Ethics Reform Summation by Christensen

Rob Christenson has a great piece in this morning's N&O. It's excellent, but a bit depressing. Don't take my word for it. Please go read it yourself.

Someone else might rip holes through it, but I thought he did a nice job of accurately assessing the legislature's attempts at reform. Among his points:

1. It's an election year and legislators had to look like they were addressing issues whether they wanted to or not.

2. There's a pay to play culture in Raleigh, but it was just as bad in the mid 90's when the Republicans were in power.

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Charles Taylor and Robin Hayes Vote at 1:41 a.m. to Give Huge Tax Cuts to the Richest Americans

Charles Taylor, Robin Hayes, and the Republican Party (along with 34 unprincipled Democrats) skulked into the chamber last night, well after every decent American had gone to bed, and offered up an immense tax cut to the wealthiest people in the nation. The vote was 230 - 180.

"H.R. 5970: to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000, to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and to extend expiring provisions, and for other purposes

Wachovia and Terrorism

The Triangle Business Journal is reporting that Wachovia had to break off a relationship with a bank based in the Middle East because of allegations that the bank was laundering money for Hezbollah. At this point, I do not know how to comment on the issue. I was thinking: it is a small world, or isn't it nice how global the modern world is. But to be fair, it seems that Wachovia had no involvement and behaved in the appropriate way in cutting off the relationship. I guess this is just one of those

My take: On How {d}emocracy Works

I started this as a comment to SD's new "hearts and halo" photoshop post. My "comment" took on a life of it's own - flowing uncontrollably out my fingers - and soon it was no longer a comment. It was a blog post. Some thoughts here echo what's been touched on by Robert P., momo and others. [AND ... at the end, there's an invitation to join us today at the Johnston County Democratic Party headquarters in Clayton.]

This, the week of the Photoshop flames at bluenc, with the Edwards pics and "Dear John," letters from SD has been amazing to watch - in a GOOD way. Seriously. I've seen more new posters at bluenc in the past week than I have since I started reading here.

More below the fold ... much more. :)

SMF Charles Taylor Edition: Pork...Ohhhhh Yeeaaahhhh!

I searched the BlueNC posts for this week and one unifying theme stood out - ethics. Gregflynn has done an excellent job keeping us current on the attempts at ethics reform by our legislators in Raleigh and I hope to find some political cartoons from some of our NC papers that address ethics reform. I'm sure they are out there.

How, how could I tie in ethics with Saturday Morning Funnies? After a moment it struck me that a visit to Scrutiny Hooligans would help answer that question. Screwy's answer to my question? Charles Taylor, one of the most ethically-challenged congressmen in Washington. And, with that I give you pork. Ohhhhhh yeeeaaaahhhh.

Dear John,

I just knew you wouldn't let me down. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw you had left Larry Kissell off the list. I was certain it was an oversight but my good friend Anglico called your staffer and was assured it was not.

I'm sure you can imagine how that made me feel, right? That may be one of the shortest breakups in history. I'm glad we're back together. Thanks for adding Larry to the list.

Now, you go on out there and fight poverty big guy and I'll just sit myself down and draw more hearts on your pictures.

How a Progressive Sounds, My Take on John Edwards TODAY

There has been much ado here today about John Edwards. Mostly from folks that are not familiar with the site and don't understand the backstory. Much ado about nothing in my opinion. So, let me give you a link to the John Edwards speech at Gnomedex 6, which gives you an idea of what John Edwards will sound like in 2006, 2007, and 2008 - a Progressive.

My favorite quote after the break.


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