"We need to unite and elect a governor," said Andy Lancaster of Garner, who introduced Mr. Graham. "Bill Graham has helped conservative candidates and been a part of real grassroots efforts. He is a family man, a Christian man and has strong beliefs."
"The people want someone who will solve their problems," Mr. Graham said. "Our taxes are too high and we have inadequate health coverage. We don't have good school or economic development systems."
Mr. Graham also said the state public school system needs reform. "One-third of the students in our high schools across the state won't graduate," he said. "We need more discipline in the classrooms and we need to train our students in trades that are needed in our economy."
The people want someone who solve their problems? You gotta be kidding me. That's what the voters in the Party of Greed really want? I thought they wanted government to butt out and leave them alone. Sounds like Graham is having a fair bit of schizophrenia about which political philosophy he should be wearing this week. And for a guy who hates government and taxes, he sure has a big shopping list for ways to spend public money: health coverage, better schools, economic development. What's most remarkable is that the Republicans listening to his full-of-crap speech him probably applauded with every promise he made.
Not to be outdone, SpongeBob Orr took the stage, again calling for the big, bad gummint to do all sort of things that Republicans are supposed to hate:
"This is a great opportunity, a great challenge," Judge Orr said. "We can't be the party of the 30-second sound bite. We need to broaden our appeal by pushing for education reform and economic development. We need to demonstrate how we can recruit and support small business."
And finally, the mouthpiece for Fred Smith made me do a double take when he announced that the Asphalt King is really a farmer!
Speaking for Sen. Smith, spokesman Jonathan Hill said, "The No. 1 industry in North Carolina is agriculture. As a farmer, Fred Smith understands agriculture. He has created 700 jobs at two companies and has worked for lower taxes, through the Tax Protection Act, and family values through the Defense of Marriage Act."
A farmer? Imagine that! I thought Fredly was a bill collector turned paving contractor turned golf course developer turned slopper at the public trough . . . and come to find out he was a farmer all along? I can't help wondering where the hell he's been for the past six month while his brethren in farming were fighting the OLF in Washington County.
Not satisfied with being pandered to by the Three Stooges, the Party of Greed delegates couldn't resist one last gasp of delusional thinking.
Delegates also approved resolutions supporting the Litter Reduction Act of 2007, the creation of an independent redistricting commission and a resolution condemning U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's recent public statement that the war in Iraq is lost.
What a bunch of tools, condemning the only person in Washington with the backbone to call a spade a spade. Bush's war in Iraq IS lost, and it's about time Republican patriots who talk a big game about supporting the troops got that through their thick skulls.