Civitas continues its crusade against Gene Nichol

Like a pit bull, only stupider:

RALEIGH – Following a public records request, the Civitas Institute has published a new report that it says has revealed that the UNC Poverty Center used public resources to host a closed event which was political in nature and appears to have been blatantly partisan, in violation of the state laws on open government. A press release from Civitas goes on to say that “further review of the Poverty Center will likely show that North Carolina taxpayers have been subsidizing political organizing and activism, not higher education.

Tell you what, Francis: I might be willing to concede some of your points, if you and your colleagues had not been completely silent on the worst open government failure of the decade:

"Among those expected to attend, according to organizers: State Budget Director Art Pope, economic adviser Tony Almeida, Department of Revenue Chief Operating Officer Jeff Epstein and Assistant Secretary of Employment Security Dale Folwell."

The fact that these donors get access while remaining anonymous is a blatant attempt to dodge North Carolina's lobbying laws, and should be investigated vigorously, and not just by media outlets. Either the Ethics Commission or the State Auditor, if not the Department of Justice itself. The longer this group operates in the shadows, the more our government is suborned in ways we cannot fathom.

And just to say it, for the President of JW Pope Civitas to accuse somebody else of "blatantly partisan behavior" is such a perfect example of "pot-calling-the-kettle-black" that we may need to change that age-old adage to "Pope-puppet-calling-the-progressive-partisan", or something along those lines.


Is it narcissism

when you quote yourself? That's a rhetorical question, people. Of course it is.

There's a reason for this, teddy

Democrats see the poor as people that need help in breaking the grip of poverty and being given a step up and a helping hand by government. Civitas wants to see government working in that direction as well ?, not believing that poverty can be eliminated by government but can be changed in a very big way by eliminating many of the mitigating factors that cause it in the first place.

Republicans see the poor as a drag on our economy and government and taxpayers. They believe that because the poor don't participate in a big way into commerce and don't spend, they're not an important part of society and as such, shouldn't be taking the tax dollars that can be used to create and grow more and more wealth for themselves.

It really isn't hard to see why liberals attend these things and conservatives don't.

Conservatives are fundamentally mean, venal and vindictive

DeLuca makes me ashamed that I served for 24 years. It is people like him and Jerry Boykin (Jesus is coming back with an AR 15, etc. that make me despair of hope for the species.

I sort of agree with JFK:

“If by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal", then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” JFK

Gene Nichol has more morals and character than DeLuca will ever know about. Been reading Locke and Civitas for a long, long time. So far their extremism has not been main stream, that changed with the advent of Governor Pope, who bought the NCGA and his errand boy McCroney.

I always took these clowns seriously concerning what they would do if they got a majority! I wish other Democrats and other concerned folks had paid much more attention. Now, we got a cluster of 25 semis and they intend to further punish NC. All you folks beating up on Voller keep on if you want these fools legislating more bad stuff.