Video of the day

For some reason, the good people at Oral Roberts University thought it would be a good idea to release a bald eagle in their chapel.  It was not.

More here.

Remembering MLK with low taxes

Just gotta love Pat McCrory’s statement on the March on Washington today:

Now, just a few hours later, we have the latest a case in point from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, who issued a statement today in which he said the following:

“All North Carolinians stand on the shoulders of what was accomplished 50 years ago today at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. We must keep Dr. Martin Luther King’s words alive, not by merely hearing or reciting them, but by transforming them into deeds that will create economic and educational opportunities for all. We must work together to create jobs, expand educational opportunities that will train and retrain our workforce, and lower the tax burden on our families [emphasis mine] to encourage more first-time homeowners and entrepreneurs whose success will stabilize our communities.”

When all you’ve got is a hammer, everything you see is a nail.  But wow, literally everything is tax cuts.  At least he didn’t take the opportunity to criticize rap music.

Fox news. Unreal.

Via Wonkblog.


Best. Headline. Ever.

First, I’ll share Pat McCrory’s recent comments in Asheville:

RALEIGH, N.C. — During a trip to Asheville Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory spoke to the Council of Independent Business Owners.

He used the event to talk his policies, highlighting a recent tax reform bill and defending other changes he has signed into law. According to the Mountain Xpress website, he went on to blast his critics.

“This is too complex for the journalists,” McCrory said, to laughter from the CIBO members. “They don’t have economics degrees. They’ve not been in business. I respect them greatly, but you get it. This is what we have to do to rebuild our economy. It’s not easy. I empathize with the people being impacted, but my goal is to get these people back into jobs.”  [emphasis mine]

It may be worth noting that McCrory’s campaign website says he graduated from “Catawba College in Rowan County, where he earned degrees in Education and Political Science.” There’s no mention of an economics degree.

Mark Binker’s headline (and he’s a friend of mine and I can completely imagine him saying this and the look on his face when writing this article):

This post may be ‘too complex’ for us to write

I absolutely, positively guarantee you Mark Binker is a hell of a lot smarter and more knowledgeable on economics than McCrory.

A longer piece in Asheville outlet also give us this:

He also said that he planned to increase vocational education, judge colleges based on the amount of jobs they created, and introduce performance pay for teachers, but “the unions are stopping us from doing that.”

North Carolina does not have teachers’ unions.

I used to be quite impressed with Pat McCrory’s political savvy.  But wow, not so much anymore.  He’s clearly showing the world how incredibly not bright (yes, I’m being euphemistic) he is and his political instincts on this are just awful.

Also, it must be mentioned just how pathetic it is how complete his delusional buy-in to the idea that cutting taxes is the policy solution to all economic woes.  Damn it, if only it were actually that simple.  Also wanted to mention this part:

McCrory devoted much of his remarks to economic matters, asserting, “We have to become more competitive.” He noted that his push to lower corporate and income tax is meant to help business and bring down North Carolina’s unemployment rate, still one of the highest in the nation.

“You and I know people who move out of state for six months and one day to avoid our taxes,” McCrory said. Through lower taxes, “I want them to [draw them back in and] have their permanent residence and business in North Carolina.”

I sure as hell don’t know those people. Obviously McCrory and his audience are running in much more rarefied circles.  Who is this guy– Mitt Romney.  The evidence is eminently clear that tax rates are somewhere around number 10 or lower of the most important things drawing people to a state and making it competitive.  But no tax cut true-believer was ever particularly interested in evidence.

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