Saying Newt Gingrich is the best debater in the GOP primary race is like saying an elephant does a better cannonball than a mouse – sure, it’s true, but that really isn’t the point. The same can be said about what Newt keeps saying about President Obama: sure, more people are using food stamps than when he took office, but is that really the point?
No, it isnt’t, but it sure does get headlines. Newt’s newest attack ad glibly claims:
“The fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history ... I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness. And if that makes liberals unhappy, I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job and learn some day to own the job.”
Looking for some fun this morning in Charlotte? Join Action NC and partners in a mock funeral procession and press conference targeting Bank of America today. Participants will speak about devastating environmental, economic and social impacts Bank of America caused their communities. Speakers will announce plans for major protests at Bank of America shareholder conference next May. Topics include student debt, coal investments, foreclosures and widespread unemployment.
Bank of America tops all other institutions when it comes to foreclosing on America’s homes, investing in every sector of the polluting US coal industry, and wreaking havoc on the US economy. In response to these and other issues, activists from across the country will announce major protests planned during the week of the Bank of America Shareholders’ meeting in May 2012 in Charlotte.
Political decisions are driven in large part by emotion. The people vote by emotion, legislators vote with emotion, and before long we all need a good chat with a therapist to figure out what the heck is going on. I am not a therapist, but sometime the underlying symptoms are so obvious, even a layman can make the diagnosis. Ladies and gentleman, I’m afraid to say we have some trust issues.
How does that make you feel?
It’s really no wonder we don’t trust our representatives at the GA or in Congress – it’s not as if things have been working out too well for us lately. In a poll out yesterday, less than a quarter of respondents said they trust the General Assembly to make decision in the best interest of the state. Compare that to a recent nationwide poll that found that just over 10% of the population trust Congress, and it’s pretty clear that we have some problems.
If I’m a tad cranky this morning, please pardon my grumpiness – I was up all night at the General Assembly. Why, you may ask, was I there? Because the conservative-led majority in the House decided that they were going to go into session after midnight to consider a host of veto-overrides. While there were many possible choices, they ultimately voted to override only one veto – a law that prevents a paycheck deduction for NCAE donations from State employees.
Yea, because that was worth it.
You may not be familiar with this particular piece of legislation, since you were probably preoccupied with actual problems during the legislative session, but this is the conservative’s big labor-busting bill, designed to weaken one of the only unions with any muscle in the state, the teacher’s union. It’s a tab obscure to most folks, and it a purely political bill, as Speaker Tills stupidly admitted back in June.
Our old friends at the General Assembly will be back this afternoon, considering a veto override of SB9, the bill designed to gut the Racial Justice Act, which was vetoed by the Governor last month. All indications are that the override vote will fail, though there is a slim possibility that conservatives can figure out a way to get it through.
At the committee hearing held back in November considering SB 9, I had an opportunity to address the committee on behalf of Action NC and tell the members why we are against the repeal of the RJA. The District Attorney’s were the folks who were pushing this repeal, and it was apparent how desperate they were to get it through. My prepared comments are below, and I think they nicely summarize why the RJA needs to remain as and why the false arguments of the DA’s ring hollow.