Joe McLaughlin’s Monday Morning Memo

This post is cross-posted from the Brock Log.

Onslow Commissioner, and Republican Congressional candidate, Joe McLaughlin writes a "Monday Morning Memo" each week. This week, McLaughlin takes aim at Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.'s vote on the "Protect America Act" or Senate Bill 1927.

Says McLaughlin in his Monday Morning Memo:

Treasurer trove redux

It's official. Michael Weisel has joined the chase to fill the job Richard Moore will be leaving.

Raleigh attorney Michael Weisel has added his name to the growing list of candidates to succeed Richard Moore as state treasurer. Weisel announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination over the weekend. If elected, Weisel said, he would retain the state’s top credit rating while protecting the $75 billion government employee pension funds and promote financial literacy among children.

Impeachment redux

I've had more calls and emails on this issue than anything I've posted in the past year. Which only serves to underscore the passion people feel about the criminals in the White House. What to do about those criminals, however, is where the Democratic Party diverges from itself.

More below the fold . . .

Puppets & Paving

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The Stage Manager at the John Locke Puppetshow is in rare form today, exhorting leaders in the Old North State to not only build more highways, but to privatize them as well. There's some merit to his suggestions, which I'll leave you to discern for yourself, but I have to point out yet another dash of irony in Mr. Hood's rhetoric.

Fairly early in the deliberations, expect some opportunistic politician or interest group to play the xenophobia card. Because most of the companies with expertise in public-private tollway projects are overseas, the argument will be made that North Carolina should not let “its” roadways be “taken over” by “foreigners.” It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book, if you’re reading the how-to manual for economic stagnation, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work on the gullible – of which North Carolina has, I fear, no shortage.

The Asphalt King is at it again

According to the Blue Ridge Now news:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Fred Smith kicked off a 100-county barbecue tour in Western North Carolina this week. The state senator said the tour is an effort to listen and learn about issues and concerns affecting the people of North Carolina.
Smith grew up in a Raleigh orphanage, where his mother was a housekeeper and his father worked as a teacher. A successful businessman and attorney, Smith started his political career as a Jackson County commissioner and is now a three-term state senator.
He touts his experience as a businessman and said the governor must be fiscally responsible. Smith said the Legislature, which is controlled by the Democratic Party, has grown government 20 percent during the last two years, taking too much money from taxpayers.

There he goes with the orphanage spiel again. Poor Fred can't bring himself to stop trying to get sympathy for almost being an orphan. And then there's the "taking too much money from taxpayers" rhetoric. How come Fred never explains that his own damn businesses take tens of millions of dollars from taxpayers to do road construction every single year?

Unilateral Approach To Multilateralism?

Do you remember back in high school when someone had painstakingly planned a social get-together, only to have some debutante decide at the last minute that she wanted to also have a party on the same night? Of course it was petty, selfish and narcissistic, but everything's fair in love, war and popularity contests, right?

While it doesn't surprise me that our silver spoon-fed Executive would think along these petty lines, especially in light of the exclusivity he and his administration have operated under from day one, there are some get-togethers that need to be attended by all, and not watered down in one-upmanship.

Follow me down below the digital fold for a minute. You can go to the other party later.

Cross-posted from dailykos

NC Republicans in Congress Not Conservative with your Tax Dollars

The Winston Salem Journal has a piece up today about how North Carolina's 13 members of congress utilize their office budgets. First sentence:

WASHINGTON - Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th, bought a flat-screen television for $2,020.

So, Patty Mac says he is using his television for live town halls. I thought the in thing with the Republicans were the tele town halls which use the telephone, not the television.


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