NC budget: theater of the absurd

After opening the budget conference as a public meeting, the NC GOP participants predictably played to the cameras.

A day of scheduled budget negotiations got off to a rocky start Wednesday morning after House leaders insisted on hearing from outside experts on education spending.

Senate negotiators responded by walking out of the meeting. They returned an hour later, but the good feelings of compromises reached last week on Medicaid funding were long gone by then.

In another display of absurdity, the NC GOP -- those would be the folks who stomped all over the less fortunate citizens of our state with their original budget -- stole lines from the Democratic party.

He said the Senate budget, which would eliminate Medicaid eligibility for thousands, would shortchange the needy.

"Do we help those who cannot help themselves?" Dollar said. "I don't see those things as welfare. I see those as us treating our fellow ... citizens of our state in a humane way."

The story does not state if Nelson was struck by lightning at this point.


Who will blink first?

Both sides continue their theatrics, claiming they've offered substantial concessions.

Someone's going to have to cave. That could be the party who has the biggest motivation to get this session over and done with.

Perhaps someone who's really anxious to get out on the campaign trail. Someone who's got Karl Rove telling him he needs to raise more money and kiss more babies. Someone who's already shown that he's willing to throw North Carolinians under the bus to advance his own interests. Someone who has no qualms about abandoning his responsibilities as Speaker to campaign for higher office.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Senator Dan Blue

said it quite well:

Today’s budget negotiations bordered on the absurd; we saw theatrics, walk-outs, finger-pointing and heated rhetoric. Unfortunately, we didn’t see even a basic acknowledgement of the root cause of the education crisis we currently face: Governor McCrory, Thom Tillis, and Phil Berger’s decision last year to give away billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars in handouts to the wealthy, special interests, and out of state corporations. Nor did we see a plan to get us out of this crisis. Bluster alone won’t pay our teachers – it’s time these folks take a hard look at their priorities and get serious about fixing some of the damage they’ve done

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

All talk and no action

These idiots are worse than useless. They create unnecessary problems for all of us and then don't have a clue how to fix their own mess.

Berger on McCrory

The only good thing about Phil Berger is the smackdown he gave Pat McCrory today, saying that since McCrory had been unable to sustain any of his vetoes, he should get with the program and do what legislators want! Hilarious on Channel 12, WXII about 6:05.

Pangloss was wrong.

Poor Pat

Can't buy an ounce of respect.