Poor Puppetmaster

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Of the many ironies swirling around the Art Pope Puppetshow, their non-profit (and presumably non-partisan) status is among the most amusing. For a bunch of guys who can't string ten words together without saying "free market," the organization is bereft of leaders who know anything about making business in general and making a profit in particular. The Patron Saint of the Puppetshow himself inherited all his money from his daddy, and he happily passes it along to the John Locke underlings, all relying on other people's money (OPM) to fuel their crusade.

So imagine my surprise today when John Hood, Stagemanager at the Puppetshow, gets all gushy and philosophical about fighting for freedom. Even more exciting, you too can fight for freedom right alongside the Puppets, simply by clicking on this page and contributing some of your hard-earned money to their cause.

Dole's Dumb Idea

Our Very Senior Senator Elizabeth Dole is weighing in on the issue of defense spending, as part of the most recent Republican surge in driving the deficit to ever-dizzying heights.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole wants to spend more on defense. Dole, a Salisbury Republican, has introduced a resolution calling on Congress to spend at least 4 percent of the country's gross domestic product on the defense budget.

Greensboro City Clerk Attempts to Thwart Minimum Wage Effort

On Monday, December 3, the Greensboro Minimum Wage Committee (of which I am a member) presented a petition to the Greensboro city clerk asking that, in accordance with the City Charter, the City Council adopt an ordinance raising the minimum wage for all employees in the city to $9.36 per hour or submit it to the voters in the next citywide election. $9.36 is the equivalent, in today's dollars, of the purchasing power of the federal minimum wage in 1968, which is the highest purchasing power the minimum wage has had in US history.


Lately, I've mostly ignored John Hood, Stagemanager at the Art Pope Puppetshow. Hood is a hard-core proponent of free-market extremism, whose disdain for government knows no bounds. So why am I acknowledging Hood's unfortunate existence today? Because I want you to understand the utter lack of integrity with which the Puppetshow operates.

As prelude, there is one thing you should know. The Stagemanager and his not-for-profit minions are part of a political operation dedicated to helping the Republican Party grow in North Carolina. Each and every action and "report" produced by the Puppetshow is designed to prepare the ground for Republican electoral victories. Which brings me to John Hood's sad little column today. Here's the teaser:

By blithely ignoring common sense and essentially accusing the majority of North Carolinians of bigotry, immigration-rights advocates are doing their charges no favors.

Ah yes, the magical sleight of hand made possible only through the use of the word "essentially." Without a shred of evidence to support his assertion, Hood drives the latest Republican wedge, pushing it deep into the heart of North Carolina's electorate. In doing so, he accuses both Erskine Bowles and Mike Easley of calling their opponents bigots. That opening insult is but one among many misrepresentations of truth in Hood's column today. None of us should be surprised. Mr. Hood is, after all, essentially a liar. To my knowledge.


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This was one crazy and exciting day. Jane, my usual partner in partying, was stuck in Miami, so I had to be Mr. Sociable all by my lonesome at our fundraiser for Jim Neal. But I'll tell you what, it was a good one.

Here's a quick report:

I got the chance to finally meet Marshall Adame, and I already owe him a big apology. I forgot to introduce him as an honored guest when I was welcoming everyone to the event. I'm sorry Marshall. But just so everyone doesn't think I'm a total schmuck, I suspect Marshall met everyone anyway. He definitely knows how work the crowd.

Jim Neal gave a rousing speech and won over a number of folks who came to size him up. This guy is great at retail politics. Good solid answers to good questions on energy, immigration, and Bush's War, in particular.

A big highlight for me was the significant blogger turn-out, not just BlueNC regulars. Brian, Brunette, Chun Yang (thanks for the banana nut bread!), Graig, Lanya, Lee, Molly, MojoMom, Ruby , Steve, and Will.


Please be sure to read Gordon Smith's write-up from Jim's visit to Asheville. Gordon did a much better job than I in covering comments Jim made.


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