You've probably seen stories and videos about Darwin awards, celebrating people who have done enormously stupid things, usually resulting in their deaths. It's good to know that journalists are getting good footage of the NC Republican Party as it orchestrates its own demise.
Some dismal news from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which released a report on child heath and well-being in the states. North Carolina ranks 35th with one in four children in the state living in poverty. Though there were several improvements listed, including higher graduation rates and improvements in early childhood programs, the overall report, which tracks 16 different factors, underlined the challenges now and the impact new policies that reduce funding for education and reduce unemployment benefits and tax breaks for low income families will have in the coming years. The state dropped one position overall, but fell to 39th in economic-well being.
This week’s shameless publicity stunts by Fran Deluca and the corrupt Civitas Institute painted Republican family values in brilliant colors for all to see. Many observers walked away from the display with a clear understanding the Moral Monday arrestees represent a broad cross section of honest, informed North Carolina citizens. More still concluded that Civitas is a group of frat-boy bullies worthy of nothing but scorn.
For all their claims of effectiveness and efficiency, the North Carolina Republican Party has completely failed to do the one big thing they established as their top legislative priority for 2013. Rob Christiansen's column today at the N&O offers an excellent analysis of the Great GOP Tax Reform Fail.
They way Republicans in the General Assembly are interfering in local governments, it's hard to understand why every elected official in every city and town in North Carolina isn't participating in civil disobedience on Moral Mondays. This kind of ridiculousness is simply beyond the pale.
Submitted by millstone on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 11:25am
Thomas Mills here. This blog is cross-posted at www.politicsNC.com.
By all accounts, tomorrow’s protest at the legislature is going to eclipse the previous three. Caravans are gearing up to drive to Raleigh from areas across the state. Facebook pages are encouraging participation and one has over 700 people saying they plan to attend.
But the protest will have little sway with Republicans in the legislature. They’re certainly not going to slow down the GOP push to enact regressive tax laws, shred the social safety net and privatize as much of government as possible. They’ve got a super-majority and a compliant governor who more resembles a lame-duck than a leader. Besides, the Republicans are as sure that they are right as the protesters are sure that they are not.
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