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Raising the Debt Ceiling: When Ideology Meets Reality

Jul 14, 2011   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

With dialog on Capital Hill being next to impossible, Senator Minority Leader McConnell has put forth a plan to allow the president to raise the debt ceiling to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations. The politics are dangerous and the reasons for the ‘no compromise’ position on increasing taxes on upper level income are baseless. Finally, shame on Fox News for so effectively poisoning the well with conspiracy theories and distortions during economically tough times that all but destroyed the opportunity for reasonable dialog and compromise.

Guns, Alcohol and Legislation Part 2: Commerce and Opt-In

Jul 7, 2011   //   Politics  //  37 Comments

Legislation in North Carolina that would allow individuals with concealed carry permits to bring loaded guns into restaurants and bars should also contain an ‘Opt-In’ provision so that visitors to the state, who would not be familiar with state law, can make a fully informed decision regarding which establishments they would enter.

Guns, Alcohol and Legislation in North Carolina

Jun 27, 2011   //   Politics  //  3 Comments

It is difficult to envision how pending legislation in North Carolina, that would permit concealed weapons into eating and drinking establishments, would promote the general welfare and safety of its citizenry.

Filibuster: Make a Minority Pick Its Battles Carefully

Jan 28, 2011   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

Reinstating the requirement to occupy the floor during a filibuster would make a minority choose its battles carefully.

Job-Killing or Job-Destroying Healthcare Law? Missing the Larger Point

Jan 19, 2011   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

During economically troubled times when individuals and families are suffering, the unilateral application of the term ‘job-killling’ to the Healthcare Law repeal bill, without debate, is irresponsible and increases the risk of hostile public behavior.

A Dangerous Political Double Standard: Workplace vs Public Environment

Jan 14, 2011   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

Law requires employers to maintain a workplace environment that is free of intimidating and threatening behavior. Yet, the rhetoric and actions of lawmakers, political candidates and pundits have fostered a hostile environment that threatens the safety of our citizens.

An Open Letter to Representative Boehner and Senator McConnell

Dec 15, 2010   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

This letter was sent to the offices of Representative Boehner and Senator McConnell requesting that they provide explanation to the public on several issues regarding their tax policy and recent legislative tactics.

Eight Reasons Why the Bush Tax Cuts to the Wealthiest Should Expire

Nov 9, 2010   //   Politics  //  4 Comments

After 30 years of creating large deficits through tax cut legislation (Starving the Beast), often to the detriment of our economy and jobs growth, Republicans are getting closer to their goal of reducing the size of government through sharp cuts to our entitlement programs.

We Drove Up National Debt to Support Tax Cuts to the Wealthy Who Invested the Money Abroad

Oct 29, 2010   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

While the wealthy and ‘Wall Street’ were creating jobs abroad and making handsome profits from foreign investment using money our country borrowed to support their tax cuts, business investment and jobs growth in the US languished during the GW Bush years and future generations have been saddled with the debt.

Tea Party Hypocrisy

Oct 18, 2010   //   Politics  //  2 Comments

Despite the Tea Party’s outcry against federal deficits, debt, and the size of government, this is the very same crowd that voted down budget surpluses, smaller government, and secured entitlement programs in 2000 in exchange for unfunded supply-side tax cut policies that had already quadrupled the national debt between 1981-1992. This movement is not, nor has it ever been about debt, deficits, taxes or healthcare. It is conservative America raging against a changing America, and this movement is being gamed by both Fox News and politicians for political and financial gain.

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The Cruelty of NCs House Bill 2

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 is fundamentally flawed. Quite the opposite of legislators bogus claims that public facility non-discrimination laws create safety concerns from sexual predators, the law actually increases the risk of abuse, both verbal and physical, to the already vulnerable transgender population. Further, in the state of NC that houses the Research Triangle Park and multiple world class medical institutions, legislators have pandered to religious factions and organizations that have stigmatized, ostracized and even demonized transgenders, some of whom suffer from a recognized medical diagnosis. The situation for transgendered youth is particularly grave, a population that already suffers a high rate of both abuse and suicide attempts. The law is cruel and untenable from both business and civil/human rights perspectives, and should be repealed.

NC’s Anti-LGBT Law and the Legislature: Little Business Sense

In this published Letter to the Editor (Raleigh N&O), powerful members of the North Carolina legislature have demonstrated little understanding of the importance of customer retention in building the business base of the state.

North Carolina’s LGBT Discrimination Law HB2: Its Folly and Motivation

By using sex on a birth certificate to define sexual identity, NC’s legislature and governor have shown much ignorance about the complexities of biologic diversity. But it is the pandering to LGBT hate groups by ranking members of the GOP at both the national and state level that reveals the underlying discrimination that motivated the law.

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The Year the GOPs Con Game was Exposed

The GOP’s decision to reinstate tax cut policy in 2001 exposed their hand. It was not about deficit reduction, growing the economy, or job creation. It was about ideology and, no doubt, special interests. It was a backdoor approach where government revenue was cut in an attempt to curtail spending on popular programs they otherwise could not take head-on. This while obstructing the work of Congress, spinning a web of deceit about the benefits of their policy, and weakening our country’s financial standing. It’s time to play hardball during ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations and force them to be specific about what spending cuts they are talking about to offset the tax benefits they wish to preserve for the wealthiest. They wouldn’t have the nerve.