Cancerous hypocrisy

This morning’s Weekly Briefing looks at a seemingly innocuous, but in reality quite cynical and hypocritical bill under consideration at the General Assembly this week on the subject of breast and cervical cancer.

The bill would add another “check-off” section to individual state income tax returns in which taxpayers could designate part or all of their tax refunds (and even more money, if they so choose) to the Cancer Prevention and Control Branch of the Division of Public Health of the state Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, the forms have such a line that allows for a donation to the N.C. Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund.

To see why in the heck anti-government conservatives would be advancing a bill to promote voluntary income tax hikes to support a classic, “socialistic” safety net program, click here.


  1. Nell

    March 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Why is this hypocritical? Why is a donation to a state in deep debt, where there are deep budget cuts to various agencies, “socialistic?” Please explain further. Thank you.

  2. Nell

    March 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Why are you removing my comment? It was polite.

  3. Rob Schofield

    March 2, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Your comment was not removed. Not sure what you mean by that.

    The point of the article is that it’s hypocritical to slash spending for all sorts of equally worthy human service programs, deride them as socialistic and then turn around and select one program of this very kind for special public treatment and appropriations.

    Essential social services should not be provided like they are mere charity and dependent upon the largesse of individual taxpayers.

  4. Nell

    March 4, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I understand what you are saying now. I thought my comment was removed. Yes, it is not just to slash spending for all equally worthy human service programs. This is a wonderful site. Please keep it going.

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