Submitted by Robert P. on Thu, 08/24/2006 - 5:53am
UPDATE: Larry seems to be up around 157 donors now, which ties him with Courage and keeps him ahead of Seals, and I believe moves him ahead of Linda Stender.At the netroots page they are currently listing the candidates based on the NUMBER of donations, not the amount. Here we made a big deal of getting Larry on the list and now he is nearly in last place. Only Dan Seals from IL is doing more poorly. Is that the way we represent in North Carolina? The guy WE think should be on the netroots page ends up in last? I don't think so. Look, I'm as tapped as anyone right now, but I'll repeat what Chris Bowers says over at MyDD:
Whatever you can give, even if it is just $5, makes a big difference.
So, that's what I'm going to do. It's time for another edition of Pizza for Progressive, Time to Raise the Dough. I'm giving up all coffee purchases and making a donation instead. How about you?
Submitted by crowbar317 on Thu, 08/24/2006 - 12:58am
Virginia Foxx has this to say on her website:
"My Democrat opponent does not understand the threat that illegal immigration poses on our security and our way of life. He and I strongly disagree on how to address this issue. My opponent proudly supports giving citizenship to illegal immigrants as a way to secure our borders. I believe those who break the law to come to America should not be rewarded for it. He is simply out of touch on the issue of illegal immigration and every other issue that is important to the people of the 5th district."
Submitted by Robert P. on Wed, 08/23/2006 - 7:38pm
John Hood recently wrote a piece about...well, I don't know what it was supposed to be about, but this is what he said.
Because we have taxpayer-financed programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, obesity is a major public-policy issue. Unfortunately, what you do with – and to – your own body is no longer just your own business, because your poor choices can impose tremendous costs on others without their consent. Those who profess to care about personal autonomy in such matters are often noticeably silent about this point, but it is inescapable. The welfare state puts freedom at odds with fairness. Your freedom to overeat or get no exercise is unfair to me if I am forced to finance the treatment of the consequences.
The truth about the costs of healthcare after the break.
Submitted by TarGator on Wed, 08/23/2006 - 10:47am
Anglico linked to this strange article by everyone's favorite arch-conservative John Hood that decries public transportation because it is not proven to lower obesity levels. (WTF: I guess he just needed some strawman today) But I only had to read his openning sentence to see his true uncaring character:
Because we have taxpayer-financed programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, obesity is a major public-policy issue.
You see John Hood, and others on the extreme far right with him, only thinks that the health of citizens is important when it somehow affects their personal pocketbook. To me working for the common good, including good health, is a fundamental public policy position that should be pursued regardless of whether I personally see a benefit from it or not.
I thought I was in the Twilight Zone this morning when I read this editorial in the News and Observer cautioning against selling land that has been acquired to support long term transit planning.
Linking fast-growing Wake, Durham and Orange counties and beyond with fast, cheap (and less-polluting) mass transit realistically is a when, not an if. But the only revenue now set aside for a system is a 5 percent tax on car rentals.
From its start in 1998, the tax has raised far less than expected or hoped for -- just $7 million last year, for a project whose total cost has been put at $810 million. Yet state Sen. Neal Hunt of Raleigh, for one, says collection of the tax probably should be halted until a new plan is adopted. He also suggests that the authority sell some of the land it has bought for rail stops and development around them.
As a back-sliding Baptist, I often find myself confronted by the passion of Theocrats who want to inject god into our state's public institutions. And not just on the fright wing fringe. There are plenty of people on all sides of the political spectrum who happily ground their political arguments in religious doctrine and dogma. This kind of thinking, for example, fully explains the NC legislature's recent decision to require the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.
In recent months, I've been trying to frame a coherent response to the steady stream of claims that god is somehow on 'our' side because he (yes, he) had the ear of the founding fathers. Fortunately, that response has already been written by a person much more eloquent than I. His name is Paul Kurtz, and he has a thoughtful article on the website for Council for Secular Humanism. This is as complete a statement for keeping god out of government as I have ever seen. Consider this excerpt:
Submitted by Gordon Smith on Tue, 08/22/2006 - 8:50pm
Over 400 people weathered a steady downpour outside Henderson County Democratic Party Headquarters to hear John Edwards urge voters to work hard for Heath Shuler. I arrived a couple minutes late to the 12:30 p.m. affair, which also served as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, the Housing Assistance Corp. and the Mainstay women’s shelter. The rain was falling, but everyone stuck around to hear Heath Shuler talk about his plan to offer $1,500 tax credits to first time home buyers and to hear John Edwards talk about Shuler and a better America.
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