How can I afford this? or, How to be a wanker

Let me see if I am clear on all this...

Me and my fellow taxpayers in Raleigh are already on the hook for $724.6 million in approved spending for the war on Iraq. That money could provide 345,581 children with health care for a year. That amount could more than cover the estimated 260,000 North Carolina children who are uninsured.

The total cost for this blunder of a war is likely to exceed. $3 trillion. That's $3,000,000,000,000, once you account for restocking our military, providing lifetime benefits to veterans and surviving families, and recovering our economy.

But now fiscally responsible Republicans are coming to a tax-and-spend liberal like me to ask for more money?

Pat McCrory, George Bush & their big time money man, Tom Hicks

Pat McCrory may not be big time, but he's drawing some big time interest from some of George W. Bush's big time Pioneers and Rangers. The latest in our round up is Thomas O. Hicks, the man who paid a hyper-inflated price to George Bush for the Texas Rangers and who wound up one of the croniest of the George Bush cronies.

Thomas Hicks, another billionaire friend, is Bush's fith highest career patron. During Bush's term as governor he had Hicks in charge of a $1.7 billion university investment fund. Almost a third of the $1.7 billion was committed to funds run by Hicks' business associates or friends, including five funds run by major Republican political donors.

Michelle Obama in Charlotte Live-Blog

CNN is carrying a live-stream of this round table in Charlotte.

I missed the first part, but the discussion right now is about seniors who aren't able to retire because of the economy. One of Obama's proposals is for seniors making $50,000 or less do not pay taxes. McCain wants to give this tax break to the wealthiest. Michelle explains that this is one approach - the trickle down approach - but we're just not feeling it trickle down according to Barack. Michelle says we've given it 8 years and it's just not working.

Pat McCrory Shares a Financier with Colombian Terrorist Group through RGA

What do Pat McCrory, George Bush and a Col0mbian terrorist group all have in common? They all have received direct or indirect financial backing from Carl Lindner, the man at the helm of Chiquita Brands International during the years it funded a Columbian terrorist group.

Carl H. Lindner Jr., the billionaire Cincinnati businessman, was CEO of Chiquita Brands International from 1984 to 2001, and remained on the company's board of directors until May 2002. Beginning under his tenure, Chiquita executives paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (known by the Spanish acronym AUC), which is described by George Washington University's National Security Archive as an "illegal right-wing anti-guerrilla group tied to many of the country's most notorious civilian massacres."

What else is Pat McCrory hiding?

This from a comment at The Dome.

From a post here at the Dome August 1st: No McCrory Vote on 08 Pay Raise

This year, the [Charlotte] City Council narrowly approved a $1.8 billion budget that included boosting pay for City Council members from $23,463 to $29,900 — about a 27 percent increase. It also included a $4,000 car allowance that backers said would offset rising gas prices.

The budget also boosted McCrory's annual salary by 19 percent to $39,900.

McCrory did not veto the budget, which passed 6-5.


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