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NC GOP (Grifters of Persuasion)

“The debate in the 1970s was whether the party was moderate or conservative,” (Tom) Fetzer said. “That debate ended some time ago. Every Republican is conservative batshit crazy. It’s just a question of how far are you willing to go to fight for conservative batshit crazy principles and values.”

Well said, Tom. In the 1970's, Jesse Helms was evolving into the most racist, bigoted, hardcore, right-wing fringe politician in the south. One would think that invoking the name of Reagan ad nauseum would be better served by invoking the name of Helms. Rob Christensen's article in today's N&O shows why.

Burr stumping again for his ACA alternative

Senator Richard Burr (R-Land of Make Believe) is on the stump again flogging the dead horse of the ACA alternative proposed by he and some other Republican Senators and backed by the Koch stinktank machine.

Meanwhile, with all the actors and misleading stories used in ads to bash the Affordable Care Act, Mother Jones wonders if anyone is actually being harmed by the law.

Will any media outlet actually challenge Burr to produce a fully documented case of someone being harmed by the ACA that can stand up to scrutiny?

Zombie Reagan stalks the N&O editorial pages

Courtesy of the John Locke Foundation:

Republicans historically have been the party of low taxes. That stance has served the party well, and because of Reagan and Kemp it resulted in 25 years of record economic growth for America...Don’t play the president’s class warfare game on taxes, and question why bloated and duplicative government programs need more money, especially when the nation has incurred a $16 trillion debt that is growing daily.

What this puppet fails to mention (of course) is that Reagan increased the public debt more than all 200 years-worth of previous Presidents combined. Something like 189% if memory serves. Which makes this foray into the land of hyperbole even more laughable:

So, who are the welfare junkies?

So much misdirected anger.

Over at Daily Kos, Zwoof has seen a rash of chain emails about “welfare junkies” who are “drug-fueled slackers.” Obligingly, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has introduced the Welfare Reform Act of 2011 to discipline deadbeats on food stamps.

This is old news. It is Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queens” (1976) revisited. It is the Lee Atwater/Roger Ailes revolving door, “Willie Horton” campaign ads from 1988. It is the right blaming hurricane victims in New Orleans’ poor Lower Ninth Ward in 2005 for not leaving town in their SUVs and checking into Shreveport or Dallas hotels until Hurricane Katrina blew herself out. It is conservatives blaming the 2008 financial meltdown on the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act. The government, you see, forced private mortgage lenders and Wall Street to fatten themselves on CDOs built from the “liar loans” they invented and sold to shiftless poor people. In the United Kingdom, it is BBC’s 2010 “The Scheme,” a series critics described as “poverty porn,” depicting welfare recipients that London’s tabloid Daily Mail calls “welfare junkies” (Well, what do you know?) and “foul-mouthed, lazy scroungers, cheats, layabouts, drunks, drug addicts” leeching off “the goodwill of taxpayers.”

Ringleader of Party of Five, James Crawford raised money for Burr & Dole

In recent days, longserving Democrat, James W. Crawford of Oxford in Granville County has attained a new and shocking level of notoriety as the ringleader of the infamous Party of Five collaborators who voted with the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. The poisonous fruit of this nefarious conspiracy will impose a disastrous budget featuring draconian cuts of $900 million to the University of North Carolina as well as slashing funds for Planned Parenthood and Medicaid in what many now see as a political pact with the devil.

While the Party rank and file is stunned to see senior Democrat Crawford openly conspiring with Republicans to topple the bright, shining edifice of public instruction built by progressive Democratic leaders in the mold of Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt, little is generally known about his political ideology and his personal background. Crawford's background is a fascinating case of political devilry.

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