More Art Pope Hypocrisy

There's a story below that shows how one of Art Pope's Puppets protests the practice of economic development while he votes for hundreds of thousands in incentives as a Lee County Commissioner. While doing that research, I also came across this small notice on the John Locke Foundation website.

The John Locke Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, nonpartisan think tank supported entirely from voluntary, tax-deductible contributions. Since opening in 1990, JLF has worked hard to become the broadest-supported think tank in North Carolina.

The irony is hard to take. Could Art "Free Market" Pope really be funding his Puppetshow on the backs of North Carolina taxpayers . . . all the while helping corporations reduce their tax burdens so John Hood can live large in Art's pocket?

Included among JLF’s donors have been some of the state’s leading corporate citizens — such as GlaxoSmithKline, Duke Energy, First Citizens, Wachovia, Progress Energy, Coca-Cola Consolidated, R.J. Reynolds, Microsoft, Lowe’s, Centura Bank, BB&T, Weyerhaueser, Harris-Teeter, and Martin Marietta Materials — as well as major grantmakers such as the John William Pope Foundation and the E.A. Morris Foundation. JLF raises money through formal grant applications and proposals, meetings and receptions, and campaigns conducted through mailings, paid advertising, and online appeals.

So every time some big business or wingnut rich guy donates money to JLF, they're getting a tax break from a government that Mr. Pope would like to see crushed into oblivion?

I know, I know, Pope will respond just like Virginia Foxx does when she's accused of scamming for pork barrel funding in her district. Everybody else is doing it, why shouldn't he? The reason is simple. Everyone else doesn't dedicate their lives to eradicating the government policies they're exploiting.


PS I know you're getting sick of stories about Art Pope hypocrisy, and I'm getting sick of telling them. Sorry, but somebody's got to do it.


It's hard to know who's worse.

Art Pope or Rusty Duke -- two white old rich men dedicated to re-creating North Carolina in their own reactionary images.

Do as I say...

When will Republicans quit living the lives they say they hate and start living this moral dream they espouse (sp?).

Trent Lott is a racist.
Newt Gingrich is a crook.
Ronald Reagan is an arms dealer.
GWB is a liar.
Tom DeLay is a criminal along with Cunningham, Ney, Safavian (sp?), and who knows how many others.
Bill Bennett is a gambler.
Bill Frist is an inside trader.
John McCain is a wuss. Yes, that's right. If he were still a man he would stand up for what he believes in and not cower to the right-wing fringe. He was a war hero, for which we owe him a debt of gratitude. Now he's just a shill.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Its a dirty job but A has got to do it!

S I know you're getting sick of stories about Art Pope hypocrisy, and I'm getting sick of telling them. Sorry, but somebody's got to do it.* A

It's dirty job, but you are the perfect man to do it. We are
giving you a raise and a free year with Pope at his mansion
for futher research into his deep inner mind on why he is becoming
the most expose rich repub control freak in the state.

Your next mission should you accept it, will be probing the mind
Pope Puppet John Boy Hood with a laser lite trying to find the brain
that makes him the most deep thinking idiot why his lawn boy should be
a felon after reading his comment today at Carolina Journal.

So who is the hypocrite, Art Pope or BlueNC?

Since when has it been hypocrisy for someone who believes in letting people keep more of their hard earned money from government through lower taxes, to take a tax deduction for a charitable deduction? Is it only the politically correct “progressive” Ford, Rockfeller and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundations that are to be allowed tax deductions?

Speaking of hypocrisy, one of the progressive leaders is Rep, Paul Lubke (D-Durham). But Rep. Paul Lubke voted for the regressive sales tax, not once, but twice, in 1991 and 2001, plus that “temporary” sales tax that is still with us. Rep. Art Pope and most Republicans opposed the sales tax increases both times. And it was Rep. Robin Hayes,(now Congressman) and the GOP majority in the House from 1995 to 1998, that led the way in repealing Terry Sanford’s “temporary” state sales tax on food.

So who is the hypocrite, Art Pope, Robin Hayes, Paul Lubke, Terry Sanford or BlueNC?


I seem to have touched a nerve

with this hypocrisy theme. And maybe I'm on thin ice . . . but I find it ironic that Pope is funding his political smear machine through tax-deductible contributions. Not only is it most likely illegal, it smacks of a coziness with the machinery of government that a good libertarian would find distasteful.

And as to your other points, I don't know the details of the Paul Lubke and Terry Sanford stories you're telling. And frankly they don't much matter to me. You're stretching back five years to find something to complain about. I'm more worried about the damage being done today.


PS If you want to accuse someone of hypocrisy, you might want to focus on me personally. BlueNC is a website. As far as I know, it has never written a comment or posted an entry.

But if he attacks you

I go into BITCH mode....and that wouldn't be pretty. :) I didn't even come close to BITCH mode in my bit of repartee with Ogre.

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

Hehehe...cute, Lance

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

Do you believe in equality before the (tax) law?

I must be getting old if “five years ago” is to long ago to care about. However, if you are against the regressive sales tax, then people today are paying for those sales tax increases. But maybe you do believe in raising everyone's and every type of tax, as long as you then get to decide how government spends it.

Sincere question rather than a debating point. What is the difference between the Pope Foundation using tax deductions to support public policy, and the Z. Smith Reynolds, Ford and Rockfeller Foundations doing so, other than one is conservative to libertarian, and latter are liberal to progressive?

Put another way, do you believe in equality before the law, even the tax laws?