Radical Right Reality Check

Radical Right Reality Check

Radical Right Reality Check

Opportunism and partisanship

Politicians and “free market” think tanks sacrifice principles for political expediency on immigration By Rob Schofield North Carolina’s ongoing debate over immigration and, in particular, the admission of a few hundred undocumented students into our community college system has produced a significant amount of hot air of late. As noted recently in this space, this should come as no particular surprise. Raising fears about “the other” has always been a surefire way for cynical politicians and public figures to motivate and mobilize constituents – especially when the tide of events is turning against them on the core issues that really make a difference in people’s lives. more... ...
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Lawmaker’s anti-immigrant “statistics” traced to fringe groups and websites

By Rob Schofield On Friday November 9, State Representative George Cleveland of Onslow County sent a document to all “exchange users” of the North Carolina General Assembly email system (i.e. all legislators and legislative staff) entitled “Interesting Statistics.”  ...
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Saying “no” to fear mongering

North Carolinians need to keep their heads when it comes to immigration    By Rob Schofield Recently, the North Carolina Justice Center sent out its weekly on-line newsletter, NC Justice News. Among other things, the newsletter featured four ...
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Spinning out of control

The press release you didn’t see on the latest poll on health care By Rob Schofield The J.W. Pope Civitas Institute released its latest “News Makers Poll” this week. As is usually the case each month, the “spin” ...
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Deniers till Their Last Breath

Deciphering the Far Right’s Hot Air on Global Warming By Rob Schofield There are two schools of thought in the progressive community about the far right’s persistent campaign to deny the existence of global warming. Many argue that ...
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Biting Off More Than They Can Chew?

The Right Tries to Usurp the Words “Life” and “Family” By Rob Schofield It has long been understood that things like packaging and labeling are important in politics and the societal “battle of ideas.” Theodore White’s bestseller The ...
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A Waste of Time

The Far Right’s Half-Baked “Pork Barrel” Scorecard By Rob Schofield Wasteful spending is (and always has been) a significant problem for just about every large human institution – public or private. Combinations of sloth, inefficiency, greed, and any ...
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Shrill and Absurd Claims About Public Financing

By Rob Schofield One of extreme right’s tried and true tactics for hoodwinking the media and much of the general public in recent years has been, what might charitably called, “the bold misstatement.” Why mess around with details ...
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New and Dangerous Messages on the Environment

By Rob Schofield Raleigh’s right-wing think tanks have been busy of late, churning out an even steadier than usual stream of alarmist reports, events and commentaries about the evils of dastardly environmentalist plots like global warming and any ...
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Through the Looking Glass

Of the Duke Lacrosse Case and Taxes on the Rich    Sometimes you can’t help but feel as if the Republic is being dragged slowly, but surely, through the looking glass into a place where up is down, ...
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Attacking the Messenger

Far Right Should Work to Improve Charter School Law Rather than Defending a Flawed System By Rob Schofield The Senate and House Minority Leaders devoted the second half of their weekly press conference today to attacking a recent ...
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Abstaining from Reality

Ideologues Attack Sex Education By Rob Schofield “Almost all Americans have sex before marrying.” This is the key finding of a study released earlier this year entitled Trends in Premarital Sex in the United States, 1954- 2003, which appeared in the January-February 2007 issue of Public Health Reports. The researchers report that, by the age of 20:
  • 77% of Americans have had sex;
  • 75% have had pre-marital sex;
  • 12% have married.
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More Nonsense on Charter Schools

By Rob Schofield Raleigh’s far right lobbying/think tank apparatus conducted another of its coordinated hits on the General Assembly this week. This time the subject was charter schools. At the same time that the group that calls itself ...
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The Freedom from Responsibility Budget

By Rob Schofield Periodically, the essence of the debate between two competing philosophies is crystallized in an exchange over a particular topic of public policy. Such moments have occurred on a regular basis throughout the course of American ...
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Blowing Smoke about Property Rights

By Rob Schofield One of the more interesting (but probably not surprising) developments of the 2007 legislative session thus far has been the way that the far right, anti-government groups and some of their allies in the General ...
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Shoot, Fire, Aim!

Right Wing Reports are Off-Target Again
By Rob Schofield
When we last left those vigilant defenders of the ownership society at the John William Pope Civitas Institute, they were lambasting Speaker Joe Hackney of the North Carolina House of Representatives for imposing a “leftward shift” on the House. As was noted on the Progressive Pulse blog at the time, this attack seemed a trifle strident given the fact that Hackney’s alleged crime (selecting Representatives Pryor Gibson, Paul Luebke, William Wainwright and Jennifer Weiss as co-chairs of the House Finance committee) involved the reappointment of three of the four people who chaired the group last year – including the decidedly pro-business Gibson. In recent weeks JWPCI has taken not-so-dead aim at a pair of additional supposed transgressions by state policymakers that include: [...] ...
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