Monday madness

There's no better way to start your week than with a reminder of what a crook Republican Speaker Thom Tillis is. Hat tip to NC Policy Watch and the Fayetteville Observer.

After all the ethical disasters the General Assembly has seen in the past few years, House Speaker Thom Tillis should have the definition of conflict on the tip of his tongue. He doesn’t. In fact, he may be clueless.


Yes -- Morisville protest is on:

Hey Lee -- yes, there are plans to protest Romney in Morrisville (as well a the other two NC towns Romney is stopping in on Sunday). Details at the following link. This is a group protest being mounted by a number of large NC organizations. We aren't allowed to coordinate with candidates or parties so I have no idea if any political paety groups are planning protests or not. But everyone is certainly welcome to join us:

Katy Munger,
Progress North Carolina Action

Lead, follow or get out of the way....

Romney protest

Thanks, Katy. I am going to make every effort to be there (Morrisville) with anyone I can persuade to come.

Lee Mortimer

Romney dumb tax cut proposals unreal=debt debt debt
If Romney kept his pledge to avoid increasing the deficit (aside from the enormous deficit increase resulting from the Bush tax cuts), then someone will have to face a net increase in their taxes. These figures demonstrate that the very rich won’t be the ones paying for Romney’s proposals.

The estimates used to calculate the figures in the table above assume that the Romney plan would:

-Make permanent the Bush income tax cuts for all income levels.
-Further reduce all income tax rates by a fifth.
-Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax.
-Repeal the estate and gift tax.
-Exempt up to $200,000 of long-term capital gains, dividends and interest from taxable income for taxpayers who do not have $200,000 of other income.
-Maintain 15% rates for capital gains and dividends.
-Repeal all itemized deductions (all taxpayers take standard deduction).
-Repeal all tax credits.
-Repeal exclusion for employer-provided health care.
-Repeal deduction for health insurance for the self-employed.
-Repeal the Hospital Insurance tax increase on the wealthy that was enacted as part of health care reform.

clarence swinney