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A new-and-improved 'report' by the John Locke Foundation Puppetshow calls for tax relief in North Carolina. With a smarmy name that might have come out of the bowels of the Bush White House, the JLF Freedom Budget 2006 is mostly the same recycled talking points we’ve come to expect from ideologues who hate government more than they care about the common good.

RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators should close the books on two "temporary" taxes now that the taxes have helped generate a $2.4 billion state budget surplus. That’s a key finding in a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report. The report also recommends that lawmakers limit spending increases and eliminate local Medicaid bills for the state’s 100 counties.

The only thing worth actual consideration here is the recommendation to move Medicaid out of county budgets. Though they don’t give details, I’m assuming they mean to centralize administration at the state level.

Coletti said that proposal would also call on the state to assume $459 million that counties are expected to pay for Medicaid in the next budget year. “The Medicaid spending, although new spending by the state, will remove the fastest-growing item from county budgets and ease the pressure for new local taxes.”

If you haven’t kept up with all the trials and tribulations of Medicaid spending, you simply need to know that it’s a gigantic mess. The state is trying and failing to cut its back office costs through privatization, and there’s a strong likelihood that service levels will plummet as cost-cutting fever kicks in. It’s ironic to me that the Puppets actually want to expand state control instead of letting counties carry the burden. Next thing you know they’ll be calling for the federal government to take over in a system of national healthcare. Maybe John Hood and Hillary Clinton have more in common than anyone ever thought.


Ahhh, same talking points w/ new name

I agree the Medicaid issue is one that certainly deserves a great deal of attention. Sadly, like immigration, it's an issue that I have not studied much since Robert was helping us with some ins and outs earlier in the year.

John Hood and Hillary Clinton? I'm not a Hillary fan, but how can you insult her by mentioning her in the same breath with Hood? I have to admit, the pairing of their pictures forced me to read your post...I just had to know what in the world the two of them had in common. :)

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Hi you.

Thanks for holding down the fort over the past few days. I've been flat-out depressed about the sorry state of affairs in government, tempted to just say 'fuck it' and move to New Zealand. With assholes like Art Pope and Charles Taylor on one hand and morons like George Bush and Robin Hayes on the other, sometimes it just gets to me. We're gearing up for war in Iran . . . probably North Korea too . . . with an economy so unstable that it scares the shit out of me. Meanwhile, White House spin doctors put lipstick on the pig, saluting the illusion of a thriving economy and a successful war on terror, cherry-picking numbers and photo ops to make their pathetic cases.

Then you get the Puppetshow climbing onboard with their tax bullshit. If there were ever a time to be investing in infrastructure and maintenance, this is it, while we have a fleeting surplus. Because when the shit hits the fan - and it will - those most in need of public services are going to get slammed again.


It's overwhelming, isn't it? That's one reason I'm taking some time to try to figure out where I need to direct my research. Learning curves are a bitch at my age, so I want to concentrate on just the key issues. The national polls narrow it down to Iraq, economy and two others (my list is upstairs and I'm lazy) so I guess I need to start reading.

I haven't been doing a good job of holding down the fort. I notice Swing State Project has slowed posting, so I figure now is a down time for everyone as it is. Hopefully the painting will be finished in the next couple of weeks and I will be back full time before the end of July.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Pope moves to NZ! A moves to Art's Manison while he is gone!

I've been flat-out depressed about the sorry state of affairs in government, tempted to just say 'fuck it' and move to New Zealand.*A

Are you nuts! That is where Rachel Hunter lives and according
to Ed and you will be cover up with her fans in NZ after he found