Here we are trying to give away $250 to anyone who can demonstrate that Richard Burr has led something of significance in his 16 years in Congress, and after four long days, we've received only one entry that's even close to a legitimate contribution. Given that nearly 5,000 people check out BlueNC every week, I'm struck by the silence on this question.
So as part of Senator Burr's whitewashing of his record, his latest remark in the Asheville Citizen Times takes it to a new level, you could even call it a bald faced lie. A recent letter to the editor slammed Senator Burr for blocking unemployment benefits, and this week Senator Burr responded by calling the writer ‘uninformed’ about his stance on the issue:
We're out to discover a piece of significant legislation where Burr has been the out-front leader.
The person making the most compelling case showing how the Senator has led an important initiative in Congress will receive a $100 $250 reward. Please provide links to actual votes and final language of laws passed. We'll do a BlueNC community poll on the last day of August to determine the winner.
Thanks for helping us discover the truth. Please post your findings below.
Submitted by Elaine Marshall on Fri, 08/06/2010 - 1:35pm
Sam Stein's post on Huffington Post calls into question whether or not I'd like to see the President come to North Carolina. The post is well intentioned, I am sure, but my comments are taken a bit of context and blown up to a bigger story. The truth is:
I would welcome President Obama to North Carolina.
I would take the opportunity to thank him for endorsing legislation that would help small businesses and save 4,500 teacher jobs in North Carolina. I would also speak with him about ending the War in Afghanistan, and how Washington as a whole isn't responding to the needs of ordinary Americans.
Submitted by Hillbilly on Wed, 08/04/2010 - 12:14am
I am a longtime supporter of the Democratic Party and more recently a financial backer. I desperately want Elaine Marshall to win, but I cannot understand how her team has not figured out the internet.
She has not even posted a google ad when one searches for Richard Bur (as he has done if one searches for her). Her site is dull and lacks vigor. Cal Cunningham provided a much fresher approach and I think Elaine needs to get it going, now! Are there no savvy technology consultants on the beat?
I've got $2400 itching and ready to contribute, but I want to see a bit of basic effort.
Submitted by Elaine Marshall on Mon, 08/02/2010 - 10:36am
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sounded an important alarm this weekend saying:
"I'm desperately concerned about hundreds of teachers being laid off as we head into the fall."
I'm concerned about this too - and urge Senator Burr to take action today. The Senate will vote Monday on an amendment that would provide $300 million to North Carolina that will go to directly saving teacher jobs. All in all, that will amount to 4,500 educators being saved and keeping our schools running for another year.
The funds are completely paid for - offset by cuts that do not add to the deficit.
If there were such a thing as Chapter 11 for politicians, the Republican push to extend the unaffordable Bush tax cuts would amount to a bankruptcy filing.
If only the "filing" were limited to financial mismanagement, but unfortunately it extends to almost every aspect of governance we can imagine. The very same irresponsibility Republicans have shown on fiscal issues also extends bankrupt policies regarding personal freedoms, war, justice, and compassion. The only saving grace is that Republicans have misunderestimated the stupidity of Americans, thinking that average people would be willing to follow them down into the tea party toilet. When Democrats win in November it will be because Republican extremism has truly run amok.
The word in places like Raleigh and Chapel Hill was that if you needed help with a problem in Washington, call Sen. Richard Burr. He could cut through red tape, intervene with intransigent bureaucrats and help move things along.
Consider this an open invitation for anyone to come forward who has any evidence of Burr cutting through anything to do something of significance. Burr has been missing in action ... or at best he's been a Johnny-come-lately ... on every issue of any importance in recent history. I guess the Observer felt it needed to suck up to the slacker before asking him to actually do his freakin' job.
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