Still think it’s all a “publicity stunt,” Senator?

Phil BergerAs you may recall, a spokesperson for Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger had the following to say about a recent effort by folks at the North Carolina Justice Center (NC Policy Watch’s parent organization) to call attention to the impacts of the federal budget sequester here in North Carolina:

“We are not engaging in the left-wing N.C. Justice Center’s daily publicity stunts,” said Amy Auth, spokeswoman for state Senate leader Phil Berger, in an email. “They should voice their concerns with federal legislation to our federal legislators.”

Today, comes news from the Department of Public Instruction that North Carolina schools will suffer a $63 million cuts as the result of the sequester — most of it in programs that serve vulnerable children.

Still think all this sequester business is a publicity stunt that doesn’t involve you Senator?



  1. Alex

    March 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    When I read all of the things in the United States that were funded by this little $ 45 Billion dollars associated with the sequester, I am thoroughly amazed. It’s almost like we were running all federal departments with this amount of money, even though all of them have more money in appropriations this year than they had last year. Most of this is nothing but pure unadulterated hogwash, since we really haven’t cut the budget in total at all.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    March 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

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  3. Jeff S

    March 19, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Really Alex? You’ve got the nerve to claim that you’ve read about the budgets, then claim incorrectly that “all” of these programs have more money after the sequester than before?

    Please, explain how that works. State cuts funding. Feds cut funding. How does the number increase?

    Or is this the type of math that cuts school funding, adds 70% back on another line item and then advertises that they’ve “added teachers”. I imagine the same people put out the press releases where you’ve “read” your current information.


    Anyway, these types of articles are barking up the wrong tree. The GOP wants to cut funding. Cutting funding to the “vulnerable”? That’s the best kind and will only bring a smile to the face of someone like TIllis. The only way they would care is if you told them the cuts were to corporate subsidies, or a particular issue that impacted them directly. If they cared about these people they wouldn’t be republicans in the first place.

  4. gregflynn

    March 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Since this time last year the US population has increased by 2.3 million. The budgeted appropriations don’t fully account for increases in population plus inflation so they were essentially cuts to begin with.

  5. emma

    March 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I know the world is turned upside-down when reporting the facts is a left-wing publicity stunt according to the spokesman of a guy that attended CPAC. Seriously, we are all being brought down by a party that has lost its grip on reality.

  6. Alex

    March 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I would be very disappointed if you actually believe that Greg ! Since we spent around $3.5 trillion last year, and are on target to spend $3.8 Trillion this year , it’s very difficult for me to see how we’ve cut anything at all. Although Bernanke says there is no inflation currently, I would think most agencies build it in to their requests. Cutting an anticipated increase in spending is not an overall cut, but it’s the only thing Washington understands.

  7. Doug

    March 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    The best thing to do would be add up all of these media reports on the cuts and then add them up. I bet you would have a trillion dollars by the time you finished that exercise.

    The truth is Berger has no bearing on the sequester. He could ask the democrats to do something reasonable, but that would only be met by the same response as the DC Republicans got. The fact is the dems want these cuts since it will devastate the things that fit their needs. 1. Devastate the military so we are weakend as a nation. 2. Cut education funding therefore creating an uneducated class that will go on welfare 3. Welfare = votes for dems. Lather…rinse…repeat, and we become the socialist utopia they desire.

  8. gregflynn

    March 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Always moving the goalposts. One minute we’re talking about appropriations – discretionary spending – next minute it’s all spending, discretionary plus mandatory. Bernanke hasn’t said no inflation. It’s 2% and that’s what he’s working with. He just said it was the least of our worries.

  9. Alex

    March 20, 2013 at 7:25 am

    When you look at the total figures greg, there is simply no argument. The sequester is nothing but peanuts in the total federal spending figure, but is being exploited for political reasons.

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