Bank Run Burr

Bank Run Burr is back, warning private donor group about COVID 19

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Three weeks ago Burr was speaking to a private (elite) group of NC donors called The Circle (more on them later), and his warning to this group was dire indeed. He told them this wasn't just another virus, it was more akin to the 1918 Flu pandemic, which killed some 50 million worldwide. A few days after that private meeting, he issued a press release which included this message to his not-elite constituents: "The U.S. is in a better position than any other nation to handle a public health emergency like the Coronavirus." There are Two Americas, and no doubt about which one Burr really cares for. Circling back to the Circle:

Burr's anti-worker stance should be a game-changer

He wants to keep many people working for nothing:

He said the tendency of the Obama administration to implement regulations without the participation of Congress has made investors gun-shy. An example, he said, is a federal rule scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1 that will raise the pay threshold below which workers must get overtime pay from $455 a week to $913.

The amount has been unchanged since 2004. Supporters say it will put more money into the pockets of workers and keep businesses from treating some salaried workers unfairly by making them work extended hours without extra pay. Opponents say the increase is too large for employers to stomach all at once and businesses will hire more part-time workers or take other steps to get around the coming rule.

That current threshold puts people making $25,000 per year into a potentially devastating situation. Depending on the overtime hours required, it could keep them from working a 2nd part-time job. Or keep them from attending night school, or force them to pay for unnecessary child care, etc. If the (unpaid) overtime is only 10 extra hours per week, their hourly wage is about $8.90. But if it's closer to 20 extra hours per week, that wage plummets to $7.60 per hour. On a friggin' salary. Keep in mind, that (new) max threshold represents an annual salary of $47,476. Which in this economy ain't what it used to be, and very well may be the only income of the household. Granting them overtime protection is not radical, or "exorbitant." The word you're looking for is "fair."

Ross blasts Burr over voting record, policy positions

Poking where it hurts:

Ross said her campaign has focused on economic security from the beginning, meaning protecting and stabilizing Medicare and Social Security. She said Burr has voted to allow cuts to Social Security and wants to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

“You know what that means — less money that goes to the individual recipient and more money that goes to insurance companies,” Ross said. She said she has been all over the state and has not talked to anybody who thinks that turning Medicare into a voucher program is a good idea.

This is exactly the right approach to erode Burr's Teflon coating: Exposing his attacks on Social Security and Medicare to all those 60+ voters who turn out in droves to support Republicans. If the GOP was able to get everything they want in Washington, those retired people would be hung out to dry in short order. But instead of debating Ross on policy, the Burr campaign is relying on ad hominem rhetoric:

With Burr, it's either "do nothing" or pay-to-play politics

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Brings new meaning to the term, "Open For Business":

Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Loews Corp. Waste Management Inc., Transocean Ltd., and Nucor Corp. are all companies that Burr held stock in while these companies were lobbying for several energy and regulatory bills being debated in Congress that Burr cosponsored. Combined, these six companies spent over $42 million lobbying Congress and the federal Government over the same time period.

Four of these companies - Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Loews Corp., and Waste Management Inc. - also contributed $22,500 to Burr’s PAC’s between 2010 and 2016. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the oil and gas industry alone has donated over $380,000 to Burr’s PACs between 2003 and 2016.

And now the fossil fuel industry, thanks to the horrifically un-Democratic Citizens United decision, is once again coming to Burr's rescue with an $8+ million ad buy. Which begs (on hands and knees) the question: How can NC voters bring themselves to vote for a man who has so blatantly sold himself to special interests?

Burr should have kept his mouth shut about TPP

Because it opened the floodgates for criticism of his other trade deals:

Ross, a former state representative, has not made the trade deal a key point in her campaign but said she opposes TPP. “I have always said that I am against TPP,” she said. “We need to protect American workers and we need to stop trade agreements. It hurts the middle class.”

Burr decided to go after her only because he wanted “to mislead the public about his record on trade,” she said. “He voted for NAFTA,” she said. “He voted for CAFTA. He told people he wasn’t going to vote for trade deals, and he did.”

Open mouth, insert foot wearing a loafer with no socks. And this lame attempt at damage control is even worse:

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