Charles Taylor "Cutting Bone" From Local Economic Plan

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Asheville Citizen-Times: "The National Climatic Data Center [NCDC], located in Asheville, could face a severe funding shortfall if the budget passed by the U.S. House appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Commerce Department becomes law.

Why Conservatives Can't Govern

I have long held the belief that conservatives are especially ill-suited for the important work of government. Which makes it all the more comical to watch as they trip over themselves, scrambling to take charge of government programs they want to eliminate, spending their hard-earned corporate profits to win the White House, Congress or the NC state legislature.

This month's American Prospect has an excellent article on the subject that is well worth your time and attention. Though it focuses on the decline of competence at the federal level, there are valuable insights for those of us working on state and local government. I've pulled out a few choice paragraphs to give you a flavor for the piece . . . with some commentary to follow.

Action Plan: Ask Your Republican If They Ever Want This War to End

If you, like me, have a Republican Representative in the US House, they owe you an answer. And Senators Dole and Burr owe us all. You can find links to their web contact forms on the BlueNC Take Action page. Here's the question you deserve an answer to:

Given the facts:

Do our Republican representatives still plan to go along with an open-ended occupation of Iraq? Whose interest are they representing, anyway?

Some things we CAN do for Larry Kissell

I was just reading this blog over at DailyKos about how the Republicans handled CA-50, and it occurred to me that there are a few things WE could learn from this and do for Kissell.

I know there is a push here in Orange County to develop sister precincts and do something besides raise money (two days until Kissell/Anglico houseparty). Perhaps one thing we could do is man the polling stations and come up with names of people who haven't yet voted, then the locals can do the face-to-faces or phone calls.

He's baaaaaaaaaack

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John Hood of the Carolina Journal has been away for a few days, and from the smarmy quality of today's column, he's probably been out groveling at the knee of Art "the Puppetmaster" Pope. Why else would he devote 600 words to the issue of fair and honest elections, without once mentioning how the Puppetmaster is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy the North Carolina Legislature? It's Dishonest John at his best and worst - misdirecting and double-talking all the way home. First off, of course, Hood hits us with a red herring about the issue of public financing for elections . . .

For one thing, voters and taxpayers are not synonymous. Many taxpayers don’t vote. Some voters have essentially no net tax liability, when you compare what they pay to what they receive in government transfer payments. Unless the proposal is to charge people for the privilege of voting, and use the proceeds to finance campaigns, it is improperly named (and, of course, such a policy would be unconstitutional and absurd).


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