After a 6-month drunk-on-power binge during which the unruly GOP mob ran roughshod over the entire state and had their way with the people of NC, they just recently woke up hung over and naked in a ditch by the side of the road.
[As consciousness starts to return, DAG McCrony, Tillis and Berger discuss the circumstances]
McCrony: What happened?
Berger: I’m not sure. Damn! My head hurts.
Tillis: I remember something about a budget. I need some coffee!
Berger: And abortions. And voter suppression. Make my coffee black and strong!
McCrony: I remember signing those bills after we agreed about them.
Berger & Tillis, in unison: SHUT UP! You’re just a hired pen.
You might or might not be familiar with Ann and Jim Goodnight. Dr. Jim Goodnight is the founder and CEO of SAS Corporation; he and his wife have been community activists in Cary, NC and statewide advocates for many causes -- especially education -- for decades. SAS is among the world's largest privately held companies; the Goodnights are billionaires and reportedly the richest people in all of North Carolina (#154 on the Forbes worldwide billionaires list).
It's become abundantly clear that the Art Pope machine in The Old Backward State can get away with anything it wants. The level of extremism in North Carolina is almost without precedent.
As their scorched-earth policies steamroll ahead unfettered, as they stomp on people they don't care about, and as they literally do whatever they wish, unconstrained by anything including the state and federal constitutions, it occurs to us:
Why do they lie?
Why don't they simply tell the truth about why they're passing these extreme laws? Why do they feel the need to lie? Is it simply habitual? Do they think they're fooling people? Is it an attempt to assuage their consciences?
Guvnor Pat appoints his campaign contributors to to plum government positions, one of Guvnor Pat's appointees assures the public that pay to play is not a problem in The Old Backward State, and in the biggest Pay to Play scheme of all, Tillisberger and the McCronies lie through their teeth by characterizing a tax cut for millionaires and a tax increase for poor and middle class people as a tax cut for everyone.
There are a lot of ways to talk about the North Carolina General Assembly, and a lot of issues to talk about. So I've decided to document some resources from the Young Democrats of North Carolina you can share to help tell the tale of a weak Governor and a legislature that's gone off the rails. I encourage you to share these far and wide!
First, this very week our Governor broke a big promise:
"We have an obligation to protect the health of the people -- the women -- that go to these clinics," Berger said. "Anyone who is interested in having safe abortions in North Carolina has nothing to fear from this bill."
Maybe our friends at NC Policy Watch will do a line-by-line rebuttal to this official spin from The Master of Deceit. This was received via email by a friend from Phil Berger's spokesbot.
Dear Ms. Jones:
Thank you for your email – and for your honest feedback. Senator Berger values the opportunity to hear from constituents across the state and sincerely appreciates your taking the time to write. North Carolina’s tax code is outdated and its taxes are excessive. It’s no coincidence that North Carolina has the highest taxes in the Southeast and one of the worst employment rates in the country. States that have no income tax are the very same states that have a booming economy and job growth. States that have high income taxes are struggling.
BlueNC is a labor of love. Views expressed by any particular community member are simply that: the views of that particular member. If you have questions or concerns about the content you see here, please contact us.