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A great editorial in today’s NY Times from Paul Krugman where he slices and dices the Republican analysis that environmental regulations are taking jobs and killing the economy.

“…there are a number of industries inflicting environmental damage that’s worth more than the sum of the wages they pay and the profits they earn — which means, in effect, that they destroy value rather than create it. ”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/opinion/party-of-pollution.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha212

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Lawmakers are apparently going home today (thank goodness) after adjourning this week’s kangaroo session of the General Assembly. But lest anyone get the impression that the political sleight of hand and lack of process ran their course yesterday with the passage of the discrimination amendment, it should be noted that the circus continues.  

This morning, the House took up and passed a contoversial “conference committee report”  on a bill that amounted to a complete rewrite in which lawmakers inserted several pages of amendments on multiple topics unrelated to the original bill. The measure passed on a partisan vote over the objection of Democratic leaders.

In other words, once again, GOP leaders confirmed that their claims of being committed to openness and process are, in a word, baloney. 

 

This is getting ridiculous: The North Carolina General Assembly will convene in Raleigh in 73 hours with the apparent intent of amending our state constitution — the fundamental law of our land — and there has still been no official notice of what will be debated, when it will occur, or how the public might have input.

This is simply outrageous! Why the secrecy?

Heck, House Speaker Thom Tillis has already told us that he’ll be at a Republican country club gathering in Mecklenberg County on Tuesday night. We know that he’ll be raking in big bucks at another fancy downtown club in Raleigh three weeks from now, but the man cannot be bothered to tell the people of the state exactly what their elected officials will be debating next week.

Simply amazing.