ‘surplus.’ What they mean by the $200 million dollars is actually a revenue surplus. This is how much more revenue is being collected than has been projected. That’s not the budget surplus.”[…]
WTF? He’s calling out Raymond, and the people of North Carolina, for allegedly misusing a word, but uses in the same way. But, be still my heart, there was MORE:
[…] “The budget surplus includes money that wasn’t spent so when you put it all together at the end of the fiscal year you’ll end up with a budget surplus about $600 million give or take. For next year’s budget, which they will be working on, significant resources will be available. Revenue is up about six percent, but spending is only one percent higher.”[…]
I waited for all this bloviating to eventually come around to a call for giving people some of their money back. Government is not a for-profit enterprise. It’s supposed to be a zero-sum game. But Hood left the window open for using that, um, SURPLUS to spend even more money.
It’s tough for MISTER CONSERVATIVE to toe the line on less government and less spending when his sugar daddy’s candidate is proposing a state budget that spends even more than last year.