Discussion Thread for NCDP Chair Conference Calls

Please treat this as an open thread to pose questions that may be used on the conference call, and to discuss today and tomorrow's calls with the candidates for NCDP Chair as they happen. We are primarily focused on questions from young people or questions about how Young Democrats will be involved with the North Carolina Democratic Party over the next two years, but we will take questions from all-comers. Candidates have been invited to live-blog on BlueNC after the calls.

Thank you for participating in the future of our state Democratic Party!

TONIGHT'S CANDIDATE SCHEDULE

Dannie Montgomery
8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27
For more details, click here

N.C. Citizen-Soldiers Back In Harm's Way

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have exacted a heavy toll on our men and women in uniform, and the family members left behind have not been spared from the suffering. I hesitate to attempt assigning levels of suffering and sacrifice, but the activation and deployment of National Guard and Reserve units carries with it an additional (and unique) set of circumstances that affect those involved, and the nature of their service is such that resources to deal with these issues often don't exist. North Carolina currently has about 500 Citizen-Soldiers actively deployed, but that is about to change:

Today’s Edition of the Circus of Situational Ethics

John Hood says we shouldn’t fix broken things, because we could buy new things instead of fixing broken things which still stimulates the economy, but just in a different way. Got all that?

Of course, hasn’t Hood always encouraged restrained government spending in the name of opportunity cost budgeting? Well, no.

However, if his column doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t matter. You’re just supposed to think he’s smart because he cites Keynes and Bastiat.

Blather available here

Erik Sorenson fears a class war that the rich won’t win. Even though he does frown on a $37,000 toilet, he’s frightened that $100,000 in salary just isn’t enough. I wonder what the janitors at MSNBC made when he led the company.

Comfort poor little rich boy here

Topic of the week: Paying taxes


Much has been written on all sides about the merits or lack thereof of taxes. But today I found a comment on Mark Binker's blog that might be worth discussion. The original post was about different proposals floating around the legislature to raise revenue. One commenter, a person named Doug Johnson, wrote this:

Most of us are just alike, we look to save money. Going to Tennessee today, fill my car up in Virginia, save a few dollars. When I leave Tennessee, will fill up again. Not only does NC lose gas tax, money we would spend at the gas station, they lose sales tax on it.

Roger Bone

I just wanted to take advantage of this forum to say a few words about Roger Bone, who passed away today.

Some BlueNC readers will recognize the name. Roger was for many years, right up to the end, ranked one of the top lobbyists at the North Carolina General Assembly. I knew OF him for years and years before I had the chance to work with him, and boy did I dislike his clients! Argh. Oh YUCK did I dislike 'em. When a common issue did bring us into a working relationship, I had the chance to tease Roger about them, and did. He made no apologies, and I didn't either, but I have to say that I never met with a more frank, honest, straight-shooting person in the hallowed, hellish halls of the state legislature. I keep wanting to write that he charmed me, but the word is wrong; it connotes some bit of manipulation, and that's just not how Roger operated.

Here's what conserv/moderate/repubs are getting from their party...hard to argue, folks

I'm a bit late on a Sunday evening to get the best response to this...but, gotta put it here for everyone to consider..and to react to if they want (it's what repubs say nowadays with regard to dems, okay?):

Obama Inauguration Sets Record for Private Jets

Recession? What recession?

The inauguration of Barack Obama set an all-time record for the number of pricey private jets flying into the Washington area for the festivities.

At Washington Dulles airport, up to 600 private jets landed in the days leading up to the inauguration.

That number shatters the old record of 300 private planes that the airport accommodated for President George W. Bush’s second inaugural in 2004, Bloomberg reported.

“Of course, flying private to a celebration of a populist, pro-environment president is a bit like the Detroit execs jetting to Washington for bailout money,” Robert Frank observed in the Wall Street Journal.

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