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Senator Berger outlines the far right plan

Phil BergerWRAL has video of all 36 minutes of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s surprisingly far-ranging press conference today and today’s edition of the Fitzsimon File will have a thorough analysis shortly.

For those looking for some preliminary quick takeaways, however, here were a few of the highlights/low-lights:

Berger has decided to go all in with the far right agenda and appears to see it as his pathway to seeking the GOP nomination to take on Kay Hagan in 2014. Moreover, his legislative “agenda” was/is an utterly predictable recitation of Locke Foundation/Civitas/Art Pope priorities:

  • A new round of state budget cuts;
  • Education “reform” that focuses on turning most public school teachers into, effectively, “temps”;     
  • Unemployment insurance “reform” that slashes benefits and eligibility for out-of-work people;
  • Mandatory photo ID for all voters;
  • Complete resistance to implementation of Obamacare;
  • Abolition of the state corporate and personal income  taxes and re-institution of the state sales tax on food;
  • No new laws on guns, except perhaps, an examination of whether we might be able to move ahead with arming teachers and hiring armed guards for schools;
  • No movement on the legislation passed last year by the GOP-controlled House to provide compensation for eugenics victims.

 To which all a sane body can say in response is: God help us.

6 Comments


  1. James Protzman

    January 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Oh good. They finally found something for Berger to do … rip and read Governor Pope’s talking points!

    Good doggie, Mr. Phil. Maybe if you’re lucky, Art will give your a Milkbone treat.

  2. Frank Burns

    January 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    The citizens of NC can afford a “far right” agenda. It’s the far left agenda that brings us all down to the lowest common denominator.

  3. david esmay

    January 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    The far right agenda brings down the level of intelligence,quality of life and civilization, that’s for sure. Frank you are the lowest common denominator, if we use humanity as a bench mark.

  4. Frances Jenkins

    January 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    David is mean spirited, unkind and must have not had any friends when he was little. I think he was bullied.

  5. Jeff S

    January 16, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Yes, the recipe is well known by now.

    Take a healthy dose of corporate wellfare and mix in just enough social hatred to get the largely ignorant and undereducated white population to vote against their best interests to support you.

  6. Frances Jenkins

    January 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Rod radical left

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