Elaine Mejia Gives Puppets an Economics Lesson

Elaine Mejia, the director of the NC Budget and Tax Center, has a short-but-excellent post up over at the Progressive Pulse. In the comments she responds to Max Borders, professional social-media mogul for the Puppetshow's Civitas Circus. This is the most compact and definitive rebuttal I've seen yet to the market-extremists' lying about North Carolina's tax policy toward businesses. Bookmark it.

Those pesky researchers at Ernst & Young and the Council on State Taxation have done it again. They simply refuse to develop a methodology for ranking state business tax burdens in such a way that North Carolina's ranking will come out where the state Chamber of Commerce and the free-market fundamentalist "think tanks" like to claim that it is - as in at the top of list.

BlueNC Blogger Bash Videos All in One Place

I'm leaving each video as an individual page, but have gathered them all here to save the front page from heavy load times. I can't thank of anyone who deserves the front page more than our own Mike Barrett who is running for the Board of County Commissioners in Person County. Go Mike, Go.

Mike Barrett, candidate for Person County Commission

Open Thread - 5/3/08

I bet we have a lot of bloggers out canvassing, putting up signs, making phone calls and standing the last day of early voting at the polls. Last night sounds like it was a rousing success. I wish I could have been there.

You Tube is down, so I'm not able to get anymore of the videos loaded. I'll keep trying and will move the diaries back to the front page to give our speakers some face time.

Here's a nice clean open thread.

The Univer$ity of North Carolina

From time to time, Art Pope has been known to throw his money in the direction of UNC campuses in hopes of bringing a free-market bent to their programs. It's part of a larger pattern - the corporatization of higher education in North Carolina - and it's disturbing. Drive around the Chapel Hill campus and you'll see first hand the big bucks spent by big companies to get their names in front of students, faculty and staff around the clock. There's the FedEx Global Education Center, the GlaxoSmithKline Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, just to name a couple.

And then there's this news about the Hamner Institute, which has recently generated a flurry of concerns about the Selling of UNC. This came by email.


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