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Found in a comment on Facebook.

Libertarians are just Republicans who want to smoke dope and get a legal hooker.

Carter Wrenn calls it right

The bill to end mandatory inspections of new cars was a Republicans’ dream. It was less regulation. Lower fees. Less government. It stopped government taking money from one group and giving it to another. It was practical. Made common sense. And even the press liked it.

And it never got out of committee. It was killed dead as a doornail by lobbyists for people who do car inspections.

As one retired legislator said, the legislature’s been re-wired.

More like hot-wired.

May their god awaken them

Found on Facebook, from my friend, Jeffrey Beam

This morning, May 9, 2012, I woke up less of a person in the eyes of my home state. A person who was already less so by the rule of some pre-existing laws, but now Constitutionally less ― by an amendment that contradicts the greatest precepts of our venerable national document ― the separation of Church and State, the individual’s inalienable rights, and protection from tyranny. Now I am a subject to what essentially is a “Christian” Sharia-like law. The very kind of law that the people who created and voted for it would rebel against, if they were subject to something like it.

David Work: GOP changes to state health plan shipping jobs out of state?

In the 2011 Session of the General Assembly several changes were made in the North Carolina State Health Plan. This is the state agency that provides health plan benefits for 680,000 state employees and 160,000 retirees. It is accurate to state that this office affects every state employee, their dependents and retirees. This includes prescription drug benefits of 10 million prescriptions per year with expenditures of more than $700 million.

What do you get when you put Republicans in charge of the NC economy?

From Applied Rationality:

Woody Allen had a great quip in Annie Hall. "A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark."

A similar thing applies in job growth, and what we've got on our hands in terms of North Carolina job growth is a dead shark.

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