A recent study from the NC Public Interest Research Group shows that North Carolina is being cheated out of $61 million of tax revenue because corporations use tax loopholes and tax shelters to avoid paying their fair share of NC taxes. Taking in less money has consequences, of course:
In North Carolina, that $61 million would be enough to pay the salaries of 1,300 more teachers or cover the in-state tuition and fees for nearly 3,780 students at N.C. State University, a news release from NCPIRG says.
“Tax dodging is not a victimless offense,” Kalila Zunes-Wolfe, a program associate with the organization, says. “When corporations skirt taxes, the public has to make up the difference. That means higher taxes for average taxpayers or cuts to public programs.”
Thirteen legislators, all Republicans, have tried to quash subpoenas requiring them to produce any documents they created or received concerning the “rationale, purpose and implementation” of House Bill 589.
Sen. Phil Berger, leader of the state Senate, was among the group, as was Thom Tillis, the speaker of the House. Others include Sen. Bob Rucho of Mecklenburg County, Rep. Ruth Samuelson of Mecklenburg, Rep. Larry Pittman of Concord and Rep. David Lewis, the Harnett County Republican who helped lead the 2011 redrawing of legislative and congressional districts being challenged in court.
“But if this is passed,” asked Sen. Bob Rucho, a Mecklenberg County Republican, “what would be the procedure, and what would be required of North Carolina?”
The proposal is far from a done deal in Washington. Should it get approval, it would be up to executive leaders in the state to set up the system to get these federal benefits paid out. State leaders say this could be cumbersome.
“Sometimes people confuse the words simple and easy,” said Dale Folwell, Assistant Sectary of Commerce. “They are not the same words.”
Okay, how about "deceptive" or "incompetent"? ESC/DES has already been administering these Federal UI benefits for years, and now you posturing buffoons are acting like this is some new thing. If DAG McCrory were anything but a figurehead Governor, he would ask Folwell, "What's so hard about restarting a program that ran smoothly before?"
Last week, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum equated Obamacare with Apartheid. This week, state Sen. Bob Rucho joined others who have equated Obamacare to Nazism (among other evils). Their obvious purpose is to inflame an uninformed electorate to be against something using terms representing atrocities. While imperfect, complex and rolled out poorly, to equate something that is trying to help people gain access to healthcare insurance as akin to Apartheid and Nazism portrays ignorance or deception.
Not sure we need to pick. Ignorance and deception probably share equal credit for this effort to enflame, and Rucho's obstinacy in refusing to apologize is evidence he realizes he was guilty of both.
Submitted by sparks1957 on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:04am
Bob Rucho’s recent comments concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are par for the course. While his GOP and their Ultra Conservative and Radical Right Wing faction, the Tea Party offer nothing but obstructionism and little substance on healthcare reform, they are content to punish North Carolinas with their Texas style politics. Gerrymandering and the systematic shredding of voter rights are tactics more in line with the comments he made about the Affordable Care Act. The politics practiced by Governor McCrory’s “band of brothers” steadily erode years of progress made in North Carolina. That progress has made North Carolina one of the most sought after locations to live in the nation. With pristine beaches, beautiful mountains and wonderful hospitality, North Carolina is a piece of heaven on earth. But for residents of North Carolina, those days are numbered if the current political policies continue.
The guy is loving all the attention, be it good, bad or ugly. Fifteen minutes of fame on the global stage. He's arrived.
Sadly, a quarter of our state's citizens think "he's da' man" for standing up to all you pinko commie liberals.
He won't back down. He can't back down. His ego is wrapped up in playing the fool. It's time to relegate him to the long line of bigots for whom we have to apologize. Sorry world. It's on us that we elected such an idiot to the General Assembly.
North Carolina deserves a permanent spot on the Daily Show.
You’re a two-bit hustler that would sell snake-oil to his dying mother. A cheap carpet-bagger from New York with a greasy suit, Mafioso hair, and without a shred of common decency.
We get it Rucho. We are the kind of people you don’t notice or want to deal with on a daily basis. You like to spend your time with cynical politicians, cash money donors, and the kind of ideologues you’ve been able to con into believing your unmitigated crap. I grew up priming tobacco in the Summer sun and feeding cows and hogs in Stokes County. I’ve been around enough barns to know horse shit when I smell it.
As we honor President John F. Kennedy today, Bob Rucho tarnishes JFK's memory by repeating the currently fashionable right-wing talking point that JFK was actually a conservative -- but Bob goes so far as to say that JFK would have founded the tea party.
JFK could have been the founder and leader of the Tea Party. The real democrat party has been hijacked.
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