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Pat McCrory called reporters down to the Albemarle building for a press conference and said two words and near about gave liberals from Murphy to Manteo apoplexy.
He said, Art Pope.
 And five minutes later ole Chris Fitzsimmons was howling on Twitter, The Pope Administration begins...and about an hour later the Democratic Party 'Tweeted,' claiming Pat McCrory appointing Art Pope Budget Director was pure 'pay to play.'
Now there's no doubt Art Pope is serious about Republican politics, but he's also unfailingly polite and, more to the point, when it comes to 'pay to play' he may be the most innocent man in North Carolina.
After all, can anyone name one single government subsidy, one appropriation, or one government contract Art Pope's ever sought? He's even serving as Budget Director for free. So how on earth can the Democrats howl his appointment is 'pay to play?'
The real reason the Democrats are having apoplexy isn't that they'd developed a sudden abhorrence to 'pay to play' politics - it's that Art Pope is dead serious about cutting government spending.
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clarence swinney
# clarence swinney
Saturday, December 22, 2012 10:06 AM
A.Corporate top rate is 35%
paid 12.1% in 2011—avg 10%-15% in recent years

B.Tax Foundation summary of 2009 tax returns.
Top10% got 43% individual income paid 18% tax rate
25% got 66% and paid 15%
50% got 87% and paid 12.5%
137 Million returns paid 11.01%
borrowed 1400B

#1---largest percent (44%) of workers paid lowest wages--
#2---Least taxes on corporations
#3---Least taxes overall (30% of gdp in fed-state-local)
# Carbine
Saturday, December 22, 2012 10:08 AM
The professional dissemblers of the left wing, such as Gary and Chris Fitzsimmons, have invested years of effort in ginning up hatred of Art Pope. A sane and sensible society would be revolted by the lies, distortions, and malicious character assassination routinely practiced by the Democrats against this thoughtful, decent man. But this is North Carolina after 100-plus years of virtual Democratic Party dictatorship, so anything goes, apparently.
# dap916
Saturday, December 22, 2012 3:21 PM
I can't wait to watch the in-state AND national media go after each and every move Art Pope makes...every idea he presents and puts up for consideration. Can't wait to see the pictures in the newspapers, on the news broadcasts and emails sent out by the NCDP of homeless people, kids being presented in dire straights because of what will be portrayed as Pope/NCGOP policies...etc. One misstep, one rare exception where someone needing help and actually deserving it not receiving it and it'll be nightly news for weeks and over-and-over presentations on it in every form of media we have INCLUDING big radical leftwing websites like here in NC and nationally. It will get ugly. I hope Mr. Pope is ready for the ugly politics that he's about to have to endure.

Now, saying that.....I think this is a BRILLIANT choice. Kudos, Mr. Governor-elect.
clarence swinney
# clarence swinney
Sunday, December 23, 2012 2:31 PM
Obama Inherited
Great Recession
10% unemployment
1400B Deficit
3500B Spending
11,900B of Debt
Two Wars
Tax Cut for Rich
Part D unfunded
Torture chambers
He did not close Gitmo
He increased Afghan war
He cut taxes for all workers
He started a program Efficient Spending
He won reelection
Anonymous User
# Anonymous User
Thursday, December 27, 2012 12:35 PM
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