Tax cuts hurt education

"Duh!", you say...of course tax cuts hurt education. Not according to the NC GOP, of course, and they're doing their best to make sure that everyone hears their propaganda. But one voice recently spoke truth to power.

John Tate of Charlotte ended his 12 years on the State Board of Education on Thursday with a speech criticizing state tax cuts he said hurt public education.

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"we have seen the giveaway of a half-billion dollars plus to taxpayers in the form of a tax cut. Education has suffered. The profession has suffered. And the predicament before you is that, eventually, our kids will have suffered.”

That giveaway wasn't just to any old taxpayers, John, but rather to only the very wealthy ones like Art Pope, as well as big corporations.

Fortunately for Republicans, they won't have to listen to this kind of refreshing truth much more, as they continue to completely take over every aspect of state government.

Tate was one of the most outspoken members of the board. He was part of a shrinking minority of board members appointed by Democratic governors.

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The old naked emperor

The NC GOP continues to spew their propaganda that their tax "cuts" (they were tax increases for poor & middle class people, and only tax cuts for Art Pope and his wealthy friends) are creating jobs, bringing prosperity and just generally making life joyous for all North Carolinians. And a lot of people, primarily their foaming-at-the-mouth base, believe the propaganda and repeat it.

The data belie those assertions, of course. Objective observers can see that things are crumbling. People like John Tate tell the truth about GOP policies hurting the state, in this case, public education.

The question is, how long will people continue to believe the tea party propaganda? When will they realize that they've been fed a load of bull?

I think a lot of people will begin to realize they've been lied to on April 15. That's when the realization that they've been conned will hit home and become personal for many people.

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"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

Sorry to see him leave the board.

I had not heard of him until now, but I appreciate his comments. Still looking for a judge will some cajones to strike down our gerrymandered districting so we can vote the GOPpers out.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?