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Do Republicans want America – and North Carolina – to fail? That’s the only explanation that makes sense.
 
If they starve public schools, they can say public schools don’t work – and abandon them. If they derail Obamacare, they can say it’s a train wreck. If they kneecap cities, they can say cities aren’t run well. If they shut down the federal government, they can say the federal government can’t do anything right. And if you don’t like it, they won’t let you vote.
 
Exhibit A: The City of Raleigh. Senator Josh Stein said the other night that the Republican legislature doesn’t want Raleigh to succeed because Raleigh, like most cities, elects Democrats to run things. So the legislature ripped up the Dix lease. They don’t want the Wake schools to do well, so they tried to take over the school board – again.
 
(By the way, Josh was speaking at a reception for City Councilor Randy Stagner hosted by Rep. Grier Martin. A three-star lineup.)
 
For a decade in the 90s, Raleigh suffered through Republican mayors. Downtown was a dump. Everything was petty, partisan and political. Just like this legislature.
 
Then came Mayors Charles Meeker and Nancy McFarlane, Democratic and Independent City Councilors  and Democratic county commissioners. Today, downtown is thriving and attracting jobs and smart, entrepreneurial young people. And we have an incredible greenway system.
 
Contrast the quality state government in Raleigh with municipal government in Raleigh. For one thing, nobody in Raleigh is giving $87,000-a-year jobs to inexperienced 24-year-old campaign aides.
 
(Note: This is the third day in a row I have mentioned this. Did I mention that Governor McCrory and the legislature didn’t give teachers raises?)

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2 comments on “Rooting for Failure

  1. clarence swinney says:

    1980 to 2013 Fact Checker
    Reagan ruined the Savings and Loans. Got us involved in 5 foreign conflicts.
    Increased Spending by 80%. Increased Debt by 189%.
    Cut 218,000 jobs per month to 175,000.

    Bush I raised taxes to fight the Reagan inherited debt.
    Consequently, he lost to Clinton.

    Clinton signed off on NAFTA, Repeal of Glass Steagall, Modernization of the Commodities market, gave us a Surplus not a deficit. He got full employment by adding 237,000 jobs per month and, in one month, had a 3.9% unemployment. He increased the minimum wage.

    Bush II took the surplus and gave the rich a huge tax cut. Then, after 9-11 initiated the invasion and rebuilding of two nations. Both were financially destitute and practically unarmed nations.
    The world looked in horror and alienated 1500 Million muslims.
    He implemented Part D Medicare without funding it. He did not tax to support two wars.
    He increased Spending by 90%, Debt by 112% and took a surplus to a 1400B Deficit.

    Obama implemented an 800B Stimulus and payroll Tax Cut and added 30,000 soldiers to the Afghan war instead of withdrawing.

    In 33 years we went from a 600B Budget to 3900B. A 917B Debt to 16,700B. We added an average of 99,000 net new jobs per month from Carter’s 218,000 per month.
    There is plenty of mud to sling on each President.
    The Democrats held the House for 40 years prior to 1994 and helped created reasonable budgets.
    The Tea Party in the House ( David Koch funding) is correct on cutting government but off base on
    refusal to pay our bills with tax increases on Wealth. We must support our government with adequate revenue and since top 10% own most of the wealth they must help by paying a Fair Tax.

  2. clarence swinney says:

    1980 to 2013 Fact Checker
    Reagan ruined the Savings and Loans. Got us involved in 5 foreign conflicts.
    Increased Spending by 80%. Increased Debt by 189%.
    Cut 218,000 jobs per month to 175,000.

    Bush I raised taxes to fight the Reagan inherited debt.
    Consequently, he lost to Clinton.

    Clinton signed off on NAFTA, Repeal of Glass Steagall, Modernization of the Commodities market, gave us a Surplus not a deficit. He got full employment by adding 237,000 jobs per month and, in one month, had a 3.9% unemployment. He increased the minimum wage.

    Bush II took the surplus and gave the rich a huge tax cut. Then, after 9-11 initiated the invasion and rebuilding of two nations. Both were financially destitute and practically unarmed nations.
    The world looked in horror and alienated 1500 Million muslims.
    He implemented Part D Medicare without funding it. He did not tax to support two wars.
    He increased Spending by 90%, Debt by 112% and took a surplus to a 1400B Deficit.

    Obama implemented an 800B Stimulus and payroll Tax Cut and added 30,000 soldiers to the Afghan war instead of withdrawing.

    In 33 years we went from a 600B Budget to 3900B. A 917B Debt to 16,700B. We added an average of 99,000 net new jobs per month from Carter’s 218,000 per month.
    There is plenty of mud to sling on each President.
    The Democrats held the House for 40 years prior to 1994 and helped created reasonable budgets.
    The Tea Party in the House ( David Koch funding) is correct on cutting government but off base on
    refusal to pay our bills with tax increases on Wealth. We must support our government with adequate revenue and since top 10% own most of the wealth they must help by paying a Fair Tax.

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