Submitted by davidesmay on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 2:34pm
This is just a short outline defining the incestuous relationship Republican members of House and Senate Committees have with ALEC and how in this case, focusing only on education, ALEC's right wing agenda affects this aspect of our daily lives - and more importantly, our children's.
These are just the facts. Republican Senator Tom Apodaca is the co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Education/Higher Education, and coincidentally an ALEC Education Task Force member. Republican Senator Fletcher Hartsell of Cabarrus County, who basically runs the county out of his law office in Concord, is also on this committee, and is a paid lobbyist for K-12 Inc., the virtual charter school corporation. No conflict of interest there. As a side note, only 1/3 of K-12's virtual charter's met the minimum standard for accreditation last year.
Submitted by davidesmay on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 12:43pm
For those, myself included, who are trying to match the words coming out of the mouths of the new Pope/McCrory administration with their actions, here is a brief list of words and catch phrases that might help.
With the end of the year in sight, the opportunities for patriotic capitalists to commercialize democracy have never been more alluring, especially here in North Carolina where the austerity agenda promises to enrich the few at the expense of the many. Think "transfer of wealth" on steroids, with hard-earned middle-class tax dollars flowing straight to the pockets of the Tarheel rich and infamous.
Leading the rapacious rush, of course, is governor-elect Art Pope, a man whose fortune was made selling cheap crap to poor people all across the state. From Dollar Stores to Maxways to Roses, the Pope family has perfected the art of class exploitation with a Machiavellian business model. He profits from the labor of our growing underclass, then redistributes those dollars to undermine public education, workers rights, environmental stewardship, and women's health. Having tried and failed to win public office the old-fashioned way, Mr. Pope recently purchased the entire infrastructure of North Carolina's state government. It must be said that the Pope Plan has established a new paradigm for success.
Which brings us to the point of this post: three exciting new business opportunities for North Carolina's investor class in the year ahead!
These two assholes have built their careers badmouthing the business climate in North Carolina, wringing their hands during countless photo-ops about the oppressive burdens facing our states entrepreneurs and major employers. Things are terrible, they say. We need to change directions.
North Carolina's combination of work-force availability and skill sets of interest to employers, proactive business-development agencies, logistics assets and higher education infrastructure helped it reclaim Site Selection's Top Business Climate spot from rival Texas — which wrestled the title from the Tar Heel State in 2011.
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