posted on March 18, 2013 10:09
In his novel Intruder in the Dust, William Faulkner wrote if you have something outside the ordinary to do and it’s got to be done quickly, don’t waste time on the men – go get the women and children. Thirty-seven years ago, here in North Carolina, we built Ronald Reagan’s first Presidential campaign around women and young people, then landed at the Republican Convention where we learned politics’ adamantine heart devours youth and passion when a self-proclaimed conservative stalwart (who was also Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party) made a backroom deal and Reagan lost by a handful of votes.
This year, since the election last November, I’ve been watching and waiting for the old guard Democratic standard bearers in the General Assembly (like Martin Nesbit and Larry Hall) to breathe life back into their party but they seemed too stunned by the defeat to stir. They went through the motions like sleepwalkers. With barely a sign of a pulse.
Then some mischievous genie leaked the ‘Secret Not for Distribution Democratic Campaign Plan’ to the Charlotte Observer and, suddenly, there was a sign of a pulse – but it was coming from a pretty strange place. It wasn’t coming from the old guard or any of the long time Democratic standard bearers – it was coming from a young man and a young woman, a pair of ‘grassroots organizers.’
The young woman Jessica Laurenz, according to her biography, graduated from Vanderbilt with degrees in Women’s Studies then sailed into Democratic politics working for liberal groups to advance the rights of Southern women – which is sort of like advancing the rights of a Bengal tigress. It’s a fine sentiment. But the tigress (or maiden aunt or steel magnolia) is more than capable of defending herself not just against Southern men but most anything else that crosses her path.
The young man, Sean Kosofsky, had been a spokesman for LGBT groups in Michigan then came to North Carolina to head Blueprint NC.
Neither, according to their bios, had ever faced the terrors of a statewide campaign but Sean Kosofsky provided a poll and Jessica Laurenz wrote a plan for Democrats to, as she put it, ‘eviscerate’ Pat McCrory, Thom Tillis and Phil Berger.
Monday, March 18, 2013 11:16 AM
Interesting!!! Can't wait for Part II.
I'm pretty sure part of the "plan" is to ratchet up the "war on...." rhetoric and pull out all stops in using the "race card". And, you gotta know that every rich, white, male republican in the state of North Carolina is going to eventually be called out as evil and uncaring and greedy and the reason for our high unemployment level and low ranking in education and why so many of our citizens have to receive food stamps and medicaid and public housing assistance and so forth.
That strategy got Obama elected and then got him reelected. Republicans are in control of our state government today not just because of the horrible condition our state is in that happened under democratic control but because the people in our state perceived the democrats as not doing anything to improve our state's plight. If the democrats can change the perception of the republican party in North Carolina by making it seem uncaring about those in need in our state and against improving our education system and full of mostly wealthy white folks that makes policies to keep minorities down, republicans will have a difficult time staying in power. Politics is all about perception.
Eagerly anticipating Part II.
Monday, March 18, 2013 11:28 AM
THIRD LEAST TAXED IN OECD NATIONS
Total individual income=$12.000 billion
Individual taxes paid---effective tax rate
Why Tax? Just Borrow!
Debt was 5800B in 2000---11,900B in 2009—16,500B in 2013
When will we tax honestly to get wealthy paying a
Fair Share(effective rate) of their enormous incomes.
It is true they pay most but 15% of a $20,000 income
has a big effect on that standard of living versus 15% on
A $10 million income.
Reform the Tax Code. Quick.
Monday, March 18, 2013 9:11 PM
Anyone that attempts to compare America to any other country on any level is an idiot. America's culture is totally different than any other country. Our demographics are totally different than any other country. Our country's natural resources are different than any other country in the world. Our political system is different than any system in any other country in just so many ways.
People that want to compare America with any other country need to get a clue. There is absolutely NO comparison that can be made with regard to America vs. any other country on earth.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:56 AM
Forty one countries now have the only truly fair tax and that is a flat tax. Several more are waiting in the wings. Two, including Poland, have governments who far on instituting a flat tax in their succssful campaigns for office. Australia will have an election soon, that is likely to throw out the corrupt Labour Party, and the current opppostion leader and likely next Prime Minister is a supporter of the flat tax. Indeed, several US states currently have a flat tax for their state income tax.
North Carolina does not need these far left carperbaggers, and we need to denounce their bankrollers - the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, led by leftwing political hack Leslie Winner - every time we can.