After opening the budget conference as a public meeting, the NC GOP participants predictably played to the cameras.
A day of scheduled budget negotiations got off to a rocky start Wednesday morning after House leaders insisted on hearing from outside experts on education spending.
Senate negotiators responded by walking out of the meeting. They returned an hour later, but the good feelings of compromises reached last week on Medicaid funding were long gone by then.
In another display of absurdity, the NC GOP -- those would be the folks who stomped all over the less fortunate citizens of our state with their original budget -- stole lines from the Democratic party.
He said the Senate budget, which would eliminate Medicaid eligibility for thousands, would shortchange the needy.
"Do we help those who cannot help themselves?" Dollar said. "I don't see those things as welfare. I see those as us treating our fellow ... citizens of our state in a humane way."
The story does not state if Nelson was struck by lightning at this point.