NC GOP playground fight breaks out

The good ole boys are acting like little kids. The NC House and Senate budget bills clash and so do the House representatives and senators.

"Art Pope and Nelson Dollar’s latest budget gimmick fails to account for the state’s deteriorating Medicaid situation and could violate North Carolina’s constitutional requirement for a balanced budget,” Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca said in a news release.

In his own news release, Governor Pope responded, "I know you are, but what am I?". Dollar, meanwhile, called a press conference and shot back, "I'm rubber and you're glue Tom!"

Egged on by Senate president pro-am Phil Berger, who double-dog-dared Apodaca to fight Pope, Apodaca shouted, "Oh yeah?!?" while spinning slowly on the merry-go-round. Predictably, Dollar and Pope, contentedly bouncing up and down on the teeter-totter, responded in unison "Yeah!". This quickly degenerated into repetitions of the same chorus ("Oh, yeah?!?" "Yeah!!").

Apodaca, seeing an opening, changed the tenor of the debate by shouting, "My budget's better than your budget!" This was followed by repeated choruses of "Is not!" -- "Is so!"

In the end, nothing was settled and all the kids went home for supper. According to House and Senate calendars, the boys will reconvene today and switch tactics, with Apodaca leading with "So there, nyaah, nyaah" and Pope and Dollar responding with "Nanny nanny boo boo".

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Meanwhile

Thom Tillis, straining to be heard over the Apodaca-Pope-Dollar shouting match, complete with frequent rude noises, says no one is fighting.

"Anyone who reports there's a big gap between the House and Senate isn't paying attention," House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said at a joint news conference with Gov. Pat McCrory to which no senators were invited.

Hey, Thom, if you don't even invite the senators in to your secret clubhouse, that might be a sign that there's a big gap between you.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

NC budgets: the movie

In an attempt to show some level of support for NC filmmaking, state GOP leaders plan to make a movie about the competing budgets.

Titled "Extreme and Extremer", the video reportedly stars Jim Carrey as Apodaca, Jeff Daniels as Dollar, Charles Rocket as Pope and Mike Starr as Deputy Assistant Governor Pat McCrory.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis