Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today's lesson in bad government:

And once again, this is not a mistake, it's by design:

The budget projections prepared by the legislature’s Fiscal Research Division show shortfalls of $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion in years 2019-2020 to 2021-2022. Sen. Dan Blue’s office said the Senate Democratic leader from Raleigh requested the information in the last week of June. It was delivered late last week.

The projections assume the state offers all services it does now, and factors in projected growth in public schools, community colleges, universities and Medicaid spending. Projections of annual spending growth range from 4.1 percent to 5.3 percent.

The Republican-led legislature has been rewriting the tax code, starting in 2013 when it cut income tax rates, eliminated some tax credits and deductions, and increased taxes on electricity, movie tickets and other amusements.

A new round of income tax reductions set for January 2019 would cut the corporate rate from 3 percent to 2.5 percent and the personal income tax rate from 5.49 percent to 5.25 percent, among other changes.

Republicans use voodoo economics to project budget surpluses, which they use to justify tax cuts, which in turn result in budget shortfalls, which they then use to cut programs, staff, and services, and then they repeat that whole process two years later. That's not responsible behavior, it's tearing your house down brick by brick. And then there's the enablers:

What part of "Non-partisan Fiscal Research Division" did you not understand, Brent? Dan Blue asked for the information and he got it, straight from the neutral horse's mouth. Just because you don't like the results it doesn't mean you can make up lies about the origin of such.

Pay close attention, you won't see me agreeing with JLF very often:

Joseph Coletti, who worked in former Gov. Pat McCrory's budget office, said there are more than 100 line items in this latest budget directing more than $30 million to private entities by name. At least one other section doesn't name the company but is so specific there can be little doubt of the intent.

"This is a criticism of the process, not the goals or the groups," Coletti wrote last month for the John Locke Foundation, where he's now a senior fellow.
Coletti said he'd prefer to see competition for these sorts of grants, with tracking of what the group is trying to accomplish and whether they do so.

I've always had reservations about earmarking. While I understand certain projects or civic groups really need to be funded, it's the associated politics that rubs me the wrong way. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for something good tends to drown out the good things that got cut to make that happen, but once a local citizen becomes loyal to a politician who helped them get something done, they don't want to know the other stuff. And that's how dinosaurs roam the Legislature...

Aaaand, that just counteracted whatever halfway decent feelings I had about JLF. Seriously, is the completely unwarranted and blatantly partisan attack on Elaine Marshall not enough? Because that seems to have fizzled, is this Plan B? Who's next on the list? I'm not even going to speculate, because I don't want to give these idiots any ideas.

Stop pushing me! I haven't decided yet! I've got eleven more days, for God's sake! Sorry, sorry. Frickin' politics, man. So much pressure...

Hopefully they'll be drinking vodka at the campaign victory ceremony...

Just a reminder of what bad foreign policy can achieve.

Am I the only one who finds it laughable that the "Freedom Caucus" wants to build a big-ass wall to restrict freedom of access? Not to mention the eminent-domaining of private property to make room for the damn thing. Idiots will be idiots.

On that ludicrous note, here's your Onion:

Yeah, pictures can tell a thousand words: "Don't worry, you'll love it! I promise! And the trail rations start to taste really good by the third week!"



Bonus Onion:

Okay, I apologize for making light of opioid addiction, which is a scourge on society and has ruined countless lives. But damn that is funny.