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Over in Orange County the Democratic Commissioners would like to raise sales taxes, so there’s a referendum on the ballot on Election Day, which, normally, would lead to a fight between Democrats and Republicans – but that’s not how it works in Chapel Hill. Instead, the tax raisers have spared themselves a lot of strain – rather than campaigning to pass the referendum themselves they’re having local government do the heavy lifting.
 
Of course, the Chapel Hill politicians say, there’s not one thing political about local government spending $84,500 on a campaign to persuade people to vote to raise taxes. Instead, they say, it’s purely an eleemosynary endeavor undertaken to educate voters.
 
All that’s been a hard blow to the poor souls foolish enough not to want their taxes raised, and it may turn out to be a blow for the rest of us before all’s said and done. Because one sin has a way of begetting another. And there may be other politicians – say, legislators in Raleigh – watching and anytime now they may decide government running eleemosynary educational campaigns is a pretty fine idea. And they ought to be doing it too. On issues like Gay Marriage. Or their new abortion laws. Or why Obama’s Stimulus Plan fizzled.
 
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Keith Clark
# Keith Clark
Monday, November 07, 2011 11:32 AM
For those of us who didn't make 1600 on our SAT's the word
ELEEMOSYNARY means: of, relating to, or supported by charity. The word choice is not only applicable but also particularly fitting. The Orange County elites would consider it "charitable" to inform the lesser voting public about the high minded desires behind the tax increase. It is ironic, though, that the "alms" will be taken rather than given.
Carbine
# Carbine
Monday, November 07, 2011 2:54 PM
I hope they have the good sense not to replicate Chapel Hill's banana-republic crimes against democracy, but rather put some teeth into the current laws banning the use of public funds for political campaigns. There needs to be a quick and easy process by which citizens may request an immediate injunction against this garbage, with severe penalties levied against officials who defy the injunctions.

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