posted on April 27, 2012 13:48
Following is Justin’s response to my blog (see below) about his N&O op-ed:
“Thanks for taking an interest in my op-ed. Here is my take on your questions:
“First, I disagree that progressive politics are not business friendly. The current Republican leadership has taken us so far to the right that we need a shift to the left just to keep from scaring off business. Look at all the CEOs speaking out against Amendment One recently. Education, in particular our universities, is another example of progressive policy that is also business friendly.
“Second, my critique is not of the progressive/business coalition, age or even ideology. It's about a lack of vision. For too long, Democrats have been too worried about the next election to stand for anything big and bold. That formula isn't working.
“McCrory is up in the polls by double digits and it looks like the GOP will control the legislature for the next decade. North Carolina Democrats need to do something different, because what they are doing right now isn't working. That a Chicago politician named Barack Obama is leading polls in North Carolina, while our local Democratic candidates for Governor are losing is very telling. That said, the Democratic nominee will have time to confound expectations.
“Age does play a role in my critique, because young people naturally have a longer-term view of the challenges we face and are more willing to take chances. But there are plenty of politicians who think that way in their 40s, 50s or 60s. I cited tax modernization in the op-ed. That's not particularly liberal or conservative, but it is a long-term solution to a big problem. North Carolina Democrats would be better served giving some new blood a chance, regardless of their age."
Friday, April 27, 2012 5:00 PM
Let's "pick apart" what is being said here:
First: "The current Republican leadership has taken us so far to the right that we need a shift to the left just to keep from scaring off business." - So, that would be reducing the corporate taxation rate, right? I mean, Justin believes that increasing corporate taxation will bring more businesses into North Carolina? Yeah...right.
Second: "McCrory is up in the polls by double digits and it looks like the GOP will control the legislature for the next decade. North Carolina Democrats need to do something different, because what they are doing right now isn't working. That a Chicago politician named Barack Obama is leading polls in North Carolina, while our local Democratic candidates for Governor are losing is very telling. That said, the Democratic nominee will have time to confound expectations." - North Carolina Democrats need to be sure they are "business-friendly" and they need to be sure they do whatever is necessary to maintain the "balanced budget" requirement in the NC Constitution without taking away from actual citizens so as to give taxpayer's money to non-citizens". Not a tough thing to grasp. Barack Obama and his ilk are all about giving away taxpayer funds that illegal immigrants have more and better health care and more and better housing and food supplements than our own citizens with less requirements to secure them. "Expectations", as said here, are about more entitlements paid for by more taxation. It just isn't something that can be argued.
Lastly, what has been happening in NC and everywhere in the U.S. is that our young people are being indoctrinated into believing that the "poor" and the "indigent" and those that do not strive to be responsible for themselves and those that they are responsible for should receive government entitlements to "help" them do that. How many of us that are in our older years haven't had to work two jobs to succeed? How many of us older folks haven't gone through ridiculously tough times only to come through them by doing so many things we didn't really want to do? The vision of the "progressives" and the Obamabots is to make sure no person in America has to struggle or endure tough times because there are people in our country that are doing very well for themselves and, by God, they should pay "extra" so that more can be doled out to those that want to have what isn't earned. If Obama wins the next election....trust me, all....this is how it will come down. And, when people like Gary and others that are well-healed start having some of their wealth taxed and taken away from them, they'll never say it but they'll know they've supported the wrong path for our country.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 5:26 PM
The old Democratic paradigm is broken beyond repair. For the time being Democrats in this state will continue to dominate those urban pockets peopled by minorities and university hires, while the Republicans will run the state. "Pro-business" Democrats will try to hang on, but they will lose out because from now on they will be a distinct minority in their own party, neither supported nor appreciated by the radical left majority, which will provide the party's leadership. That's a recipe for a permanent rump party, and that's fine with me.