Setting the Record Straight

Setting the Record Straight

Setting the Record Straight

Capitalism? Socialism? Fascism?

Crude labeling is not helping the debate There’s a bit of dark humor in the wacky world of online political discourse about how few back-and-forth comments it typically takes before someone accuses his or her adversary of being ...
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Lawmakers try to have it both ways

Budget conferees change their rhetoric on the role of government, but not the underlying policies that undermine it Those who attended or watched online yesterday as conferees debated next steps in resolving the stalemate between the House and ...
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Monday education numbers

95,000-plus—Number of public school teachers in North Carolina   $45,938—Average North Carolina teacher compensation 2011-12 (“Facts and Figures 2012-13” – www.ncpublicschools.org)   $55,418—U.S. average (ibid.)   46—North Carolina’s national ranking in teacher pay (“Smart Money: Investing in education ...
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There he goes again

Governor misleads on tax outcomes in letter to the editor As noted at some length yesterday, Governor McCrory gave a remarkable pair of interviews to two Charlotte news outlets recently in which he complained mightily about the criticisms ...
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Summertime madness

It’s time to end the 2013 legislative session You know the folks running the North Carolina General Assembly have run out of steam (and pretty much any last semblance of intellectual legitimacy) when the only excuse/explanation they can ...
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Extreme ideology and petty grudges

Charting the Right’s voracious appetite for rolling back progress and settling old scores At the end of the 2011-12 North Carolina General Assembly, more than one caring and thoughtful progressive took a look at the damage inflicted by ...
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Corruption in plain sight

Big money solidifies its iron grip on the state political system right before our eyes There’s an old adage that money is “the mother’s milk of politics.” And it’s a truism that’s long been hard to deny. From the ...
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Perverting capitalism

How right-wing mythology has helped warp our market economy It’s one of the biggest and most destructive myths about capitalism and the “free market,” but it is also – sadly – something that most Americans of varying political ...
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Once again, it’s sticks over carrots

State Senate tries to coerce public schools into performing better    There’s an old bit of dark humor that often finds its way onto the bulletin boards and refrigerators in a lot of American workplaces. It goes something ...
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Irony and hypocrisy in the courtroom

The absurd prosecution of John Edwards North Carolina is the scene of an embarrassing national spectacle these days. The trial of John Edwards is a sad and sordid matter that has to make any human being with an ...
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An embarrassment to our state

The N.C. Department of Labor hits rock bottom It’s been common knowledge for years to those who follow state government that the North Carolina Department of Labor has become a bad joke under the “leadership” of state Commissioner ...
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Caught in an embarrassing lie

House Republicans tell a big fat whopper about jobs This week, a friend of N.C. Policy Watch forwarded us an emailed fundraiser message sent out by the North Carolina House Republicans. In it, one of Speaker Thom Tillis’ assistants attacks Democratic lawmaker ...
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Bargaining away a fundamental freedom

State Senator sells out his daughters in a backroom deal The North Carolina state Senate joined the House in overriding Governor Perdue’s veto of the scandalously misnamed “Woman’s Right to Know Act” yesterday. Under the new state law ...
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The battle lines become clear

Governor Perdue and average North Carolinians vs. conservative ideologues and the moneyed interests Events are moving fast in Raleigh these days. Tired of waiting for Republicans running the General Assembly to pass legislation that would restore unemployment benefits ...
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Vending machine government

The problem with the move to expand tax check-offs Several weeks ago, a column in this space raised the ire of some good guy advocates and at least one confused state Representative when it questioned the wisdom and ...
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Doublespeak from the Speaker

The Charlotte Observer hosted an online “chat” today in which the public was invited to ask questions of North Carolina House Speaker, Thom Tillis. Though it was probably too much to expect that Tillis would have used the event ...
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