Calling Bullsh*t on Tax Liars

NC Policy Watch did a great job yesterday slicing and dicing the lies of government hating anti-tax radicals here in North Carolina.

There is an adage that maintains that if you say something often enough, people will believe it. That appears to be the strategy of the folks fighting to cut taxes this session of the General Assembly, to ignore the facts and claim that North Carolina tax rates for corporations and wealthy individuals are too high and are hurting economic development.

Unfortunately, it seems to be working, at least according to reports about the Senate budget that is scheduled to be unveiled early this week. Senate leaders want to reduce taxes by a quarter of percent on the state’s wealthiest tax payers and cut the sales tax by one-fourth of a cent. Combined, the tax cuts will cost $225 million a year.

G.R.I.M.

Al McSurely is a legendary civil rights lawyer in Chapel Hill who could give us all a lesson in progressive activism. Here's an email BlueNC received from him yesterday reporting on efforts to put an end to the error that is the Bush Administration.

The Grassroots Impeachment Movement (GRIM) began four months sgo when we learned President Bush and Vice President Cheney had ordered the National Security Agency (NSA) to violate the 4th Amendment of the Constitution with an unconstitutional domestic spying program. Up until January 2006, the sporadic calls for impeachment were driven by northern anti-war activists. Bringing criminal charges, or impeaching Bush and Cheney seemed impossible. But the news about massive phone taps, in the wake of Katrina, torture, the Downing Street Memo, and profiteering illegalities in Iraq, caused many ordinary citizens to say, “Enough.” We all realized together: 2008 Is Too Late! By mid-January a grass roots impeachment Movement had spontaneously begun to spread here and a few other areas—a Movement that now has taken roots across the country. A February poll showed 53% of Americans wanted to conduct investigations that would lead to impeachment.

How They Voted!

I received this at my Veteran's Service Office Site! Dan

From :
Sent : Monday, May 22, 2006 3:30 PM
To : graham.vetso@hotmail.com
Subject : MegaVote: NC 11th, 5/22/2006

Congress.org
presents:

May 22, 2006

In this MegaVote for North Carolina's 11th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes -
Senate: Border Fence amendment
Senate: To declare English as the national language
Senate: To declare English is the common and unifying language
House: Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act
House: Congressional Budget Resolution, FY2007

What a dork.

I'm sorry, but sometimes you just have to call a dork a dork -- or else be tempted to adopt more extreme labels such as f*cking hypocrite or candy-ass whiner. All three seem suitable for Carter Wrenn, Boy Pundit who today takes the Wake County School Superintendent to task for . . . you guessed it . . . hyperbole. {{{gasp}}}

Wake County School Superintendent Bill McNeal told the News and Observer, (5/16/06) he could never recommend a measly $625 million School Bond. McNeal said he couldn’t put kids in schools with adequate heating, air-conditioning and a roof that doesn’t leak for $625 million.

Bushgate 06! A slap in the face to Nations Vets!

This to me is a total & complete insult not only to Veterans but to the good Honest folks at VA who do their jobs and try to help! Of course we could call it Bushgate.

A Statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs

Monday, May 22, 2006; 1:34 PM

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently learned that an employee, a data analyst, took home electronic data from VA, which he was not authorized to do. This behavior was in violation of our policies.

This data contained identifying information including names, social security numbers, and dates of birth for up to 26.5 million veterans and some spouses, as well as some disability ratings. Importantly, the affected data did not include any of VA's electronic health records nor any financial information. The employee's home was burglarized and this data wa s stolen. The employee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Larry Kissell Leading in NC-08: The Proof is in the Polls

Respected polling firm Anzalone Liszt Research has released a new poll for North Carolina's 8th Congressional District and Larry Kissell has tremendous momentum and is pulling away from Robin Hayes.

The number that jumps out is the informed vote where Kissell leads Hayes by 7 points. (49% Kissell/42% Hayes) The informed vote poll is taken after a paragraph about each candidate is read to the voter. These paragraphs include platform statements and are not considered a negative push.

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