Tuesday Twitter roundup

It's all about the Benjamins:

Now we'll see a test of wills between moderate Republicans and my-way-or-the-highway Tea Party nutters:

The stopped clock theory strikes again. That is, they're at least partly correct; that money would be much better spent on other programs, but AFP would rather it not be collected at all. So instead of a clock it's more of a raging thunderstorm that puts out a forest fire, but then unleashes tornadoes that rip up all the surviving trees. Something like that.

Adding to the extremely long list of stupid things the Governor says...

Thank you. It needs to be talked about every day.

If you'll notice, the Peck left out the hyperlink so his followers wouldn't be able to find out what the hell he's talking about:

And this is why the Peck didn't want them to see it:

I recently completed my 2014 North Carolina tax return. My marginal tax rate increased 37 percent from my 2013 return.

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As an older (75), lower income ($10,250 adjusted gross income) retiree, I just finished doing my 2014 taxes. As usual, since retiring, my federal tax was zero. My North Carolina tax under the new tax law was $162. I wanted to see what the new tax law difference was, so I refigured my North Carolina tax using last year’s tax laws and the same $10,250 AGI. The result was $105 in tax.

The new 2014 tax laws dropped the $2,000 pension deduction, the charitable deduction for non-itemizers and the extra standard deduction for being 65 or older or blind, causing my taxes to be 54 percent higher than they would have been using the old tax laws.

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Consider this jewel in our 2014 North Carolina tax code, “No itemized deductions included on federal Form 1040 (Schedule A) are allowed as North Carolina itemized deductions except qualified mortgage interest, real estate property taxes and charitable contributions.” What this means to us poor saps is: No deductions for medical or dental expenses, medical insurance or HSAs, no student loan or education expenses, no alimony payments and many more. Simply stated, “They got the gold mine, we got the shaft.” Especially those retired people who traditionally have excessive medical expenses.

The Peck is right, though. This is a manufactured crisis, manufactured by the Republicans to cover their asses after cutting income taxes for the wealthy so much.

It's "you're" fired, dumbass. And if the shoe were on the other foot, if President Obama went over to Israel to address the Knesset at the invitation of left-leaning members and without consulting Netanyahu? You idiots would be going ape-shit.

Kinda looks like one of those Ewok babies from the forest moon of Endor...

I'm not going to click it. My BP is already way too high, and the aggravation just isn't worth it...*sigh*

It’s the height of ivory tower elitism for professors to defend--

Alright, that's all I can take. This jackass doesn't believe poverty even exists, so his credibility in the debate on how to fix it is non-existent.

Make no mistake, the managed care industry is determined to sink their teeth into NC's Medicaid pie. This Tweet was authored by a group of insurers headed by Aetna, who have been notorious for taking money and leaving patients out in the cold whenever they possibly could. It's not about saving the taxpayers' money, it's about siphoning that money off into the pockets of administrators. Something Republicans claim to be against.

Unfortunately, I doubt that opposition will take the form of votes come 2016.

Exactly the opposite, you lying sack of monkey droppings. It's a necessary move to prevent ISP's from exerting unfair power over their competition.

A picture that needs to be in margin of the dictionary next to the word "useless."

Note to the News & Observer: When you've become so commercialized that graphics accompanying stories about government are ripe ground for advertising space, don't be surprised when people get sick of it and stop reading. To say it hurts your credibility as a news source is like saying molten lava is a little warm.

Speaking of a credibility deficit:

Methinks there's a carbon monoxide problem in the Puppets' office space:

Based on official comments JLF submitted to the FCC in 2014, the new report arrives as U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., has announced plans to pursue legislation preventing the federal regulatory agency from overturning state or local broadband laws.

“The city of Wilson’s petition sought an end run around constitutional constraints to allow it to act independently of the legislature that created it,” said report author Jon Sanders, JLF Director of Regulatory Studies. “Granting the petition allows the city to continue to make questionable decisions beyond the reach of voters. Those decisions negatively affect Wilson voters’ taxes and electricity rates.”

Sanders reminded FCC commissioners that N.C. cities and towns “are constitutionally the creations of the state legislature,” and the General Assembly has constitutional authority over N.C. local governments, including local taxation and debt.

Nobody with half a brain believes the Legislature "created" the City of Wilson or any other gathering of citizens in this state. Whatever authority it has over municipalities was "created" by the Legislature itself, and that doesn't give the NCGA carte blanche to continually expand and refine its power over cities and townships.

And just to say it outloud: To use the "we have the power" argument to dissuade somebody else from exercising its power (the FCC) is such a foolish position all you can do is laugh.

On that exhausting note, here's your Onion:

No wonder I woke up with a headache...

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Yes, it's early

I have to take my mom to an early a.m. doctor's appointment, so you get it now or not at all.

I'll try not to make a habit out of it. :)

It will be interesting to see ...

... if Tillis's diatribes against the FCC's Net Neutrality decision are thrown back in his face when he runs again in a few years, particularly if the ads are running on Time Warner Cable, pointing out how cable companies are gouging consumers....