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Just when you thought the GOP legislature couldn’t get any slimier…

Conservative Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly  took things to a new level of of Machiavellian, ends-justify-the-means, no-holds-barred nastiness early this morning. After failing to muster the votes to override the Governor’s veto of the Racial Justice Act repeal, they “adjourned” the special session and then called another one at 1:00 a.m. to override another veto — this one of a bill that would prevent the North Carolina Association of Educators from collecting dues from members via payroll deduction.

Perdue and the NCAE both questioned the constitutionality of the action. Whether or not they are right, however, it’s clear that the action was underhanded and slimy and but the latest in a long series of acts that continue to take the state down a very dangerous path.

I’ve complained in this space before that the conservative economic vision is to turn our country into a banana republic on steroids.  It now appears that they have the same vision for the mechanisms of government itself as well.

(The is post has been updated. The original blamed just the House Republicans for this morning’s treachery. Obviously, the Senate was fully complicit as well. The headline and first sentence now reflect this fact).  

6 Comments


  1. Nonanonymous

    January 5, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Banana Republics are what happens when socialist welfare states fail. Central planning (socialism) doesn’t work, look it up, neither does welfare (paying people to not work) doesn’t work, see Jamestown.

    Regardless of the cause, or whether you agree, or not, we still end up with a police state.

    The repubs and the dems are not different in this regard, see NC recent history.

    Ron Paul is the only alternative to the status quo, if it’s not too late already.

    What happens when the debt ceiling is raised, and no one buys treasuries? The Fed buys them, diluting every other dollar in the money supply. What happens when the feds can no longer meet their obligations, social security checks don’t go out. So, it’s either cut spending and quit borrowing, or inflate away the debt, or both. My expectation is that the feds will continue to borrow and the Fed will continue to monetize the debt, neither of which can be regarded as “promoting the general prosperity”

    But, you stick with the tired old arguments of partisan politics. It’s not at all counter productive.

    Or better yet, just bury your head in the sand and ignore that light at the end of the tunnel.

  2. Rob Schofield

    January 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Oh.

  3. M. Lynn Shoemaker-Younce

    January 5, 2012 at 10:20 am

    There is no rational (sane) explanation fir the GOP’s action in the dark of the morning hours. It can’t be justified away. Our governmental process has been hijacked from us by rightwing lunatics with a laundry list of retaliations. Taking the right for public school employees to have their dues and donations to the Children’s Foundation deducted directly from their meager paychecks only serves to suppress the collective voice of professional Educators who don’t agree with resegregation in public schools or use of public monies for privatizing for— on any level.

  4. david esmay

    January 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    @ non- Huh?

  5. Frances Jenkins

    January 6, 2012 at 7:01 am

    The money deducted from the checks of teachers does not go into a child fund. It goes into the pockets of the NCAE. The wages of the top management is four times that of a classroom teacher.

  6. gregflynn

    January 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    The NC Foundation for Public School Children is a separate non-profit that is funded with voluntary NCAE dues payments. It collects and disburses over $400,000 annually.

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