As the DTH reported recently, North Carolina is projected to have, as of the beginning of this fiscal year, a 4.5 billion dollar deficit and is 6.7 million dollars in debt. Fascinating since for the past three years North Carolina has had budget surpluses. I suppose the trick is to add programs and spending during the good times and cry about it during recessions.
The John W. Pope Civitas Institute is reporting on 1.1 billion dollars in earmarks and pork including money spent on a park in Fayetteville, a museum of forestry, and a horse complex to name merely a few of unnecessary spending items. Meanwhile Purdue and her friends added $870 million in taxes and fees (short of Purdue’s requested 1.5 billion) to your expenses.
Hey, General Assembly, if you haven’t noticed unemployment is at 11.1 percent, the fifth highest in the nation. I garun-dadgum-tee you that raising taxes will not improve the situation. Meanwhile the House just passed a 1,201 page “climate bill” that basically no one has read (especially considering that three-hundred pages were apparently added last night at 3 am) that will raise energy prices. Indeed, the Democrats admit as much, making it the thrust of their entire argument (listen to Obama say it will raise your energy prices here). Hey, Obama and most every Dem on Capitol Hill along with about 8 or so Republican congressmen, unemployment is at the highest it has been in America for 20 years or so. I assure you raising our energy prices will not aid the situation.
The Democrats in Raleigh and in Washington (along with the “protestors” in both cities who demanded higher taxes) are sending a signal that they are the party of anti-American dream. Well at least they are honest about it. Bottom line: Democrats, shape up your disgusting party. Republicans: don’t settle for another McCain or others like him. I kind of like the idea of growing up and having private property mean something in this country.